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Paint Colour Trends for Living Rooms in 2022

For 2022, there is not one colour or shade that’s currently popular. The trend is simply towards colour in general, or just not white!

The trends in home colours change in decades, not years, so it’s too soon for plain white to make a comeback.  With that said, some of the most popular colour trends for living areas for 2022 are:

Green
After a decade of “being beige”, up next is a decade of different shades of green, from the cheerful, stronger greens, to the softer colours, like eucalyptus.  One of the shades that has gained broad appeal is sage green, a light, dusty shade of green. It is the most innocuous pick for people who like colour, but is hesitant to go bold.

Gelato colours
Another trend is more pastel colours, ranging from soft to intense to more low-key. These are the colours you would usually see in Italian gelato shops. There are columns of pure, pastel colours and those faintly dustier tones. Both of these colour ranges have equal space in the market.  You can also consider a bright mango or deep coffee, then you have more subdued pistachio, banana, peach or macadamia.

Subdued Memphis Milano
Memphis Milano is a trend in the 80s, consisting of contrasting block colours in primarily geometric patterns. This style is making a comeback, but with dusty or subdued tones.  This style has many colours together that are contradictory on the colour wheel. For example, it would be common to see a lilac beside a yellow.

Here are more examples of colour wheel opposites:
Red and green
Pink and green
Blue and yellow
Blue and orange

This can be considered wild for people who are just beginning to explore colours and can be quite blunt. However, it becomes quite the opposite when combined with the trend of subdued dusty or pastel colours.

On the other hand, there is also a trend towards pairing colours that are located right next to each other in the colour wheel. For example, a lilac next to a pink.

The colours right next to each other include:
Blue and green
Pink and red
Pink and purple
Yellow and orange
Yellow and green

Again, this can be described as more light and subdued rather than bright and bold.

Cool colours
It is alright for the living area to be a little cooler in relation to colour shades. Your whole house need not be done in warm colours, or it becomes too sweet.
The disparity between faintly warmer tones in the bedroom and colour tones such as greens and blues in the living areas complements each other.

How to choose colours:
If you’re unsure which colour to pick for your home, here are tips to guide you:
1. Ask the professionals. You don’t need to pay for one because there are apps that can help you with colour selection and creation.
2. Be confident. It’s actually rare for people to paint a room and regret it after, especially if they choose soft colours and gentle tones. There is a big gap between people’s fear of colour and then how satisfied they are with the results.
3. Use samples. They are a lifesaver. Paint large squares on your wall, leave it for a few days and then make a decision.

Check out more colour combinations at my Pinterest Board.

How to Avoid Mistakes in Open Plan Living

Open living spaces are very popular, but it can easily look cavernous and unwelcoming, or overcrowded and messy. The key is to get the proportions, layout and floor plan right.

Here are some expert tips and advice that you can use when executing your open plan living ideas.

Getting Your Open Plan Living Layout Right

Finding the balance between design and floor plans can be quite tricky. So, how do you avoid an open plan living space that is huge, or too cramped and cluttered?

To make sure the space doesn’t become too open and huge, create zones within the open area with the use of proportion-sized rugs. Don’t enclose the area and go against the design by avoiding furniture that is too high or that disrupts the line of sight across the room.

When choosing rugs and furniture for this purpose, start with a big rug to create a zoned area. Make sure there is sufficient seating that is arranged to promote engagement and conversation.

Linking the three areas: kitchen, living and dining

Creating a cohesive design across your kitchen, living and dining areas can be achieved by incorporating similar elements across all three areas.

Use a similar colour palette throughout, as well as the same texture. Choose furniture and accessories throughout that balance each other. Cohesion begins at the design process by choosing one flooring and one paint colour across the three areas.

Feature walls and similar elements don’t complement a cohesive open plan living space. Just keep it simple and uniform in the entire space.

Keeping an Open Plan Living Area Clutter Free

Hiding messes in an open plan living area is impossible because there is no door you can close on the room. So, apart from having a designated room of shame, what can you do to keep your open living spaces looking roomy and neat.

Storage should already be considered during the planning and design stage. This is an effective way to store everyday items in cupboards as much as possible.

It’s fine to have décor items on display as it makes the home fee homier, but make sure to leave one clear surface in every space. If you want to have vases or other items on the side cabinet, make sure the dining area is unobstructed.

