Getting that look right
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.