Style and substance
CHOOSING a style is key to a speedier home transformation, according to a renovation expert.
“Experience shows that picking a style actually speeds up the selection process because it keeps you focused,” Dale Alcock Home Improvement general manager Mathew St Guillaume said.
“Having a style in mind from the start makes you more confident in your decisions because you know you’re making them with the bigger picture in mind. There’s less chance you’ll get lost in the detail or side-tracked if you’re making targeted choices in line with your chosen style.
“Not only can everything happen that bit quicker, but you’ll get a better overall result because you’ll have held the vision from start to finish.”
Dale Alcock Home Improvement has compiled a free guide to help homeowners navigate today’s trending styles.
It contains insider tips on street appeal, defines favourite looks and examines the popular options for renovating a character home.
“Knowing what style your home currently has – or hasn’t – will help you make decisions when it comes to choosing features to replicate in the new rooms, or putting together a brand new look,” Mr Guillaume said.
“If you’re renovating a period home, you’ll want to decide early on whether you’re going to maintain the period features throughout or whether you’d prefer a bold contemporary contrast between the two.
“If you’re adding a second storey to your home, you might want the new upper storey to blend seamlessly or you might decide it’s the perfect opportunity to give your home eye-catching street appeal with a fresh new style.”
Mr Guillaume said display homes were a great starting point for renovators because they often reflected the latest trends and design direction.
“You can pick up great tips about colour, texture and accessorising by visiting your favourite display homes,” he said.
Other sources of inspiration could include travel, boutique hotels and guest houses, restaurants, famous buildings, online bloggers and influencers, publications and television shows.
“Even a favourite piece of furniture could be the starting point for your style journey,” Mr Guillaume said.
Download the guide at www.dalealcock.com.au/ renovations/guides-resources or visit the consultants at DAHI’S showroom in Osborne Park.