Under stair storage designs!

If you need more storage and you have would like to utilise the space underneath your stairs then check out our favourite under stairs storage designs. Once you've picked your favourite give us a call and we'll give you a quote.

Bathroom trends we love!

Wallpaper

Want to make a bold statement in your bathroom? There’s no better way to create a beautiful focal point than with some printed wallpaper. Bathrooms no longer have to be fully tiled to withstand damp and humid conditions. New vinyl and super-strength wallpaper styles are durable and splash proof, so you can create any look you choose in your bathroom, turning it into a dressing room, spa sanctuary or boudoir-style getaway.

TIle patterns

Make sure to opt for innovative, exciting tiling patterns too to add wow factor to your bathroom.There are so many exciting tile patterns to choose from — and so many ways to use them to a room’s best advantage. No matter how you want to alter the appearance or scale of a room, there’s a tile pattern designed to work for you. Our tile pattern guide will give you examples of ways to tranform your home with tile.

Kit-kats

This year in the world of tiles it’s all about the ‘kit-kats’. Gone are the days of metro and traditional bricks – kit-kats are the slightly thinner and longer version. For a modern fresh look try using hand made tiles in neutral tones like soft pink and traditional terracotta. 

fish scales

Fish scale tiles (also know as fan tiles or scallop tiles) have been around for centuries. This classic and elegant shape has been reinterpreted and refined with each new resurgence of this trend. The great thing about a pattern or a shape, is that depending on the colour used, it can either be bold and exciting or subtle and elegant. 

Now that we've shown you our favourite tile trends, decide on your favourite and let us create the most amazing bathroom for you.

What's in or out in 2018!

So we have been looking at the trends for 2018 and here are our ideas for what's hot and what's not in 2018.

IN: Statement Art             OUT: Gallery wall

Is it time for busy (slightly chaotic) gallery walls to be replaced by bigger statement pieces? 

IN: Brass                         OUT: Copper

With copper everywhere nowadays we think the more subtle sophisticated tones of brass will be a massive trend in 2018.

IN: Lavender                      OUT: Millennial Pink

We love millennial pink and we think it will still stick around for a while to come but it looks like shades of lavender are now one of the front runners for 2018!

IN: Terrazzo                        OUT: Carrara marble

We love marble as its classy and long lasting but it looks like Carrara marble is a big hit in the interior design world... lets see what happens!

IN: Herringbone floors       OUT: White painted floors

We love painted floors as it's cheap and transforms the look of any room but it looks like herringbone floors are coming back as the more stylish and longer lasting choice.

IN: Green                             OUT: Indigo

You can't go wrong with indigo as its a classic colour but for an edgier more modern look make sure you go green as this looks like a major colour trend for 2018.

Christmas decorating ideas for small spaces.

Christmas is coming and we are getting pretty excited. So check out our favourite ways to add that festive spirit into your home even if you don't have much space.

If you're short on space then swapping your decor is a simple way to add that festive feel.

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Use wall art like this painted Christmas tree to display your decorations, presents and Christmas lights.

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Improvise your mantel piece to create a real focal point in your room... think candles, greenery, fairy lights... the bigger the better! 

 

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Substitute a Branch for a tree for that simple Scandinavian style - hang decorations from it to create a magnificent centre piece at your dining table.

 

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Why not make your wrapping paper the decor by adding festive greenery and handmade tags to your presents and make them the focal point of your room.

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Use furniture you have in your home as displays for festive decorations and ornaments.

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Try a mini tree which you can display on a cabinet to give your home that holiday cheer.

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Our favourite red interiors!

With red being the colour of the moment we've put together our favourite red interiors. Whether you go for red walls, red furniture or red accessories, chose a hue you love and incorporate it into your home this winter!

 

Home is where the hearth is!

If there's one thing that's consistent throughout different style of homes, it's fireplaces. We love it when we can include a fireplace in our projects and they are a great focal point for any space! If you need some inspiration then check out the different types and styles of fireplaces and call us for a quote.

