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Interior Design Trends: What’s hot for 2018

If your house is in need of a refresh this year, make sure you keep reading to find out the interior trends to follow in 2018!

 

Colours 

The obsession with millennial pink continues this year along with the introduction of gentle, pastel colours mixed in with earthy colours such as mint greens combined with jades and sages. [caption id="attachment_24792" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pretty in Pink - The Avalon in Baldivis.[/caption]

Textures 

Expect to see the use of linen on furniture and bedding as well as luxurious and rich velvet tones on furniture as well. Velvet tones will pair perfectly with pastel colours! [caption id="attachment_24800" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Outlook Display Home - styled with a rich emerald velvet couch.[/caption]

Metals

The use of Brass will replace copper, which will bring fixtures to life with its warm colour and finish. [caption id="attachment_24802" align="alignnone" width="450"] Brass used in the light fixtures in the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Prints 

Oversize, dramatic wallpapers are making a comeback. Florals and geometric designs are hot picks, however may not necessarily be the right style for your home design so choose carefully with these statement pieces. [caption id="attachment_24806" align="alignnone" width="600"] An oversized wallpaper used to decorate the master bedroom in the Intrigue Display Home.[/caption]

Materials 

Dark wood is making its way onto the floors, walls, and furniture for 2018. Rosewood and Walnut are predicted to be the favourites. [caption id="attachment_24808" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Waterside Display Home features dark wood on the floors and kitchen cabinets.[/caption]

Decorating 

Large statement pieces of art and lots of greenery and pot plants are must haves when decorating your home this year. A simple and quick way to transform a blank wall or add some life to your home. [caption id="attachment_24810" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hanging pot plants as seen in the Outlook Display Home.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24811" align="alignnone" width="600"] A statement piece of artwork used to decorate the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Homewares

