Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

HAVE you ever walked into a cafe to grab a cof­fee and de­vel­oped decor envy?

Mod­ern eater­ies are mak­ing ex­tra ef­fort to at­tract cus­tomers with more than just their menu.

Next time you’re in your favourite cafe take in the decor . . . it might be a ta­ble set­ting, art­work, paint colour or fin­ishes.

An­drea Lu­cena-Orr of Du­lux says with greater ren­o­va­tion con­fi­dence, con­sumers are tak­ing cues from their favourite eater­ies and venues; a favourite has been us­ing lots of dark and bold colours in their homes.

“Highly colour­ful in­te­ri­ors are a way to show your per­son­al­ity,” Lu­cena-Orr says.

“Be­ing bold with colour isn’t some­thing to fear, it’s a look to em­brace.

“With blacks, dark and light blues, and eclec­tic mixes of bright pops, we are see­ing more home­own­ers move away from safe neu­trals, mak­ing their mark with colour in a way pre­vi­ously not seen.”

For home­own­ers will­ing to be bold and brave, Lu­cena-Orr has iden­ti­fied three strik­ing looks (some in­spired by restau­rant decor) which were ev­i­dent in its Du­lux Colour Awards en­tries ear­lier this year. The cafe-style look: Uses ma­te­ri­als not com­monly seen in the home, such as ply­wood and con­crete, paired with prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions such as chalk­board paint. Block colour for im­pact: There is a move­ment to­wards a range of blues used to cre­ate stun­ning and calm­ing in­te­ri­ors. Colour in un­ex­pected places: We are see­ing great re­sults when peo­ple think of in­no­va­tive ways to in­tro­duce colours into a space through ap­peal­ing shapes and pat­terns. To achieve this look in your home, find ar­eas you could in­tro­duce pops of colour, such as nooks and the ceil­ing, then think about how colour could en­hance the feel­ing and sense of func­tion in this space.

To view win­ners/fi­nal­ists from this year’s Du­lux awards, visit du­

The cafe-style look uses ma­te­ri­als not com­monly seen in the home such as ply­wood and con­crete paired with dark paint.

Left: There is a move­ment away from tra­di­tional whites to­wards a range of blues. Right: There is a rise in home­own­ers us­ing dif­fer­ent colours in un­ex­pected places such as cor­ners.

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