Gas Fireplace

The effect of heat is almost instant, they are affordable, and easy to install as they don’t require a brick built chimney. 

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Wood burning fireplace

Whether coal or log fueled, there are few things as comforting as gathering around an open fire.The main benefit is that it will give off heat for hours after the fire has died down. So you’ll still feel nice and warm long after the fire’s been put out and you’re tucked up in bed!

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Electric fireplace

Electric Fireplaces have evolved significantly in recent years. They now take advantage of modern LED lighting technologies to mimic a flame-effect option that is almost as good as the real thing. They are now able to offer a higher level of heat output that is low maintenance and energy efficient. This type of fireplace is primarily used for decorative purposes and can be floor standing or wall mounted. They don’t need to be flued so are a good option for apartments where sharing walls, body corporate may be an issue.

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Styles of fireplaces

Suspended

Hung from the ceiling, a suspended fireplace can create a beautiful interior sculpture and focal point for a room. 

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Free standing

A freestanding fireplace is a highly efficient heating option for homes that don’t have enough wall space for an inbuilt fireplace, and is perfect for homes with high cathedral style ceilings and also work well with large format glass windows that offer a panoramic view. A freestanding rotating fireplace is also a great option as the rotating burning chamber offers the flexibility to put fire wherever you desire.

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Double-sided and three sided fireplaces

Use this playful design as a divider between two grand living spaces and enjoy the flickering of dancing flames from both sides. A double sided wood range allows an unsurpassed ambience in any centre space. There are also double sided gas models available.

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Wall mounted

Wall mounted fireplaces are a great option for small spaces, are relatively inexpensive to buy and super easy to install. Making the, by far one of the most popular styles for creating a beautiful statement.

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Corner unit

If you like the aesthetic of a freestanding unit but don't want it projecting into living space a corner unit is the perfect solution! They a very easy to install and a great way to fill a nook or dead space in a corner.

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Now you've chosen your favourite let us install the perfect fireplace for you! 

 

Dark and stormy interiors!

We're getting our spook on for Halloween and we have put together our favourite black interiors. 

Colour trends you need in your home!

Pinks'n'blues 

For a calm and trendy look combine duskier pale pinks with blues and layer with more brighter tones to create a cool, modern interior. 

Greens

Rich, leafy greens combine two of this season’s key trends – jewel tones and natural finishes. Pair soft green accessories with plenty of wood for a relaxed and welcoming space.

Reds

From terracotta hues to scarlet red, this colour scheme will be a real show stopper.  Try a Chinese red which has quite a bit of orange in it, for a pretty intense statement. Or try terracotta in combination with other cooler (literally) shades to keep it completely contemporary. 

Blues

Dark blues have great depth and are gorgeous in a room from floor to ceiling. This calm confident colour oozes class and style.

Now decide on your favourite and let XI Projects transform your home with the newest colour trend - call us for a quote today!

Kitchen island design ideas!

Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes. In addition to being a visual anchor in the space, they also help increase the room’s functionality and efficiency. If your kitchen needs updating and you need some inspiration for your future kitchen island then check the tips below and call us for a quote!

ADD COUNTER SPACE

Use your island to increase the amount of counter space in your kitchen. Having more counter space will allow more room for meal prep, multiple chefs and can serve as an eating area. 

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CREATE MORE SEATING

Whether your space lacks a proper dining table or you’re looking to create a more casual bar-seating option, adding low-profile seating to the island is an easy way to increase functionality and make the environment more social for both guests and the cook. 

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ADD APPLIANCES

Incorporating sinks or stove tops into the surface of the island is one way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen. 

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MAKE IT MULTILEVEL

Add another dynamic by creating variation in the height of your island. Using the island for multiple purposes, like eating and food prep, will maximize the utility.

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GET MORE STORAGE

An island is also a way to add more storage and avoid kitchen clutter by using drawers, cupboards and shelves. This is beneficial especially if appliances take up a lot of cabinet room, or if you’re looking for a unique way to showcase certain items by using open shelving. 