Mistakes in Open Plan Living

Mistakes in renovations can be expensive. When it comes to open plan living, the number mistake is not looking at the overall size of the area and the matching proportions of the furniture. Look at the whole space, and also look at the individual zones of every area.

If the space combines that living and dining area, what you can do is divide the areas to the family requirements. This would usually involve allocating about 50% to living, 30% to dining and 20% to open space. 

 

 

6 Ways to Design the Perfect Entertaining Area


When designing your outdoor entertaining area, consider how you want to interact with the space. From planning your kitchen layout to choosing essential appliances, here are tips on how to create the perfect entertaining outdoor space.

  1. Decide on your kitchen layout

Determine how you want to utilise the space and plan based on it. While the size of the area will influence many things, the next thing you need to think about is the cooking area, or the barbeque, and the table/sitting area.

There are now apps that can help you plan your cooking area. These apps provide you a variety of options, including different colour templates and barbeques. You can also get help deciding on whether you want drawers, a fridge, wok burners or a sink.

  1. Your must-have appliances

Whatever you envision for your outdoor entertaining area is possible – whether you just want a barbeque and a table or you dream of a kitchen with all the works.

There is a broad range of options for wok burners, fridges and sinks. Even a simple barbeque will have tons of available features and options.

Make sure your outdoor space is functional and fits your lifestyle. If you love alfresco, you don’t have to cook indoors again.

  1. Put up a cover

Covering your outdoor area will allow you to use it all-year round. It will keep your kitchen area clean, ensuring that your appliances and outdoor furniture last longer.

The shade also offers extra protection from the weather for you and your guests. It also helps preserve the longevity of your outdoor kitchen.

  1. Ensure good ventilation

Your outdoor area will need plenty of space for walls. Barbeque areas must be well ventilated and you could encounter a problem with installation if your area lacks space. Regulations state that outdoor gas appliances need to have at least 50% permanently open wall area.

If you’re considering blinds, they are considered as permanently closed.

  1. Install good outdoor lighting

Outdoor entertaining area needs good lighting because it is not only used during the daytime. You should be able to cook comfortably whether it is day or night.

If you’re doing nighttime entertaining, you want the lighting to create the mood and also allow you to see what you’re cooking on the barbeque.

  1. Think of the social aspect

The perfect outdoor area will not force you to shuffle back and forth from the indoors to the outdoors, especially if you’re entertaining.

Aside from allowing you to cook in one place, your outdoor kitchen should also have storage space and other useful features. So, it is worth considering adding a sink, a fridge, and then being able to simply turn around from the barbeque grill to the dining area.

People chat while sitting around waiting for food, and you shouldn’t miss out on all the fun because you’re cooking. 

10 Ways to Create Shade in Your Backyard

Summers are best spent outdoors. But it has to be a place where you can relax and eat comfortably. This can be achieved with shade.

Adding shade in your outdoor space will keep direct sunlight away from you and your fragile plants, as well as keep them cool.

Here are 10 ways you can create shade in your garden or outdoor area:

  1. Plant a tree

Gardens and even balconies have to have trees. But you need to choose the right kind of tree that fits the space.

If you have a small balcony and can hang baskets from the roof, plant broad-leafed plants that will provide a canopy and shade without taking up space below.

You can have both shade and privacy by positioning planters with a tall sprawling shrub or bamboo. You could bring in a potted palm to transform a small city apartment or unit into a calming space.

There are several factors to consider if you’re considering planting in the ground, including how tall the tree is going to be, what impact it will have on the view of the neighbours, are there pipes that the roots will block, etc.

  1. Outdoor umbrellas

For small outdoor spaces, an umbrella is perfect because it is inexpensive, simple and temporary.

There are many options available, including collapsible cantilever umbrellas and artsy collections of suspended Japanese style paper umbrellas.

  1. Build a tent                                            

If your taste runs to the bohemian style, but you prefer something temporary, build a canvas or cotton canopy or tent above an outdoor seating area or build a teepee with some cushions on the ground. For added shade, use drapes and curtains.

  1. Install a canopy

A hot day can be bearable with a simple canopy hang between trees. You can install a more permanent canopy that can serve as a blind and let the sun in when you need it.

  1. Make a trellis

Another great idea is an overhead wooden trellis with a matchstick blind or a dark screen as cover. A climbing plant like wisteria is a good idea as it lets in the sun during cool weather but still provides greenery and shade during the summer.