The number one homeware piece to own this year is a drink cart. Perfect for entertaining as well as showing off interesting cocktail and other glassware. There you have it, our picks for 2018. If you’d like to find your design inspo, Display Homes are a great place to start. Wander through, be inspired by the latest design trends, practical floorplans and innovative interiors. To browse more of our beautiful homes designs, view the full list of homes and locations here, or if you have any questions on any of our homes, get in touch with us today.
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DECLUTTERING 101
A popular new year’s resolution is to declutter and organise the home. We all know what an overwhelming task that can be so to ensure you welcome the year with a calm and welcoming home, make sure you follow your tips on how to banish the clutter in 2018! Start with a strategy: You are likely to feel overwhelmed very quickly if you just start cleaning aimlessly. Make a plan on how you plan to tackle each room and give yourself a time frame so the process doesn’t drag on forever. *HINT - Start with the large visible cleaning first, the stuff that's be lying there bugging you for ages! :) For the entryway or hallway [caption id="attachment_24710" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Pandora - 33 Painted Parkway, Alkimos Beach.[/caption]
  • Try to keep this area as minimal as possible.
  • All you really need is a console table or storage, a mirror and a few decorative items if you wish. *HINT, mirrors can help spaces feel larger!
  • Depending on the size of the area and or how minimal you want to keep it, other functional items to add include some seating, hooks or a shoe rack.
  • Make sure you clean the area regularly and keep the items to one side of the area only!
For the Kitchen           [caption id="attachment_24722" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Panorama - 21 Helios Street, Eglinton.[/caption]
  • Clear the benchtop of anything that doesn’t belong there and make sure only items used daily are placed there.
  • Get rid of any utensils you have excess of, expired food items and appliances you have no use for.
  • Purchase drawer divides, canisters and clear containers and label everything!
  • As a general rule, make sure everything has a home, items are categorised and the countertop is basically clear.
For the Bedroom [caption id="attachment_24727" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Avalon - 38 Key Avenue, Baldivis.[/caption]
  • Begin with clearing all surfaces, put away items piling up on your bedside table, clothes that can be hung up or in the wash and a crowded chest of drawers.
  • Approach your closet with the rule of: ‘If it hasn’t been worn in the past year or two, give it away’. Then you can organise the clothes you’re keeping into the appropriate category.
  • If you have any furniture items that are being used as a dumping ground rather than its purpose, it might be time to get rid of it if you don’t intend to clean it regularly.
For the Bathroom [caption id="attachment_24714" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Latitude - 14 Turquoise Chase St, Dayton. [/caption]
  • The vanity should only contain items you use daily and try to keep the items in one place or in a canister or bowl.
  • Throw away expired products and items that have been used in the last few months.
  • Organise your items into storage containers or baskets.
  • Use a shower caddy to try and get all your items in one place.
For the Living Room [caption id="attachment_24725" align="alignnone" width="300"] The Pandora - 33 Painted Parkway, Alkimos Beach.[/caption]
  • Make sure your living room isn’t over crowded by furniture. A right size couch, TV console, side tables and a lamp should cover it.
  • Create permanent storage solutions or spaces for regularly used items such as remote controls or books.
  • Tidy and de-clutter this space regularly. Make sure items are put away, surfaces are clear, and that cushions and blankets and are in the right spot.
These are some tips to get you started on all the general rooms, just remember when tackling the rest of your house:  Keep surfaces to the bare minimum! - Less is more!
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HELLO 2018! NEW YEAR, NEW YOU (AGAIN)
Well, it’s the start of another year, and a perfect time to de-clutter and organise yourself and your home to make it a clean and fresh start to 2018! It’s always good to be accountable for your goals, we recommend writing them down and ticking them off as you complete them! Otherwise they might just slip back under the radar for yet another year. Here is a list of some easy tips to help get you started on track for a successful and organised start to a fresh year! They will help save you money, and improve your lifestyle. GET ORGANISED  It’s always good to start the New Year fresh and get rid of all that clutter! Start by tackling a different room each day and a make plan on how you’re going to approach each room. Storage containers and labels will help you go a long way. You’ll be amazed how good you feel when your home is in order. EVERY CENT COUNTS! Steps to take can be unplugging appliances when not in use, (like the toaster or kettle) use energy efficient light bulbs, and turning off heaters and coolers when you don’t need them. This is a great way to save money whilst at the same time reducing your carbon footprint. ENTERTAIN MORE  Entertaining more at home allows for more quality time spent with family and friends, saves you a bit of money by staying home instead of going out for catch ups and gives you that extra dose of motivation to keep your home clean knowing you’re having people over! Endless benefits! CREATE A WEEKLY HOUSECLEANING SCHEDULE  If you started this year by decluttering and getting your home organised, make a plan to ensure it stays that way! Divide your workload into manageable portions and when making the plan, focus on what type of cleaning you want to complete. We found a great article to help you speed-clean your home here! HEALTHY KITCHEN  I’m sure after the Christmas blowouts many of us have made the vow to actually start eating healthy. Healthy eating starts in the kitchen, so a good tip would be to start organising your pantry and fridge by clearing out all the junk food and purchase some cookbooks to make the process easier.Meal planning and preparation is a must! Do a weekly shop so then you are set for the full week. (This helps with those impulse-chocolate purchasers at the register!) You can plan your meals in advance or do large cook-ups on the weekends and freeze other portions for during the week. Meal preparation does not have to be a slow and drawn out task, you just need a bit of thought and a plan! ELECTRONIC FREE ZONES  It’s important to get a good night’s rest. These days our lives are becoming absorbed by electronic devices!   Try to leave your phone, iPad, and laptop outside the bedroom and if the phone is your alarm,  try to refrain from checking it throughout the night or catching up on emails before you go to sleep!
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LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS

Christmas is just around the corner!

