Get­ting that look right

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QAIf you thought pick­ing the right fa­cade on your new build was tricky, wait un­til you have to fur­nish your new digs.

Renowned in­te­rior de­signer and judge, Dar­ren Palmer has helped hun­dreds of home­own­ers find their de­sign groove, and is de­ter­mined to see many more live com­fort­ably in a stylish en­vi­ron­ment.

He has teamed up with builder GJ Gard­ner Homes to re­lease six in­te­ri­ors and fa­cades to make the de­sign process sim­pler. Re­search by GJ Gard­ner Homes found that one in three new home builders felt over­whelmed by the num­ber of de­sign de­ci­sions to be made, but Dar­ren has sim­pli­fied this process, nar­row­ing down six top trends — Beach, Ho­tel Luxe, Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian, Hamp­tons, Ja­pandi and Ur­ban Mod­ern. — se­lect­ing each el­e­ment and fit­ting, from kitchen, to floor­ing to bath­room hard­ware and paint colour.

“My ethos is to make good de­sign ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­body,” says Dar­ren. “I’ve used my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of de­sign prin­ci­ples the same way I would de­sign­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar home.”

The idea is to make choos­ing your style easy, al­low­ing ev­ery­one to trust the de­sign process. “I think peo­ple are gen­er­ally afraid to make a mis­take dur­ing the de­sign process, and they’ll be stuck with that mis­take for a long time,” Dar­ren says.

“With this, I’ve done the de­sign think­ing for them. It’s ap­pro­pri­ate and con­sid­ered. It can be quite over­whelm­ing.”

This way, Dar­ren says, you can walk into a display home or show­room, tick a box, and know that ev­ery­thing will work and match in your home be­cause it’s al­ready tried and tested.

Dar­ren’s in­te­rior styles are on display in var­i­ous GJ Gard­ner Homes of­fices and display suites.

Ho­tel Luxe is a nod to lux­u­ri­ous suites with rich car­pets and warm colours, while Ja­pandi ref­er­ences both Scan­di­na­vian and Ja­panese de­sign aes­thet­ics with asym­me­try and sim­plic­ity.

He says the Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian style is his per­sonal favourite, and ref­er­ences the Aus­tralian land­scape colour pal­ette fea­tur­ing spot­ted gum tim­ber floors, wal­nut and eu­ca­lypt in­spired kitchen and bath­room sur­faces with grey and white stone-ef­fect tiles. The de­sign also in­cor­po­rates sleek con­crete sur­faces, black win­dow frames and grey doors.

“It’s good to iden­tify with a par­tic­u­lar style, but think about where you live,” he says.

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