  1. Hang a shade cloth

For a streamlined contemporary look, an affordable, simple option is by hanging a sail of shade cloth between two posts. This is perfect for courtyards or on a pergola.

You may need to talk to an expert since it is a structure that needs to be firmly attached so that it won’t be blown away by a strong wind or during a storm.

  1. Use DIY screens and shades

DIY screens and shades are available in different styles at your local hardware store. Options include traditional lattice, more modern laser-cut metals, decorative screens and outdoor blinds.

  1. Create a green wall

Plant a high green wall along the western border of your property to block out the harshest sun. Make sure to follow council rules on fence height. Lastly, choose the right sun-resistant plants.

  1. Construct a gazebo

A small gazebo or rotunda is worth considering if your yard has enough space. Aside from providing shade, it could also be a feature in your garden.

You have the option to purchase them flatpack and DIY, or have one custom made.

  1. Construct a verandah or pergola

A verandah or a pergola is the most effective and functional shade, but not the most economical. It can prevent your house from getting natural light and it requires painting and maintenance. You also need to secure planning permission before you can build this type of structure.

So there you have it.  10 great ways to create a little shade in your backyard.

 

The Hottest Colour Trends for 2022

Life has not been the same since Covid-19 happened. But the one thing that remains unchanged, bringing joy and comfort during these most difficult times, is the magnificence of our landscape.

Then, it is no surprise that Dulux’s Colour Forecast 2022 got its inspiration from our natural surroundings, echoing our longing for a simple life and improving wellbeing through our ties to nature and other people.

This pandemic has helped us feel more connected than ever to our home. Simultaneously, there is a renewed longing and excitement for the future without the pandemic. Aptly, then, the pandemic helped shape the 2022 forecast, which consists of three main colour palettes: Restore, Flourish and Wonder.

Restore

Focusing on simplicity and sustainability, Restore comprises calming neutrals and sharper, natural shades ranging from buttercreams to pumice and moss.

Flourish

Comprising ripe, bolder tones like dusty rose, petrol blue and desert red, Flourish stimulates our yearning to experience everything to the fullest.

Wonder

Featuring summery and playful colours, including cornflower blue, lilac and lemon. Wonder brings regeneration and growth.

The colours can be used alone or combined with the other colours, adding tonal furnishings for a pleasant domain. Colours connect us to a space, giving it a different feel from other parts of the home by bringing a different mood or vibe.

If you are still unsure about adding colour to your space, start with the bedroom, whether it’s the master’s or your child’s bedroom, because outsiders will not see your creation. Since it’s private, you may do something as simple as painting the wall behind your bed with one colour to serve as a focal point of the room.

The study corner, which has probably become your home office, is another space where you can add colour, as it will distinguish the space from when you start work and when you end during each work day.

Another is the front door, where a beautiful colour will make a personal statement, setting apart your home from your neighbours.

Tips for the Perfect Home Office

The way people work has been transformed by the pandemic. Most employees are now working from home.   If you’re one of those people and don’t have a dedicated space to work, the transition might not have gone as smoothly as you’d like.  With lockdowns expected to continue and many employers realising the advantages of a work-from-home arrangement, it may take a while before we go back to the regular workplace setup.

So, how can working from home be productive?

Here are some tips to help you create the right home office space for yourself.

  1. Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is also important in your work space.

Good lighting is an important element of workplace health and safety as it helps prevent health issues such as eye strain and migraines. A study by Harvard Business Review found that 78% of employees reported that having natural light and views boosted their well-being and 70% reported increased productivity.

Set up your home office in a space with natural lighting, preferably where the light is behind or next to the computer to keep the glare away. A room facing north will let warm light during the day, which will help create a comfortable, working space.

But natural lighting may not always be achieved. In such cases, install artificial lighting such as lamps to create a well-lit work area.

 

  1. Appropriate Furniture

Another important element of a home office is the right furniture. While style is important, function must be the priority. Office furniture should be ergonomic to avoid needless strain on your body and to provide the best comfort to help you be productive.

Make sure your chair offers enough support for your back and that it is the right height for your desk. Or you could consider a standing desk for home workspace. Standing desks offer many benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels, risk of heart disease and improving work performance.

For small spaces, use multifunctional furniture and smart storage solutions. For example, you can use wall shelves as storage while keeping your floor free to make the room look bigger. Another is a pull-out or collapsible desk, if you don’t have an area that is dedicated as a home office.