If you’ve had no time for decorating this year, or need some last minute party prep, we’ve got you sorted!  We’ve compiled a list of our top 6  favourite ways to deck your home in style:
  1. LIGHTS
Lights don’t only belong on a tree or the front of the house. Try placing some string lights in different size lanterns or glass domes around the house or even woven through green garland would look beautiful! For more Christmas lights inspo read the full article here.
  1. ORNAMENTS
There are so many places to hang ornaments beyond a tree! Make the most out of all your decorations by hanging your decorations off some ribbon that matches your space from a bannister, a window or a doorway. We saw this one on Better Homes and Gardens.
  1. MASON JARS:
We know the decorating ideas for Mason Jars are endless, but our personal favourite are these Mason jar snow globes. Simply add a small tree (or snowman, or Santa or any small ornament) to the bottom with some glue and add in fake snow! So simple but so cute! Mason jars also make great candle holders and they are perfect for serving your favourite Christmas drinks!
  1. CHRISTMAS CARD DISPLAY
Display your Christmas greetings by hanging some wire or fairy lights on a free area in your home and attach the cards with small decorative pegs. – Not only do get a tidy place for all your Christmas cards, you also create an easy Christmas wall decor! It’s a win-win.
  1. LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE
It instantly feels like Christmas once the tree goes up. A small tree is perfect for those who don’t have the time or space for a big tree or if you want your home looking even more Christmassy! Small artificial trees are easy to find and decorate and can be placed almost anywhere in your home! You can even get really creative by hunting for twigs and sticks around your neighbourhood, rustic is so on trend this year!   
  1. CHRISTMAS BON BONS
Everyone loves a good Christmas bon bon – and this one’s a cracker! (see what we did there?) All you need for this one is left over Christmas wrapping paper, toilet rolls, ribbon and of course a prize! You can personalise these as much as you like with name tags, lollies, choccies, or toys – whatever you like. (You could even print off some Dad jokes to include, they are always fun to read around the table.)
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THE OUTLOOK, A PERFECT ESCAPE FROM THE MUNDANE

OOH LA LA OUTLOOK!

A space that is welcoming of fun, and a perfect escape from the mundane, introducing Express Two Storey’s new display home in Lakelands Private Estate, The Outlook! This home is a four bedroom, two bathroom two storey home design complete with a theater and private retreat -  perfect for the well-travelled family or for the wanderlust family who dreams of adventure.

Our favourite five:

  1. The wanderlust gallery wall of the Living Room. It creates the story of unique experiences & collected treasures.
  2. The floral wall-papered power room. It’s glam, vintage & cosy all at once.
  3. The industrial black pendant lights of the Kitchen. They are gregarious & unapologetic.
  4. The deep green velvet couch of the Home Theatre. It is luxury comfort.
  5. The four poster bed in the Master Bedroom. It denotes romance, mystery & escape from the outside world.

Inspiration:

Feel & Design: Boho Luxe. Though finding a consistent feel in so many seemingly unrelated elements is more of a challenge than it would appear! Also, boho is usually synonymous with a much older, already-lived-in space. To create the feel of a backstory of something that’s completely new was the fun of it. Materials & colour palette: It’s gallery-white. This allowed free license for colours and textures, splashed onto fabrics, furniture and ornaments. Boho is counter-intuitive, in that it must feel more collected than planned. It can’t be uniform. It’s the feeling of having travelled and found many interesting things along the way – you will find these collected treasures in pieces like the silk Indian ottoman of of the master bedroom, the mandala bedspread of the girl’s room, the weathered, natural wood of the dining table. Elements & Space: The living room is a must see, and perhaps the space that works best in this home. The carved sideboard from Behind the Door Collective is as earthy and cosy as it is a detailed masterpiece unto itself. The coffee table that was once a door is quirky and inviting of fun & new ideas. The room is so naturally well-lit that every piece within it sits unobtrusively. The opulent black & white rug is delicately designed so that the room as a whole is calming and delightful despite its many decorative participants. Come and say hello to Dave this weekend, he would be delightful to walk you through an interesting home filled with collected treasures! Location: 12 Gooljak Rise, Lakelands Opening Times: Monday – Wednesday 2-5pm / Saturday – Sunday 1-5pm Want to learn more? To learn more about The Outlook, get in touch with Dave on 0402 419 131 or click here!
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3 Reasons to Build a Two Storey Home
If you’re deciding whether to build a single or two storey house, choosing the best home design that works for you and your family can be a daunting task. In some cases, the choice is clear. Physical limitations of the block size or personal preferences can make the decision obvious. For others, the choice is not so easy. With so many house design options for both single and double story homes, here’s 3 reasons to build a two storey home to help make the decision process a little easier:
  1. Bigger house on a small block
With Perth’s block sizes shrinking, you want to make sure you get the most out of your space. Building up means you have less of a footprint, which also means you can save money on buying a larger block. You also get more choices when it comes to location. So you can build in the suburb you’ve always wanted to, without going too far north or south of your desired location.
  1. Two storey homes enable multiple living options
When you build a two storey house, you can spread your living spaces and bedrooms across two levels, giving you more flexibility to create multiple living options for your family. Whether you’ve got kids on the way or your family is already growing at a quick pace, ensuring you’ve got plenty of bedrooms – and perhaps a guest room, study and activity room – is even easier when you go up.
  1. You get a bigger backyard
The backyard is important when it comes to living the quintessential ‘Aussie’ dream. A backyard game of cricket, a swimming pool, alfresco entertainment, a spa plus pet comfort all come to mind when considering a dream backyard. A two storey home allows you to have a bigger yard and more space for that beautiful alfresco area you have always wanted. Outdoor pets will benefit too. With the size of lots decreasing, a larger backyard can be hard to come by. [caption id="attachment_17134" align="alignnone" width="900"]The Entertainer Display Home by Express Two Storey Living The Entertainer Display Home by Express Two Storey Living[/caption]  

