Right on the beachBeach Style Living Room, Sydney
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Interior wall panellingThough timber shiplap is rarely used in lieu of plasterboard anymore (it is installed over plasterboard in most cases), the relative ease of installation and the warm, textured look have made shiplap a popular choice among discerning designers.Best of the Week: 25 Shiplap Walls to Inspire
7. Whitewashed. Sydney, NSW
Should you paint your brick?Think carefully before painting interior or exterior brick. Brick is chosen as a building material because of its durable and built-in colour – of which there are more choices today. “Most brick was never intended to be painted,” says Crocker. “Long-term, maintenance-free painted brick requires careful planning.” According to the Brick Industry Association, if you paint your exterior brick, you should be repainting it every three to five years. The quality of your brick also should determine your choice. Brick that’s chipping, deteriorating, moulding or in overall poor condition is always a bad candidate for paint. Paint blocks the natural pores in the brick’s surface, which can cause existing problems to become exaggerated over time. “When water seeps in through the mortar, it also seeps into the brick through the inside, and since the bulk of the surface area is blocked, the moisture cannot evaporate off,” says Zumeta. Often this causes the paint to chip off.Also remember that removing paint from bricks is no easy process. Chemicals have to be used, and often the paint won’t come completely off. If you don’t like the look, you may be stuck with it.
How to style it: When you strip the bright colours out of a room, be sure to add texture. And this spring, it’s all about natural fibres: “Textural flat-weave floor rugs in materials such as jute, wool, silk and cotton are great transitional pieces for spring,” says Viscarde. “Layer rugs for a casual, bohemian feel.” She also suggests blending different timbers with similar tonal values to add interest, for example teaming blonde and lighter oaks with ash-based walnut and blackbutt. Rattan, leather and stone will also deliver an earthy, organic appeal.