Wednesday 23 March 2022

6 Tips For Making Your Kitchen Look Modern And Trendy

The kitchen is the heart of the home, which is why most of us like to keep it functional and looking great. Of course, with so many yummy meals and sweet memories being made in this space on a regular basis, it can start to look a little worn. 

A complete makeover is expensive and disruptive, so how do you give this important space a boost without committing to a complete transformation? With just a few adjustments and smart purchases, you’ll soon have your kitchen looking modern and stylish.
Ditch The Dirty & Decrepit
One of the easiest ways to instantly improve the look of a kitchen is to get rid of items that bring the aesthetic down. Think old tea towels, grubby scales, manky sponges, and a fridge covered in bills.

To address this, recycle or bin anything that’s broken. Deep clean anything that’s dirty, and replace any broken parts of things that are otherwise beautiful. If your cookware has seen better days, update it for a stainless steel cookware set. With all these tactics combined, you can expect an instant kitchen beauty boost with very little effort.
Paint Your Kitchen A Lighter Colour
Lighter colours brighten any space, especially if the current walls are a little bit worn and faded. Painting your cabinets is another easy way to brighten up your kitchen, especially if they look a little dated and could benefit from a new look. 
Add Some Art
Art is transformative for any space, and it’s an easy way to modernise your kitchen, especially if you’re renting and you can’t switch much up.

Try transforming the space with some gorgeous nature-based images like serene landscapes, botanical diagrams or photos of tropical leaves. This could even boost your health as science tells us that natural scenes can be healing and reduce our stress levels. 
Style It Out
Sometimes, the base of the kitchen design is modern and stylish, but there is something missing in the overall look and feel of the space. This is where styling comes in. It’s a cheap and clever way to instantly make a space look more modern and updated, and one you can change depending on current trends, the seasons, or even how you’re feeling on the day. Think flowers, plants, fresh fruit, and bright, beautiful tea towels. If you have a seating area, you could also add fresh and modern cushions and throws. 
Let The Light In
The way you play with light in your kitchen can totally transform how it looks and feels. Recessed lights, strip lights and hanging lights are just some examples of unique lighting styles used for different uses and to create different moods.

In the daytime, let natural light flood in. Natural light is known to be a health boost and it also ensures your kitchen looks as large and illuminated as possible. 
Splash For A New Backsplash
A new backsplash can be an easy win when it comes to making your kitchen look more modern and stylish. There are lots of ways to do it cheaply – you can even use peel-and-stick tiles for maximum effect and minimum effort. 
Hopefully, the ideas above have inspired you to make your kitchen look more stylish and modern. With just a few small changes, you can enjoy an updated space that gives you the welcoming vibes all dream kitchens should.

Till next time... how will you transform your kitchen? 

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Thursday 3 March 2022

How To: Create a Coastal Holiday Vibe with Three Birds Renovation

According to the Three Birds trio Bonnie Hindmarsh, Lana Taylor & Erin Cayless, creating a coastal oasis within your home can be achieved by focusing on the aesthetics of your interiors, pulling together a cohesive look that champions light and the ease of moving through spaces. The Three Birds Renovations team recently completed a stunning coastal cool dream home with open living spaces, a family-friendly kitchen, alfresco dining area and four bedrooms. This bright and breezy home incorporates all of the Three Birds team's signature styles and a focus on utilising natural light to add visual character to a room.

The Three Birds team wanted to champion light without using too many lamps or overhead lights so, unfiltered natural light was a goal. They love how curtains and window dressings, such as blinds and shutters can achieve a “soft light” and provide a certain mood to a space.
As with all of the Three Birds Renovations' interior designs, the entrance of this home makes a dramatic statement - with a spectacular curved stairway leading up to the second floor with stunning windows framing the space. To create a relaxed vibe, one of the trademark looks of coastal style is the use of shutters.
To add a touch of simplistic elegance Luxaflex® PolySatin® Shutters, were chosen as they can be custom-made to fit windows of various shapes and sizes. The Australian dream modern coastal home features a bright and open downstairs living area for relaxing with family and friends. To create an atmosphere that feels like a calm oasis, soaring windows that fill the space with light were implemented. To create a sense of softness in the room, without detracting from the flow of light, Luxaflex® Curtains in Chloe Mist, were chosen.
As the top of these super-scale curtains is high up within the void, the team opted for PowerView® Motorisation so they can be opened and closed with the simple touch of a button. The same curtains are used in the dining room to create a seamless look throughout the living areas.

With the importance light has on the feeling and how you live in a home, the Three Birds team wanted to give the home- owner an elegant, yet functional design that allows for them to harness and beautifully diffuse natural light to their exact preference. Luxaflex® Silhouette® Shadings in Nouveau Candid Coconut was chosen for the spacious Great room and Media room. A clever blend of on-trend design aesthetics and practicality, the innovative material used allows you to see outside, whilst restricting the view from the street for privacy.
The unique design bounces incoming light up onto the ceiling and naturally brightens the room - a perfect solution for a room that’s naturally a little dark.

The main bedroom is one of the most luxurious spaces in this dream home - a hotel-style retreat with vast ensuite, walk-in robe, sitting area and private balcony. Soft furnishings such as bed linen, rugs and window dressings are effortlessly layered to add textural depth and dimension. To add softness and style Luxaflex Curtains in Zion Raw were chosen to compliment the blockout Luxaflex® Duette® Shades in Apollo Truth, to ensure the space is ideal for sleeping. The blinds bottom-up operation means they can be pulled up and sit neatly at the top of the French doors when not being used.
As well as adding an element of style, Duette® Shades play an important role in helping moderate the temperature in the bedroom. Their unique honeycomb structure traps air, which provides a layer of insulation that helps keep the home's interior warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The balance of light control, privacy and the energy-efficient qualities that Duette® Shades provides, make it perfect for an Australian home.

For any family home, creating dark and peaceful spaces for rest and relaxation is essential. Luxaflex® Duette® Shades with LightLock™ in Bamboo White truffle was selected for each remaining bedroom. As well as providing all-important insulation, the LightLock™ feature ensures total darkness, for a good night's sleep.
Throughout the space, the casual yet timeless elegance of shutters work in any room and create a sense of unity throughout the home. The PolySatin® Shutters are an ideal option for wet areas as they are impervious to moisture, and won't blister, peel or fade. The shutters offer the look of painted white timber without the splinters, and they require a lot less maintenance than wooden shutters. The shutters in both bathrooms are paired with the ClearView operation giving unobstructed views.
Nothing completes an Australian modern coastal home than an outside area to entertain, play and relax. So much time is spent outdoors, so it’s important to have a space that can function, no matter what season it is. Window coverings play an important role in the exterior of a home, especially to shade areas designed for outdoor entertaining, or to protect a home's interiors from the damaging effects of the sun. Maximising living space with a seamless indoor-outdoor transition has been a key trend over the last year and shows no signs of slowing down this summer. Outdoor awnings remain hugely popular as they offer advanced sun protection and airflow for a more enjoyable entertaining space, whilst providing the added benefit of helping maintain the internal temperature.

It’s ideal to have an awning that blends in with the homes’ style and doesn’t detract the overall look. That’s why the Three Birds team chose to cover the BBQ area with Luxaflex® Evo Pivot Arm Awning in Dickson fabric, with PowerView® Motorisation, so it can be easily opened or closed - even from inside the home, and it complements the overall aesthetic. By incorporating these contemporary elements that ‘coastal holiday feeling’ was achieved throughout the entire home.

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Till next time... which is your favourite 'go to' window dressing? I might be a tad bit in love with those shutters!

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