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Refresh a room in a flash

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A wholeheart­ed renovation is one thing, but a quick and easy room makeover can be almost as satisfying, as well as budget-friendly. The easiest way is via a new palette. Right now we’re seeing gorgeous dusky pinks, soft lilacs and sage greens everywhere.

Put these warm and soothing shades to work with cosy throw cushions, a textured, snuggly throw and even a plush rug.

Fresh blooms or indoor plants have a place in every room of the house and are an easy addition that can change with the season. The ultimate finishing touch? Soft lighting. Try a design in black rattan, used in this floor lamp from Kmart, $49, for the ideal seasonal update. IT’S THE FINAL HOME RENO GRANT COUNTDOWN There are only 40 days left to apply for the $15,000 HomeBuilde­r grant.

To recap, the federal government scheme offers the money to Australian­s building a new home or undergoing substantia­l renovation­s.

And despite being extended to March 31, the nation’s largest volume home builder, Metricon, has warned time is running out.

The firm’s Drew Glascott says buyers need to check their builder could commit to starting within six months (a grant requiremen­t), and to get an estimate of how long they would need to prepare a contract.

“Time is closing in, even for homes with a short timeline to contract,” says Drew.

“Ideally you need to allow at least four weeks.”

Unfortunat­ely, It may be too late already for more complicate­d builds.

Another of the nation’s biggest building groups, Porter Davis, warns while you have six months for constructi­on to commence after buying land, it might take eight to 12 weeks for constructi­on to start and this can only happen once your land is titled.

Luke Ascott, general manager for Porter Davis’ Victorian first-home buyer branch PDX, says a HomeBuilde­r filter on the company website (in Victoria) lists packages that would be titled in time.

Words: Nathan Mawby

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