 

  1. Decorate with Plants

Bringing in nature can bring life into your work space. Add a sense of well-being and make your work environment feel comfortable and relaxed with indoor plants or fresh flowers. 

Aside from looking beautiful, research shows that placing plants in the workplace lowers stress, enhances air quality and boosts productivity.

If you’re one of those without a green thumb, there are a wide variety of hard to kill plants, including aloe, echeverias, rubber plant, English ivy, spider plant, and more.

 

  1. Colour Selection

According to research, colour has a significant influence on productivity and can trigger various emotional responses in people. And in addition to colour, you need to consider the tonal value.

Cool white (with hints of blue) can actually make you feel cold while warm white (with hints of brown or yellow) can feel welcoming and homely.

Identify what you want to feel in your work space and search for the right colours to match it.

Here are some of the popular office colour palettes you can choose from:

  • Warm white – gives off a light and airy feeling without the cold vibe. This suits a minimalist office where there are few distractions.
  • Blue – any shade of blue brings a feeling of peace and security. This colour is perfect for Hamptons style or traditional, luxe spaces.
  • Green – if indoor plants are not sufficient to bring in nature, consider painting your walls green. It offers a revitalising and refreshing feel, which helps boost productivity.
  • Orange – an intense colour that evokes creativity. Bold and stimulating, this could be your colour if you work in the creative field.

As work from home becomes the new normal, use this chance to create a working environment that makes you feel good and brings you a sense of well-being.

Use this as a guide to help you design a home office that is both stylish and allows you to work productively and happily.

5 Living Rooms Items You Will Need in Your New Home

Moving to your new house is an exciting time, but there are some basic essentials that you need to make your new dwelling look, feel and function like a home.

Here are a few essential décor and furniture items that increase the comfort of your living area.

  1. Curtains

Curtains are one of the most useful items in your living room. Many people pick curtains for aesthetic purposes, but curtains provide many functions outside of style.  They are used to control light. Curtains let in light when you draw them open and hide it when you want shade.  Curtains also provide insulation. During summers, lighter and airier fabrics are recommended. In winter, it is better to layer up your window coverings to keep the cold away.  When choosing colours, consider the colour of the backing/lining as well. This is to make sure they look good both inside and outside of your home.

  1. The Right Sofa

The best seating arrangement will be customised to your space. You need to give it some thought when choosing the right sofa for your living room.  A two-seater and one or two armchairs are ideal for a small living room. You can also consider slimline, less bulky designs to minimise clutter.  For a bigger living room, choose a large three-seater or modular sofa.  And don’t forget to make sure the furniture that you’re moving into your new home will fit through the door. Take measurements, including the total width, height and depth, before purchasing a lounge suite.

  1. Cushions

Cushions are mainly thought of as décor, but they offer a few practical functions. Hence, they are considered as a must-have item in living rooms.  Firstly, cushions provide added back support for extra comfort while lazing on your sofa. Secondly, the added padding is very useful during winter, especially if your sofa is made of leather or vinyl fabric, which is cool to the touch.  In terms of the colour of your cushions, first, determine your colour palette. Are you using a neutral shade or a pop of colour? Then, experiment with the size of the cushions and the textures of the fabric.  All of these add to the fact that those little cushions make your living space more comfortable and inviting.  For inspiration check out my Pinterest page!

  1. Hard surfaces

After you have picked your sofas and chairs, you’re not done. Your living room will definitely need a coffee table and/or side tables.  The size, materials and shapes of these living room essentials will be determined by the size of your space and your preferred aesthetic. Your lifestyle will also influence your choices.  For example, if you have children, you might want to choose a round coffee table. While a modern-style lounge may call for a glass, marble or a type of plastic.  While coffee tables are the common choice, depending on the space available, you may opt for side tables.  For your colour palette, again, if you’ve selected neutral colours, pick a complementary colour to bring harmony to the space.  Or, you may choose to create a statement piece by using a bold, contrasting shade.  Whatever combination of colours you choose, one thing is clear: you’d want a space where you can place your cup of tea or glass of wine after a long, busy day.