If you are still indecisive about your new home design, check out our blogs: How To Choose Your Perfect Two Storey Home Design and  Double Storey Home Builders Perth – What to Look Out For.

Express Two Storey Living delivers affordable two storey homes which are faster to complete and save you thousands in wasted rent. Explore our home design range or visit one of our display homes around Perth.
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3 Features Making Your Two Storey Home More Functional
A great home should not only look good, but be functional and comfortable so you can carry on with your daily chores in a simplistic and seamless manner. Here are three great features that can help you make your two storey home more functional: Under stairs storage Maximising the space available under the stairs is a feature that makes your home feel special and well thought-out. This area is often neglected, but you can utilise it efficiently, even if the space is minimal. If you don’t want to go overboard with custom woodwork, you can easily create a little hidden closet or use the space as a home office nook. Remodel by the Beach   Laundry chute Adding a laundry chute from your second floor to your laundry room is a feature worthy of considering. Laundry chutes are low tech but require careful planning to ensure they are situated correctly. Bathrooms or halls near bedrooms are both great spots, making it easy for everyone in the family to send dirty clothes straight to the laundry room.
Addition & Interior Remodel
  Ducted vacuum system Installing a built-in central vacuum system means no more heavy unit to pull, push or drag along up and downstairs. When you are building a new house, the last thing that may come to mind is how you will be cleaning your house, yet considering you will have to clean the house – this feature will make your chores much easier and quicker. [caption id="attachment_17125" align="alignnone" width="620"]Image Source: Home Improvement Pages Image Source: Home Improvement Pages[/caption]   Express Two Storey Living delivers affordable double storey homes which are faster to complete and save you thousands in wasted rent. For more tips on double storey home designs, see our How to Choose Your Perfect Two Storey Home Design and Which Express Two Storey Design Best Suits You?
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Will increases to the FHOG change the housing market in WA?
We previously spoke about 2017 being an extremely positive year in the WA housing industry. With increased confidence for investors, first and second home buyers, making this year the year to build. A key change in the property market for 2017 is the increased $10,000 First Home Owners Grant, which has been pushed to $15,000 from January 1, 2017. Today, we discuss the FHOG increase, how it will alter the property market for the better and why NOW is the time to build. build now in WA
What the increased First Home Owners Grant will effect and what this means for the WA property market: 
  • Increases to the First Home Owners Grant & Access to Keystart 
As previously mentioned, the increase to the First Home Owners Grant essentially means more people will be able to afford a new home. Not only has this government grant been passed, but the Access to Keystart lending criteria has also been altered. The metro income limit for Keystart loans has been increased by $20,000 and also came into effect from the beginning of the year. Income eligibility for the Keystart loan scheme has increased from $70,000 to $90,000 for singles, $95,000 to $115,000 combined income for couples and $115,000 to $135,000 for families. This staggering increase means more and more individuals and families have a greater chance of moving into a home of their own. At Express, we are dedicated to providing a solution to the challenge of building a spacious home, that is affordable and aspirational. You can have a bigger backyard, multiple living spaces and even great views from your balcony! See our affordable House & Land packages throughout Perth.
  • Increased enquiry for House & Land 
As the property cycle has currently hit the 'recovery' phase, now is the time to purchase House & Land packages. These packages are at a staggering, all time low and have never bee more affordable. See the recovery phase below for further information:  Recovery phase infographic
  • Investor capitalisation on low interest rates
Now is the ideal time for investors to capitalise on extremely low interest rates. Favourable terms and pricing on land purchase as they press the button on developments for projects that buyers will be eligible for the FHOG anticipating future growth.
  • Land availability will decrease 
Availability of land will reduce as a result of activity & if enquiry is still strong favourable pricing and favourable conditions for purchasing land will reduce. 5. New land release prices will increase  6. The recovery is the best time to begin involvement  Figures will confirm increased activity and signs of recovery from 6 months before increasing confidence. 7. Established homes within a lower price bracket will begin to sell Existing homes in the cheaper price range sell as people look to upgrade. 8. Marketing recovery will commence a trend of increased pricing As second and third home owners enter the market. 9. Land & building prices increase as media reports the market is now hot again  10. Market begins to slow and the cycle eventually turns full circle    For further information on why NOW is the time to build, visit www.buildnowinwa.com.au. At Express Two Storey Living, we provide the solution to the challenge of building a spacious new home that is both attainable and aspirational. Contact us today or call (08) 9241 1700 for a chat about your new home build and how we can help you get into the home you've always dreamed of.
