Villa RedfernoEclectic Dining Room, Sydney
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3. Sum up your personality and clearly explain how it informs your design choicesIf you have strong tastes, the architect will need to work around this, as you can see in this image – in a home designed by Weston. Here, a client with particular views on colour worked with the architect at the final fit-out stage. “A client should allow the architect to be the representative during the construction phase and utilise their skill as the main line of communication between architect and builder,” says Weston. “We are impartial and have their interests at the forefront to ensure everything is built as per the contract package.”
If the previous project is a little too ‘out there’ for your tastes, take a leaf out of this colourful yet restrained kitchen’s playbook and limit your palette to three contrasting shades, along with hints of black and white. Applying the different hues to block sections of your cabinets, rather than in a jigsaw-like pattern, will also help harness the colourful scheme and ensure it doesn’t appear overly kooky or chaotic.
2. Add curtainsWhether you are a renter or owner, making the most of your curtains can go a long way. Again, it’s all about changing the vibe of the room, so try to do the exact opposite of what is currently in place. These bright pink curtains would be the perfect pick for a room that once had neutral drapes.
Colour for personalityI love this space because the architects at Scott Weston Architecture Design obviously had a strong brief from their clients on how the space should reflect who they are. There are so many colours in this room that are picked up in the selection of the furnishings, joinery, curtains and even the pot plant. There was no need for a colour selection for the walls except for a not-so-subtle black print that provides further evidence of the homeowners’ personality. You just want to know what all the other rooms in this house look like. Remember though, that this colour palette is not for everyone. Some would argue that no restraint was shown, but that is far from the truth. Considerable thought was given to coordinating the colour of the chairs to match the curtains, and the tabletop to match the overhead cupboards. Colour is an individual preference and a reflection of you.See more of this home
Daring coloursRetro style is not for wallflowers so dare to use colour wherever possible. If you’re looking to the ‘60s and ‘70s for inspiration, think bright orange, purple, pink and lime green – groovy, baby! HOW TO DO IT: Inject some solid blocks of black, white or natural timber to give your style a grown-up edge.
The back of the property was demolished, including the downstairs living space and the bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen used to be outdoors as the breezeway of the terrace. Weston knocked it through to the boundaries to create a larger space with a link to the courtyard outside.