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USE THE SPACE ABOVE

Take advantage of being able to use the space above the island by adding suspended storage, or if you’ve decided to install a stovetop with overhead venting you can use the space for the range hood.
 

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Handmade tiles - the hottest trend!

We can't get enough of handmade tiles at the moment, especially the matte varieties. The texture of each tile makes the most boring of rooms super stylish. Whatever shape you prefer - scales, scallops, kit-kat, hexangonal or square, make sure to use handmade tiles somewhere in your home for that super luxe look. Check out our favourites below and call us for a quote!

How to get a modern farmhouse kitchen!

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Wooden countertops are a must for that aged farmhouse look.

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A farmhouse sink is the best choice for an instant farmhouse feel.

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Display your antiques, mason jars or large wooden bowls throughout your kitchen and in glass front cabinets for a unique look. 

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Shaker style cupboards give that older style farmhouse feel.

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Add natural textures like burlap, wicker or linen to your kitchen to create a casual feel.

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Using a table turned island adds character and makes the kitchen appear as though it evolved over many years.

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Replace upper cabinets with shelves which are perfect for displaying a beautiful collection or classic white dishware.

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Using vintage second hand pendants to give that thrifty aged feel.

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Used muted shades of blue, yellow, green and of course white paint on the walls, cupboards and floor boards.

If you desire that farmhouse feel in your kitchen give us a call and we'd be happy to create the perfect kitchen for you!

Wallpaper trends to follow now!

We're using wallpaper more than ever before as a relatively cheap way to transform an ordinary room into a showstopper. Now with limitless patterns available wallpaper is no longer reserved for just a feature wall. So check out our favourite wallpaper trends, decide on your favourite and embrace wallpaper in your home! 

MURAL - Large scale mural wallpaper designs can change the atmosphere of a room dramatically and immediately give that WOW factor!

GEOMETRIC- Geometric wallpapers create a bold, fresh feel and provide a dynamic, modern look.

FLORAL- Traditional floral wallpapers are not only for country cottages as they are surprisingly versatile and create a dramatic statement in any room. 

DIGITAL- Today, digital wallpaper comes in every look you can think of. With unlimited colour palettes there are no restrictions when it comes to pattern size, resulting in designs that are big and brilliantly vibrant.

FAUX FINISH- Faux finish wallpaper such as brick, concrete, or wood-inspired patterns create a focal point in any room as well as some serious style.

METALICS- The slight shine these wallpapers give off is enough to add a luxe feel to any space...winning!

Disappearing kitchens!

Do you have a multi-purpose room that needs a kitchen that can almost disappear when it is not being used? Or did you want to reduce the visual presence of a full-sized kitchen even more? Then look no further then a disappearing kitchen.

If you have any of the following issues then a disappearing kitchen is the answer:

  •  When an exposed kitchen would compromise the other activities in a multi-purpose room.
  • When an exposed kitchen would compromise the visual emphasis of the room.
  • When an exposed kitchen would compromise a minimalist design.
  • When floor space allocated to the kitchen must be reduced.
  • When a kitchen needs to share the SAME space as another non-cooking activity.

So check out our favourite disappearing kitchens below and call us for a quote or a chat about how we can make your home outstanding! 

Plywood love!

Nowadays, you’re likely to see this engineered, layered wood used on construction sites, or as an alternative to MDF but plywood is cropping up as a star material, unpainted and proud around the home.

Though pricier than MDF, plywood is still generally much more affordable than solid wood and has the benefits over MDF of being stronger, better at holding screws, suitable for exterior jobs (depending on the variety) and, arguably, better looking in its raw state.

From super-strong, humidity-proof and good-looking marine ply to easy-to-cut-and-drill softwood ply; rugged and ready hardwood; pale, smooth birch ply, or thin, bendable sheets, there are many plywood varieties to choose from, as well as multiple thicknesses. 

So now you've had a quick run down check out our favourite ways to use plywood around the home for that super stylish modern look and call us for a quote today!

Lagom- how to bring the lifestyle concept into your home.