  1. Mood lighting

Two things control light in your living room: curtains and electronic systems. Mood lighting is essential to living spaces, a place of relaxation.  To pick the right living room lighting, layer the lights, which means you have to use three types of artificial lighting: ambient, task and accent.  Ambient light, which imitates natural daylight, can be created with lamps for a calming vibe.  Task lighting is normally more focused, like a reading lamp.  Accent light, such as downlights and spotlights, puts certain design features on the spotlight to deliver your illuminated requirements.  Create the perfect relaxation space by playing with the three types of lighting.

 

 

The Rising Popularity of Touchless Technology in the Home

Touchless tech is rising in popularity, even more so now as it fits perfectly with our pandemic lifestyle, where the norm is to interact with objects and people at a safe distance. Originally intended to provide efficiency in smart homes, touchless devices are now being used as hygienic measures to prevent cross-contamination.

Here are the current trends in touchless technology and the rapid changes in the way we interact with devices in the home:

Switches replaced by voice control and apps

With your smartphone, you get inside your home after turning off the alarm and unlocking the door. As you enter, a motion detector turns on the lights. In the bathroom, you wash your hands in the sink with sensor taps, which are no longer just in public restrooms. You make a request with your speaker to play some music as you go into your kitchen, where you tap on a screen to turn on the oven.

Apps on our smartphones have changed the way we interact with our home, as they replace buttons, switches and thermostats.

Our increasingly busy life has given us less time to spend on household tasks. Also, life has become easier for people thanks to innovations in the home appliance market.

Because of this, we are increasingly investing in autonomous appliances.

Appliances are becoming increasingly autonomous

We like to delegate work as much as we can. This is why robotic vacuum cleaners, for example, are rising in popularity. The only device that can totally take over a task are robots. The latest models get commands using a voice assistant. With this feature, the device can be used remotely and even at home. So, for example, you spilled a bottle of mineral water on the floor, just command the robot to clean up.

There are other features aside from remote activation. There is also the function that reduces the domestic workload. For example, there is a dishwasher in which the rinse aid and detergent are loaded into a big tank that automatically adjusts the amount for every wash.

Range hoods now don’t have buttons, even to turn it on and off. Even lights don’t need a switch to be turned on and off. While in some instances touchless technology is designed for practicality, others are aimed at simplifying design. The latest lamp models are built in with an infrared sensor to allow it to be turned on or dimmed with a simple hand movement.

Systems that are comforting and easy to use

Remote control systems are rising in popularity because of our desire for simplification and control. Having the ability to tell a voice assistant that you are going out so you can have the peace of mind knowing all the lights are off, the shutters are lowered, and some utilities are deactivated offers a benefit it terms of time efficiency and an assurance of safety.

Touchless technology also allows you to manage the temperature of your home in case your hands are busy preparing food, or maybe turning the lights on when you come home with bags full of shopping bags.

They also help in hygiene, which is important in settings such as holiday homes and short-term rental properties.

One thing about touchless technology is that it is intuitive. It just takes a little practice on how to come up with the correct command for a particular device.

What’s in store for touchless controls at home

Touchless technology will probably not capture the whole world. Different kinds of control are more likely to be inclusive instead of exclusive. This is the reason that many more touchless control systems will be invented, but they will always come with other options like conventional controls or apps.

The so-called Internet of Things, or the way devices communicate with each other, is poised for further growth with the addition of machine learning and AI features.

So, in the short term, not only will buttons to turn on appliances be eliminated, but the appliances themselves will know when and how to activate.

For example, when you leave your office at the end of the day, your smartphone uses geolocation to command your home heating system to start, so your home’s temperature will be just right when you enter. Comfort and the optimisation of energy use are in reality the genuine drivers of this technology.

Coming home after a hectic day is just a common instance that shows us how, without lifting a finger and even (almost) without thought, our relationship with home devices entails decreasing moments of interactions.

7 Ideas to Add a Touch of Luxury to Every Room in Your Home

There are so many things that remind us of the finer things in life, and those things include experiencing luxury at a five-star hotel and falling asleep between lavish sheets at a top-tier holiday rental.

But we don’t need to wait to have that lavish feeling for a special occasion. You can add luxurious touches that are easy and can change your life in a big way.

Here are simple ways to add a hint of five-star decadence to your home:

  1. A plush bed

One of the few things that can guarantee a good night’s sleep is a stylish and lush bed. Arrange it as a main point of your bedroom, starting with a supportive mattress and then layered it with touches of comfort such as plump down pillows, a woollen underlay between Egyptian cotton sheets and your mattress and
a weather-fitting doona.