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10 Reasons why this is a good time to buy
This year most people were glad to see the back of 2016. So far, 2017 seems to be a highly positive year in the home building industry, particularly with renewed incentive in the First Home Owners Grant, spiking an overall boost in confidence in the market place. With a solid increase in trade and land availability, fantastic purchasing terms and renewed confidence in the WA resource industry, there are positive reasons why now is a good time to build if your thinking of entering the property market. See our 10 reasons why 2017 is a good time to buy a new home. 1. The last quarter of 2016 showed some positive signs. With positive reinforcement for the WA housing industry at the back end of 2016, the HIFG (Housing Industry Forecast Group) expects a pick-up in 2017-18, with a further strengthening in 2018-19 and 2019-20. With interest rates declining and numerous grants increasing, this onset of positivity sparked an uprising of the housing market throughout Australia, and particularly WA, with affordability for first and second home buyers increasing with confidence. [caption id="attachment_22019" align="alignnone" width="655"]WA building activity ABS WA building activity saw a positive close to 2016, with 2017 set to be bigger and better.[/caption] 2. The increase in the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) to $15,000 means more activity in the first home buyers market as it’s a stimulus measure. The Government, Opposition and building industry welcomed the announcement of the $5,000 boost to the First Home Owners Grant for 2017. The positive nature of this change encourages activity in the housing market, providing an extra boost to First Home Buyers wishing to get a home of their own. 3. Increases to  Keystart lending criteria for couples means more people have access to finance. In addition to the First Home Owners Grant increase, the Keystart lending criteria has also changed. The metro income limit for Keystart loans has been increased by $20,000 and also came into effect from the beginning of the year. Income eligibility for the Keystart loan scheme has increased from $70,000 to $90,000 for singles, $95,000 to $115,000 combined income for couples and $115,000 to $135,000 for families. For more information on Keystart lending criteria, visit: www.keystart.com.au 4. Previous increase to the FHOG also signalled the start of a recovery in the market. The First Home Owners Grant was first introduced into the Australian housing market on July 1st, 2000, in which first home buyers who satisfied the eligibility criteria could receive a $7,000 once off payment towards their new home. The grant has only increased from here, to $10,000 in September 2013 to December 2016, and now to $15,000 for 2017. Source: finance.wa.gov.au 5. The HIA economic report predicts 2018 is the year that the residential housing market is destined for recovery. The recent Housing Forecast Report produced by the Housing Industry of Australia and based on extensive industry data, has predicted that the residential housing market is destined for recovery in 2018, with positivity set to increase thereafter. The full report can be seen at the HIA website. 6. Current land availability and fantastic terms for purchasing. Due to the expansion of the Perth housing market, more land has become available throughout the Perth metropolitan area and South West region. This increase ensures that buyers have more options when it comes to their ideal location and can be that extra step closer to their home building dream. 7. Access to modern building techniques means two storey home and land packages are more affordable than ever.  Increased access to an array of modern building techniques ensures both one and two storey house and land packages are more affordable than ever. The innovative technology utilised by Express Two Storey Living ensures you get the best value from your house, using sustainable materials while ensuring your home is both modern and functional. Learn more about the innovative building technologies used by Express Two Storey. hamilton display home express Two storey homes are now even more affordable for first home buyers in Perth. Pictured: The Hamilton display home. 8. Interest rates continue to be at a low level. Another great reason to purchase your own home this year is the incredibly low interest rates. With the steady decline of interest rates over the last year, consumer confidence has continued to grow, with the Reserve Bank cutting the official interest rate to a fresh low of only 1.5%. Many financial experts have agreed that the rates may have further to fall. JP Morgan's Sally Auld has predicted "that rates will remain on hold at 1.5 per cent this year before being cut twice more in the first half of 2017". 9. Construction times & quality are better due to availability of trades The once scarce availability of trades appears to be a fact of the past, encouraging a higher quantity of homes to be built this year. The increase of trades due to the mining industries downturn means homes will be built quicker and material delays will dramatically decrease. 10. Positive outlook for investors and home owners looking to upgrade their lifestyle. Savvy investors and those looking to trade up to a new home will come into the housing market looking to take advantage of low prices, additionally spiking activity in the exciting and bustling housing industry in WA in 2017. If you'd like to know more about getting into a home of your own, please get in touch with us, or view our range of home designs and display homes online.
