How To Create A Living Room Focal Point

When you walk into a room the first thing you notice is its focal point. This may be some attractive feature like…

When you walk into a room the first thing you notice is its focal point. This may be some attractive feature like a nice view from a window, fireplace or artwork. It can also be something less than desirable like an unsightly looking TV or a drab, blank wall. Often the most used room in the house (especially when entertaining guests) having a living room with a strong, appealing focal point is a great way to make a positive statement and will set up the people to view the rest of the house in a positive light.

Making the Most of What You’ve Got

When it comes to design, it’s always best to work with the architecture and features you have rather than fight against them. If you already have a strong, visually appealing element in the room – like a window full of natural light & a good view, a fireplace or strong architectural detail like an exposed brick wall – then there’s no point trying to reinvent the wheel. Make the most of what you’ve got and use other design elements in the room to accentuate it.

Making Something From Nothing

Some rooms won’t have a natural focal point, so in these cases you’ll have to create one yourself. There are lots of different options that can catch the eye – adding a feature wall, covering unsightly windows with boldly printed curtains, utilizing a brightly coloured item of furniture or intelligently positioning ornate shelving or vintage items like a record players. What you should choose depends on both your sense of style and the space you’re working with.

Don’t Be Afraid To Go Bold

If you’re working with a room that lacks focus, employing bold colours can be a great way of achieving your desired effect. For example, painting your ceiling a deep red and framing with with dark moulding will certainly draw the eye. However, when highlighting individual elements like this it’s also important to keep other colours and patterns in the room to a minimum so that they don’t compete too much. You don’t want people feeling overwhelmed when they walk in.

Less Is More

As tempting as it can be to “go big”, a well designed room should definitely only ever have one focal point. More than this sets up an unhealthy competition for visual attention and makes the room feel uncomfortable. Just. Don’t. Do. It! Looking for more design and style tips to include into your new house build? Get in touch with us today!

7 Stylish Kitchen Design Ideas

Designing your kitchen is can be very exciting but before you get too far into Pinterest, check out these 7 tips that…

Designing your kitchen is can be very exciting but before you get too far into Pinterest, check out these 7 tips that keep both function and design in mind.

Think Ahead
Your new kitchen will end up being the heart of your home. So when it comes time to design, put function first. For instance, make room for storage. Pots, pans, tupperware containers and utensils. Your kitchen needs to store them all so be cautious to give yourself enough storage for everything. Remember: a practical kitchen will make your life much easier.

Styling
Dark colours shrink spaces and may leave your new kitchen feeling small and uninviting. Use light colours to make your kitchen feel fresh, bright and welcoming. Pick one area to be the focal point. Shiny bench tops with loud splashbacks are very distracting to the eye – just pick one, eye catching point for everyone to enjoy.

Eliminate wasted steps
Think about where and how things will be used. Keep dishes and cutlery near the sink and dish washer to ease the never-ending loading and unloading. You can think about your current kitchen and determine what works and doesn’t.

Directing Traffic
If you have kids you don’t want them near the cooktop, knocking over pans or hurting themself so keep the cook top out of the general walkway. With the fridge, it needs to be accessible to people passing by for a quick snack and for when you’re working in the kitchen.

Microwave location
With a new kitchen, you longer have to keep the microwave on valuable bench space. Instead, you can find the right microwave height. Your family needs will dictate where your microwave will be placed. If you want children to be able to use the microwave place it just under the bench. If it will be mostly used by adults, 40 cm above counter with the overhead cabinetry is ideal.

Plan your workspace
Give yourself enough space on either side of the cooktop. This is your workspace, keep it open so you can get creative (or messy) in the kitchen!

Keeping clean
Keep a rubbish bin close to your preparation area by dedicating a spot that’s made for one. That way, the bin is always close by and you can keep your workspace clear.

Contact Perceptions today to talk to our team about designing your kitchen in your new home.

Project Build vs Custom Build

Deciding whether to choose a custom home design or project build (standard home designs) all depends on your individual needs. Some home…

Deciding whether to choose a custom home design or project build (standard home designs) all depends on your individual needs. Some home builders only work with project builds, whilst others only create one-off home designs. Here at Perceptions we have the knowledge and expertise to handle both custom and project builds.

So that you can make the best decision for yourself and your family, we’ve highlighted some pro’s and con’s for both custom and project builds.

PROJECT BUILDS

Pros
The most common factor for people going with a project build is cost. Projects builds can save you a lot of money. This is usually a deciding factor for first home buyers or young families. The price is set from the beginning and there aren’t usually any surprises that could throw your expected cost out. These homes have been built many times and the process is tried and tested.

Time is another element that often affects the decision to go with a project build. You can often get a house built a lot quicker than if you went with a custom build.

Cons 
Typically, project builds don’t take into consideration which way your house is facing which affects elements like natural light. Plus, many of these designs won’t take full advantage of odd shaped blocks. If you already have land then a project build might not work for you and what you require.

CUSTOM BUILDS

Pros
If you have a block of land that is a funny shape or slopes, a custom build is most likely the way to go. It is rare for a project builder to have floor plans that will work outside the usual shapes and sizes. Custom builds are good in this regard because they are able to be flexible and moulded into essentially whatever you desire. If you have a unique flair for design, style or your family has certain needs then a custom home is for you. The options open right up when going down this path.

Cons 
Building a custom home means that you won’t know what the final design will look like until it finished. This is a benefit of a project home as they have display homes of the exact plan that you are buying.

Weigh up what is important to you and make your decision based on that. At Perceptions we offer a range of homes from value-for-money to luxury custom. Click here to view our standard range or contact us today to create your dream home.

Wish List Ticked

Perceptions single storey homes come with all the luxury inclusions you could want as standard. Outdoor kitchen? Tick! Games room? Tick! A…

Perceptions single storey homes come with all the luxury inclusions you could want as standard. Outdoor kitchen? Tick! Games room? Tick! A soaring, raked, timber- lined ceiling that flows from the living area to the alfresco? Big, big tick!
All of our single-storey homes come with these luxury inclusions:

  • Feature front elevation
  • European Smeg 900mm appliances
  • SMEG VIP dining experience
  • Essatone solid benchtops throughout
  • Caroma Quatro solid mixer tapware throughout
  • Caroma Carboni seamless basins
  • Inset laundry trough and cabinet
  • Comprehensive consultation with a qualified Interior Designer

We offer a range of single storey homes from value-for-money to luxury custom. Click here to view our standard range or contact us today to create your dream home.

Dream a Little Larger

For those who dream a little larger, you can discover next level luxury with Perceptions two storey homes. You’ll find luxuries you…

For those who dream a little larger, you can discover next level luxury with Perceptions two storey homes.

You’ll find luxuries you would expect in a large home like a scullery, home theatre and alfresco, and some you might not like a glass elevator or a mezzanine walkway. Our craftsmanship perfected over 35 years of building experience is on display in every home we build.

We have a large range of two storey home designs starting from under $250,000. Click here to view our portfolio.

All of our two-storey homes come with these luxury inclusions:

  • Feature front elevation
  • European Smeg 900mm appliances and a SMEG VIP dining experience
  • Essatone solid benchtops throughout
  • Caroma Quatro solid mixer tapware throughout
  • Caroma Carboni seamless basins
  • Inset laundry trough and cabinet
  • Comprehensive consultation with a qualified Interior Designer

Experience it for yourself: View our Display Homes today.