Lagom, a Swedish word which literally translates to ‘just the right amount’, is about keeping life simple. Focus on moderation to create fairness and balance, and don’t overcomplicate life and you will achieve far more. 

This can of course be translated into our homes to create a sense of harmony and wellbeing. Lagom translates to “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right.” Unlike hygge, which aims to capture a feeling, lagom is an ethos of moderation. Now follow these easy steps to get more Lagom in your home...

1. De-clutter

Create a simpler and more curated look by de-cluttering and selecting only those home accessories that you truly love and will stand the test of time. Clutter free surfaces also help us to enjoy our space more - there should be a place for everything. 

2. Keep it classic

Form a scheme that is classic and will not date with a pared back, practical approach to design. Consider the true purpose of a room and whether your layout and furniture meets its needs without being overcomplicated

3. Narrow your colour scheme

Edit your colour palette at home to include just a few key colours. Complementary groups of neutrals are idea for Lagom as they provide elegance and simplicity, and most importantly will not date.

4. Go organic

Choose natural materials that are organic and are long lasting. Solid wood, soft cotton and woven linen are ideal for Lagom as opposed to more decadent finishes.

5. Add a green touch

Add some indoor plants to your home as they offer an element of nature and sustainability which is perfectly aligned with the Lagom outlook. They will also bring energy to your space and help to remove pollutants.

6. Ample lighting

It seems obvious that adding ample lighting will brighten your home, but by installing LED bulbs, you will drastically brighten your space whilst cutting down your electricity bill and avoiding wasted energy.

7. Mirrors

Mirrors are a brilliant way to visually expand a room. By reflecting light, mirrors will open up your space making it feel bigger and brighter, so you can appreciate and make best use of the space that you have.

Ombre - the hottest trend!

Ombre, literally translates to 'shaded' in French, and has become a super trend throughout fashion, beauty and now interiors. The smooth, satisfying gradient of ombre technique calms the soul like no solid shade can. So whether you're using paint, tiles, or wallpaper to create your ombre effect, embrace this trend in your home ASAP! For some inspiration check out our favourites below.

Tips for a minimalist home!

Minimalism is essentially the art of being able to comfortably, conveniently and aesthetically live with less. Minimalism is editing, pure and simple – editing your knick-knack selection, editing your wardrobe, and really just paring down the excess stuff. It’s about simplifying your surroundings, and by extension, your life. 

The minimalist decorating style is an exercise in restraint, where space, lighting, and objects play equally important roles. This style demands you to pare down your furnishings to the bare essentials so that you’re left with a set of curated objects that deliver maximum impact. Far from being boring, this style is bold, functional and highly memorable.

Here are some tips on how to achieve this style...

Look at your furniture: The fewer pieces of furniture, the better (within reason, of course). Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and livability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture with solid, subdued colors.

Use a restrained color palette: Light colors such as white along with understated neutrals, barely there greys, and pastels are intrinsic to minimalist homes. 

Let in the light: If you can let the light pour in, it would significantly add to the decor. If privacy is an issue, use the thinnest curtain materials or use blinds.

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Keep only the essentials. Look at your furniture or anything else in the room and ask yourself if the item is truly essential. 

Clear floors. Except for the furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Nothing should clutter the floor, nothing should be stacked, nothing should be stored on the floor. Empty space is considered an important element in minimalist decor since space interacts with the objects and defines the look. 

Clear walls. Some people hang all kinds of stuff on their walls. No-can-do in a minimalist home. Clear your walls except for one or two simple pieces of nice artwork.

Statement bathroom floors!

We believe a bathroom can be completely rejuvanated with a statement floor. So whether you use tiles, carpet, paint or wood make sure to give your bathroom floor a new, stylish makeover. Check out our favourites for some serious inspiration and call us for a quote!

Geometric tiles look together with a free standing bath just has that WOW factor.

Geometric tiles look together with a free standing bath just has that WOW factor.

These floral tiles look so fashionable against the clean and modern subway tiles and wooden stools.