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A new season in Perth’s construction industry
For too many years, Perth locals have been missing out. They have been forced to settle for "what's available" over "what's best", and now that their eyes are opened to better options there's no turning back! A tradition perfected over hundreds of years, the craft of baking a crusty loaf of bread is not a new concept. However, it seems that it is in Perth. How many of us can relate to being subjected to soft, chewy crusted loaves of bread that seem to be constantly leaning towards the stale side? Driving to the beach one sunny morning, there appeared to be a total traffic jam on a typically quiet street. Edging slowly to the front of the standstill, it was surprising to find that people were queuing, not only in their cars, but also along the pavement down the street. It turns out they were queuing to buy fresh bread! Evidently, once locals have been exposed to an exceptional crusty loaf, they will no longer settle for a soggy second best. [caption id="attachment_21733" align="alignnone" width="920"]Perth locals have had their eyes opened to the beauty of fresh, crusty bread. Perth locals have had their eyes opened to the beauty of fresh, crusty bread.[/caption] This bread situation shares many correlations with home building in WA. Like being made to eat lacklustre bread even though superior baking styles are available, Perth residents have also been forced to accept the monopoly of builders using the same, outdated construction methods. Over the years, innovative companies around the world have developed new and exciting products designed to increase building efficiencies while improving quality of living. Many of these techniques have been internationally established for decades, as a tried and tested superior method, and still they have remained unavailable in Western Australia. Just as they can't retract that unforgettable first bite of crusty bread, locals are now refusing to settle for second best in the construction industry, leading the charge in the demand for superior building expect the best from your buildersmethods in Perth. Widespread internet access ensures that once impenetrable borders are now open and all have the opportunity to see what's happening in the rest of the world. The discovery of international construction innovations that are more efficient, environmentally sustainable and resistant of the elements, have caused Perth residents to demand more from their builders. Construction techniques are not the only aspect evolving in Perth's building industry. Changing tastes are also evident in home design and styling. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, "typical" family sizes will continue to shrink, leading to a movement away from traditional 4x2 designs, with more people than ever requesting 3 or even 2 bed designs with larger backyards and more living spaces to suit their social lifestyle. Express' Hilbert display home, The Intrigue, is a perfect example of how Express Two Storey Living is responding to our customer's demand for product diversity. Utilising innovative building techniques such as TECBEAM®  and StoRender to increase the home's structural resilience and sustainability, The Intrigue is so stylish and versatile, it would feel right at home on a narrow lot in trendy location. Featuring well placed windows that maximise natural light and inspire impromptu entertaining, the home has an air of effortless charm. Express' talented interior designer, Rachel Maree, has styled the home to include a number of clever twists, like exchanging the third bedroom for a second study, utilising available space for extra living areas and bold, textured wallpapers showcasing sophisticated design, which works together with the structural layout to establish this home as a contemporary dwelling for the modern Perth family. [caption id="attachment_21728" align="alignnone" width="1000"]sneak peak of the stylish Intrigue display home in hilbert A sneak peak of the stylish Intrigue display home in Hilbert.[/caption] Another element of superior innovation involves Express' ability to offer online customisation tools, so that our clients can create their perfect home the way they want. You can try out the home creator for yourself here. To find out more about TECBEAM® and StoRender, see the articles below: Express Two Storey brings StoRender to Perth Benefits of the Upper Flooring system used by Express Two Storey Living Express Two Storey Living brings TecBeam technology to WA homes  
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Interior Design Trends: What’s hot for 2018

