Do It Yourself guide to Contemporary Style.

If you like to keep up-to-date with current styles and you enjoy modern things then Contemporary Style is for you.

Most people think that modern interiors are very cold, with no warmth or heart but in contrast, contemporary interiors are curated to be welcoming without clutter. These interiors highlight space as opposed to things like knick knacks and keep things looking sleek by showcasing different colours and shapes. Read our DIY guide for Contemporary Style below.

Flooring

Starting from the ground up, your flooring options define your interior style more than anything. For a contemporary look, use smooth wood or tiles and soften them up with a geometric style rug.

Colours

The most well suited colour palette for contemporary style is a mix of black, white and other neutral tones. Then, liven the space up with punches of bold colour blocks (you can incorporate these pops of colour with artwork and cushions etc) and as a bonus it’s easy to update your colours as trends change.

Furniture

This one is easy. Contemporary furniture needs to be simple so it means that anything on the list below is a big no-no:

  • No skirts or valance on your beds
  • No trims
  • No fringe
  • No tassels
  • No ruffles
  • No busy prints (like florals)
  • No carving detail
  • Nothing cute (like cat cushions)
  • Nothing small (like lots of trinkets and knick-knacks)

When choosing your furniture, remember that less is more!

We’ve been working with all of our clients to help create and improve their contemporary designs so if you need any more information or inspo, get in touch with us today.

The “Must Know” about Dual Occupancy Homes

Dual occupancy homes are growing in popularity across Perth right now and it’s because of the potentially huge financial and lifestyle benefits. It’s easy to dismiss the idea of a dual occupancy home but it’s much cheaper to build a dual occupancy home than to build a second home as an investment or to house your elderly parents/visiting family members.

At Inspired Homes WA we’re committed to future proofing your home so we have compiled a list of reasons a dual occupancy is worth considering.

1. A New Income Stream
Thanks to the internet it’s easier than ever to bring extra money into your household and dual occupancy homes are perfect for this. Our clients have reaped the financial benefits of their dual occupancy homes by renting out the additional areas on Airbnb and other platforms.

2.Keep your Teenagers Quiet
Dual occupancy homes are PERFECT for busy teenagers that are studying for exams or wanting to have their own space. While the additional space remains completely accessible by all household members think of this as the ultimate teenagers (or parents) retreat.

3.Perfect for Entertaining
Whether you’ve got family visiting or some friends coming over the additional space offered by a dual occupancy home gives you the peace of mind knowing that overnight guests are going to be comfortable and in their own space.

4.Keep your Parents Safe
Did you know that Perth has a shortage of suitable homes for the elderly? The most common reason we build dual occupancy Homes is because of our clients need to take care of their parents. Rather than putting your parents in a foreign and uncomfortable environment you can have your parents live alongside you and your family. They have their own space and can live as independently as they wish giving you the peace of mind that you’re right next door.

All of our designs are able to be customised for dual occupancy. If you want to learn more or to talk to us about dual occupancy Homes get in touch today.

Fall in love with Essa Stone!

Part of our Built Complete guarantee is our promise to build all of our homes with good quality materials so, drum roll please…let us introduce Essa Stone.

Owned by Laminex Australia, Essa Stone is our go-to company for high quality stoneware. Their range of designs is huge and have the look of luxurious, natural stone. Their range varies from classic european styles all the way to amazing, modern industrial styles.

Since they manufacture their own stone it gives us some degree of flexibility when it comes to customisation. From time to time we’re able to choose from a range of finish options like matte finishes, gloss, ingenious and weathered looks.

We all know that real marble bench tops are quite porous, since Essa Stone is manufactured to survive the day to day happenings inside your kitchen it is going to stand the test of time. If you do stain your benchtop the Essa Stone website is full of tips and tricks on how to clean and care for your stone.

If you haven’t already, check out the Essa Stone website here – http://www.essastone.com.au/.

Let’s make Hamptons Style HAPPEN!

If we’ve noticed anything recently it is that the classic Hamptons Style is so in right now and why not? It’s fresh, it’s beachy chic and perfect for Perth. We’ve been building and designing homes for over ten years now and when it comes to design tips, no one knows more than our Operations Manager, Danielle.

We managed to pull her away from her desk and pick her brains on Hamptons Style living (and they’re pretty good) read her tips below!

Tip #1 – Colours!

The best way to set the foundation of any style is colours. For a Hamptons vibe you want to get your inspiration from natural colours like these,

  • Neutral, creamy tones
  • Bleached timbers
  • Tinted Blues
  • Warm Pastels like pinks and oranges

The trick here is to not use too many of the colours above. You need to pick one of the bullet points above and stick to it. Of course you can subtly mix them like the neutral creamy tones with a bit of bleached timber but if you mix too many of them you will have a Hamptons disaster.

Tip #2 – Balance, Symmetry and Naps

Anyone with a Pinterest account knows that balancing a room symmetrically is key. You can’t balance a room without a good focal point that brings the entire room together and the best way to do this is start with the bigger pieces (like your couch). Make sure your couch is big and inviting, you don’t see small, hard looking couches in all those fabulous Hamptons homes right? So choose a soft coloured lounge suite that just wants to come over and take a nap.

Tip #3 – Accessories for Days

Now that you have your hero piece you can balance the room with some well styled key pieces. For the perfect Hamptons Vibe you need to mix some contemporary pieces with rustic and eclectic pieces like lamps, display boxes and trinkets.

Now for the fun part, accessorising! Add some personality to your house with throw pillows, rugs, baskets and vases that all encompass a sense of coastal living. You can also warm up your room with a fabulous lamp.

Now that you have all the tips you need to create the perfect Hamptons look in your home you can go shopping! Don’t forget to share your before and after photos with us, we can’t wait to see them!

Inspired Homes wins again!

We are thrilled to kick off this year’s HIA award season by winning the 2017 HIA Kitchen and Bathroom – Livable Kitchen of the year award! Obviously it goes without saying that we couldn’t do it without our team. They shape our company for the better everyday and we are proud to stand with them in accepting this award.

The award winning entry is situated in Tuart Hill and is a modern Hampton influenced four bed, two bath villa that was purpose built for the livable homes initiative

Its kitchen was ergonomically designed and we packed it full of the features that we know our clients will love! From the extra-wide threshold through to the slip resistant flooring we had the needs of our clients at the forefront of our mind when it came to designing this home, especially the kitchen. Here’s a list of award winning features we built,

  • Extra wide, 1.2m width threshold that leads to kitchen
  • Industrial pendant lights over the island
  • Easy access to the Garage from the Kitchen
  • Double, undermount sinks with spring veggie mixer
  • Slip resistant flooring
  • Lower cabinets and lower installed accessories to allow better access for residents
  • Essa Stone benchtops and Laminex finish doors
  • Under bench microwave
  • Huge walk in pantry with a door wide enough to allow for wheelchair access
  • Dual under bench Asko Ovens

Don’t think that we built these amazing features into this kitchen for the sole purpose of winning awards. Every project we take on comes with our Built Complete promise which means that we include higher quality products and a bespoke design feel all the time which is what sets the award winners apart from the runners up.

Inspired Homes WA is so proud and humbled by this award, we’ve got our fingers crossed for the rest of the award season so stay tuned for what we are hoping is a very successful year for our team!

Danielle and Vas Spaseski