These floral tiles look so fashionable against the clean and modern subway tiles and wooden stools.

Add some fun with tiles that stand out and make the room fun and inviting.

Add some fun with tiles that stand out and make the room fun and inviting.

Tiles that pic up on the tones of the freestanding bath and the rest of the bathroom makes it look so chic!

Tiles that pic up on the tones of the freestanding bath and the rest of the bathroom makes it look so chic!

Hexagonal tiles make this bathroom look modern, sleek and looks so good.

Hexagonal tiles make this bathroom look modern, sleek and looks so good.

Mixing up geometric tiles with a rug makes the room playful and fun.

Mixing up geometric tiles with a rug makes the room playful and fun.

Painting the floor the same colour as the walls creating the illusion of more spacious and look so modern..

Painting the floor the same colour as the walls creating the illusion of more spacious and look so modern..

For a traditional look use natural tones together with quality wooden floor boards to give that super luxurious and relaxing feel.

For a traditional look use natural tones together with quality wooden floor boards to give that super luxurious and relaxing feel.

Use a statement rug against simple tiles to give a vibrant and eclectic feel to the bathroom.

Use a statement rug against simple tiles to give a vibrant and eclectic feel to the bathroom.

Chevron wooden flooring which runs throughout the bathroom looks super against the subway tiles.

Chevron wooden flooring which runs throughout the bathroom looks super against the subway tiles.

These simple and elegant geometric tiles give this bathroom that edge.

These simple and elegant geometric tiles give this bathroom that edge.

For that shabby chic look go for painted floor boards which will age with time and will give the bathroom a real unique look.

For that shabby chic look go for painted floor boards which will age with time and will give the bathroom a real unique look.

A persian statement rug which complements the  colour of the bathroom cabinets and stands out against the white walls just looks great!

A persian statement rug which complements the  colour of the bathroom cabinets and stands out against the white walls just looks great!

A white floor just looks super simple, modern, clean and effortlessly stylish.

A white floor just looks super simple, modern, clean and effortlessly stylish.

Designing a galley kitchen!

Named after a ship’s kitchen, galleys were originally designed to be both compact, ergonomic and ultra-efficient, maximising every inch of space for both storage and preparation. Therefore galley kitchens are perfect for small spaces.

A galley kitchen consists of two parallel runs of units forming a central corridor in which to work. The galley layout works well for all kitchen styles; it’s also the preferred design of many professional chefs, who love it because it enhances safety and efficiency during cooking. 

Though galley kitchens work best in small spaces, they can also be good for medium-sized kitchens. However, be aware that if the opposing runs are too far apart, the kitchen will lose its efficiency. 

Top tips for Galley Kitchens

For a symmetrical galley kitchen the length of the runs and the arrangement of units on each side should mirror each other as much as you want.

For an assymetrical kitchen you can focus the tall cabinets or a bank of appliances on one side of the room, with base and wall units on the other. Or you can go with a mix of tall and wall units along one side, with a single run of base units on the other if, for example, you have an open-plan space.

Try and use open shelving which will visually expand the space.

Try to situate the sink at the end of the galley kitchen to free up counter space for preparing food and so you can leave the dirty dishes where most people wont see them.

Use a 'work traingle' made up of the work top, stove and refrigerator in your galley kitchen to make your space super functional.

Situate your stove on one side together with your other appliances so the other side is all open cooking space and frees up space for two people to cook at the same time.

Try to use a minimalist design and integrated appliances which will reduce visual clutter as this will make the room feel calmer.

Galley kitchens aren't known for their sociability but adding a small seating area at one end will allow you to socialise with friends.

Now if you need some inspiration for your galley kitchen check out our favourites here and call us for a quote:

Space saving beds for kids!

Bunk beds and high sleepers are all about combining a fun, playful vibe with space-saving solutions that help maximize available room. With space becoming such an essential commodity in modern homes, it pays to think vertically!

So if your kids room needs a space saving makeover then get inspired from our favourites below and call us for a quote!