Residential InteriorsScandinavian Kitchen, Sydney
Richard Whitbread, Fairlight interior by Amazema.
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Side effect 3: Changing your mindThis generally involves waking in the middle of the night to realise the black rectangular tiles you’ve already spent a fortune on should be geometric. Or pink. Or deciding that you hate your paint colour choice after the first two coats. Or that the layout of your new extension is all wrong, or that the new windows are too small, or that the freshly laid flooring is, actually, now you can see it, the wrong material and colour, or that you wish you’d gone for a different benchtop than the one that was fitted yesterday… The cure: Changing your mind isn’t a problem if you do it early in the day. In fact, it may actually be a good thing – better to do so swiftly and decisively rather than live with regrets later. However, changing your mind too far through major renovations is inevitably going to cost you money, time and possibly your sanity.The best prevention is to research well before you start. This means materials, stockists, colours, products – and dimensions, don’t ever forget dimensions. If you can, visit showrooms and check out taps, sofas, carpets, everything, in real life. Call in plenty of paint testers and samples, and read reviews, scour product descriptions carefully, or speak to someone on the phone or email. Brief your contractors carefully and clearly, and double-check details – there’s nothing worse than getting home after a hard day’s work and discovering the tiles have been laid in the wrong formation or in the wrong place, or that you didn’t check the box when they came and actually they’re just not the right tiles. If you’re indecisive by nature, and therefore prone to changing your mind, build this into your choices and budget. For example, opt for a neutral backdrop and change accessories regularly.Browse neutral interior schemes
Manufactured quartz finishes have several advantages over natural marble. Unlike their natural counterparts, they are stain-resistant, easy to maintain and don’t require sealing. However, be aware that these marble-look finishes don’t come cheap. They can, in fact, be up to double the price of the same material in a plain colour, such as white.Read more kitchen stories