  1. Elegant lighting

All high-star hotels or luxury homes have one thing in common: well-lit rooms with lavish chandeliers, wall sconces, art lights, floor lamps and mood lighting.

You can do a simple lighting makeover by replacing your overhead lights with modern fixtures, and consider installing a dimmer for mood lighting.

  1. Fresh flowers

A lot of people think that flowers are only for special occasions, but there is no reason not to have beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers in your home all the time. Flowers give your home colour, life, perfume and texture, and can transform a worn-out looking space into a much-loved home.

Bloom shouldn’t necessarily be expensive; garden-picked flowers serve the same purpose and more!

  1. Art pieces

People feel like they’ve had it made if they can buy art. If you want to hang art in your home, choose an artist that you love or a piece that you’ve purchased during one of your travels.

Art triggers memories and feelings, so it is a very personal investment. Begin with small art pieces and only choose what you love.

  1. Tasteful mirrors

Mirrors add elegance in a space, with their ability to reflect natural light and transform a room just by changing its depth of field. Interior designer experts say, “the bigger the mirror, the better!”

  1. Experiment with soothing scents and soft tunes

Luxury should be a complete sensory experience. When you walk into your home, your mind and senses should feel invigorated. You can create your own sanctuary by adding touches of sensory sparks in every space in your home with things such as relaxing music, a diffuser with the scent you love, as well as tactile furnishings and crisp towels.

  1. Coordinating cutlery

Store your old cutlery or give them away. A cutlery drawer full of old, mismatched cutlery broadcasts “student pad.” It’s time to separate yourself from your old cutlery and invest in new silverware that will elevate your daily home dining experience, not just to be used during your annual dinner parties.

Increase Your Home’s Liveability With These 5 Practical Features

When constructing your new home, you need to include features that boost liveability.  This can be achieved by simply answering this question: “What can I add to help improve my daily life?”

 

Life has changed with COVID-19, with people now spending so much of their time at home. This makes it all the more essential that your home functions in a way that fits your lifestyle.

 

Here are five simple features that can help boost your home’s liveability:

  1. A butler’s pantry

What was once a feature that is considered exclusive for the rich, a butler’s pantry is now a must-have in new homes. It has become popular because it keeps all the mess hidden and not visible and scattered in the area where all the daily activities are going on.

Many butler’s pantries include a preparation bench and storage area for food, glasses, crockery and tableware.

But the more generous setups should accommodate a dishwater, microwave, refrigerator and of course, the kitchen sink.  Otherwise it’s just a pantry!

  1. Built-on office or study corner

While 2020 pushed the work from home trend to the forefront, it has been going towards that path for several years, and many home builders have been taking this work transformation into account.

A home office, or even a study corner, has become a real need for people – with some people even going to the length of transforming their extra bedrooms back into studies.

Each person will have different needs, so for some they might install a big TV screen on the wall for Zoom meetings. Everything should be set up and ready to go, so choose built-in joinery for the workspace, shelves, access to power outlets, and abundance of natural light.

Avoid treating your home office space as an afterthought because you can make a well-designed space as a major selling point in the future.

  1. Cool storage

There are so many smart storage ideas and hacks on how to keep your things organised on the Internet. However, it is important to make sure your ideas are fit for the purpose. Don’t just install cupboards wherever there is a blank space. You don’t want future buyers to find out the linen cupboards are on the other side of the house to the laundry.

One of the items on many buyers’ checklist is additional storage in the garage. If you’ve got the space, use it.

  1. Energy efficiency

Homeowners consider sustainability as a top priority these days. According to the 2020 REA Group Property Seekers Report, 80% of buyers believe sustainable home features are essential.

One area where new home buyers can make a huge difference to their environmental footprint and their bills is energy efficiency.

Building a home involves a tick list and getting the balance right. Energy efficiency is lower with a dark roof. You can balance that out with additional windows or a ceiling fan or probably tinted windows.

There are many other energy efficient measures, including solar to lower energy consumption and bills, double-glazed windows, insulation, LED light bulbs and energy-saving appliances.

  1. Swimming pool

Australian homeowners dream of a backyard pool, but this is an extravagant feature that takes months to build – and expensive, too.

However, this is not true anymore because innovative precast concrete pools are already available in the market. This prefabricated pool can be built quickly – as it can just be craned into the backyard.  Plus with more of us working from home, the swimming pool has enjoyed popularity again!