If your house is in need of a refresh this year, make sure you keep reading to find out the interior trends to follow in 2018!

 

Colours 

The obsession with millennial pink continues this year along with the introduction of gentle, pastel colours mixed in with earthy colours such as mint greens combined with jades and sages. [caption id="attachment_24792" align="alignnone" width="600"] Pretty in Pink - The Avalon in Baldivis.[/caption]

Textures 

Expect to see the use of linen on furniture and bedding as well as luxurious and rich velvet tones on furniture as well. Velvet tones will pair perfectly with pastel colours! [caption id="attachment_24800" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Outlook Display Home - styled with a rich emerald velvet couch.[/caption]

Metals

The use of Brass will replace copper, which will bring fixtures to life with its warm colour and finish. [caption id="attachment_24802" align="alignnone" width="450"] Brass used in the light fixtures in the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Prints 

Oversize, dramatic wallpapers are making a comeback. Florals and geometric designs are hot picks, however may not necessarily be the right style for your home design so choose carefully with these statement pieces. [caption id="attachment_24806" align="alignnone" width="600"] An oversized wallpaper used to decorate the master bedroom in the Intrigue Display Home.[/caption]

Materials 

Dark wood is making its way onto the floors, walls, and furniture for 2018. Rosewood and Walnut are predicted to be the favourites. [caption id="attachment_24808" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Waterside Display Home features dark wood on the floors and kitchen cabinets.[/caption]

Decorating 

Large statement pieces of art and lots of greenery and pot plants are must haves when decorating your home this year. A simple and quick way to transform a blank wall or add some life to your home. [caption id="attachment_24810" align="alignnone" width="600"] Hanging pot plants as seen in the Outlook Display Home.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24811" align="alignnone" width="600"] A statement piece of artwork used to decorate the Waterside Display Home.[/caption]

Homewares

The number one homeware piece to own this year is a drink cart. Perfect for entertaining as well as showing off interesting cocktail and other glassware. There you have it, our picks for 2018. If you’d like to find your design inspo, Display Homes are a great place to start. Wander through, be inspired by the latest design trends, practical floorplans and innovative interiors. To browse more of our beautiful homes designs, view the full list of homes and locations here, or if you have any questions on any of our homes, get in touch with us today.
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