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What’s hot in home design in 2013

With Channel 9’s The Block kicking off again we have seen some great home décor ideas – and some wacky ones. If you’ve been inspired to update and re-style your home, here are four design trends to take you through 2013.

 1. Emphasis on art

This doesn’t mean you have to make the whole room the art piece as we saw in Kim and Matt’s Jackson Pollock inspired paint splatter room. A large piece of art is a great addition to a living space and using colours from the artwork around the room is one way to blend the room together. Pick one or two colours from the artwork to reflect in the paint or soft furnishings around the room. To really ‘hero’ your piece of art, consider installing a spot light.

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2. A ‘pop’ of colour

This is a trend we have seen on The Block before and it’s a great way to add style to your home. The key here is to choose neutral colours for most of the room and then pick one or two bright colours to repeat a few times around the room. The ‘pop’ of colour could be something large like a lounge or wall or could be something more subtle like cushions, vases, or rugs.

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3. A feature wall

Feature walls have been popular for years because they are a great way to liven up a room. This year it’s all about the patterned feature wall. For a subtle look try a textured wallpaper in similar colours to the rest of the room. If you’re feeling brave pick a bright colour or bold pattern to really up the design stakes. Don’t be afraid to use contrasting colours – if you stick to just a couple of colours the contrast can add interest and style to a room. Wallpaper can be tricky though, so it is important to get the right materials and technique to avoid having to restart.

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4. Comfortable kitchens

This year we are seeing a return to warm homey kitchens. The sleek, minimal look that has been popular over the last few years is giving way to a more natural and classic style. Materials like wood, slate, and weathered concrete that look ‘vintage’ make for a more lived-in feel. Tiles that look handmade or hand painted are a great way to inject some personal style and can be used on splashbacks, countertops or flooring. Using colour on splashbacks, countertops, and cupboards will also help to warm up a kitchen and move away from the all-white minimal look.

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This summer season’s makeover trends

With summer almost upon us, Hire A Hubby thought it might be time to embrace the warm weather with five of the ‘hottest’ home makeover ideas to make the most out of your home.

1. Wall collages

Haven’t had the time to hang those pictures up? Walls looking tired? Why not make a wall collage with photographs of family, friends, travel or artworks and liven up that bare wall. To work out how you want to group your frames, lay the largest on the floor and gradually add the smaller frames. To have your frames professionally aligned and spaced, give your local Hubby a call.

2. Splash of colour

Splashes of colour are on trend at the moment. Whether you’re thinking about painting a feature wall or an entire room, adding colour to a room instantly gives it a bright and fresh look. If you don’t want to paint a whole wall but want to add a splash of colour, consider painting window and door trims bright colours. Traditionally, all of the trim in a home is white, so infuse a space with excitement by painting the trim a fun shade. Have you locally Hubby come around and do it in no time.

3. Create an outdoor retreat

When the weather warms up it’s time to extend your living area outside. It’s easy to transform your outside area into an inviting, comfortable space where you can entertain friends or simply curl up with a book. Alfresco is a huge trend at the moment, so throw open the doors and reclaim open spaces. By giving your outdoor space a fresh coat of paint and investing in indoor-inspired-outdoor-furniture you are on your way to creating your own outdoor retreat ready for summer.

4. Shelving

Another way to liven up a bare wall and create handy storage units is installing shelves. Strategically placing objects and personal belongings on the shelves decorates the wall and at the same time creates storage space for those objects you don’t want to hide away in a cupboard. Having trouble finding where to start? Call Hire A Hubby and tell him your shelving plans.

5. Want less lawn?

If mowing the lawn on a hot summer’s day isn’t appealing to you, why not turn your backyard into a stone and pebble floor feature? Whether covering a large or small area, these floor designs limit the use of water and are much easier to maintain than lawn. Placing plants amongst the pebbles adds texture and colour to the feature. Have your local Hubby come over and talk to you about how to get started and the best stones to choose.

Like these ideas but think you may need some help? Give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.