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Melbourne Home Renovations – Finding the right fittings and finishings for your space

Selecting the final fittings and finishings for your Melbourne home renovation can take loads of time, and rightly so because these so-called little aspects can make or break the look you’re trying to create. Here’s a run-down of things to consider before you begin shopping:

The look: Ask yourself what look you’re trying to create. It’s important to be clear about your vision for your home renovation project from the outset. Are you going for classic, modern, bold, country, vintage? Knowing the style you’re trying to emulate will guide you in selecting fittings that enhance that look and give your home renovation seamless style. For example, square fittings, metallic colourings and bold pendant lighting will give your home renovation an edgy modern feel, but if classic is what you’re after – rounded tapware and more conservative lighting styles might create a more timeless look for your home renovation.

Rooms: Make a list of the rooms your home renovation will include, and then list all the fittings/finishing elements that are required in each of those spaces. This way when you shop fittings and finishings you will take into account all the aspects required to create a particular room’s look and feel. Ideally you’re looking for items that offer contrast yet look good together and suit the style you’re after.  

Update required: Depending on the scale and style of your home renovation, not all fittings/fixtures will require a makeover. Walk through your Melbourne home and have a good look at the fixtures/fittings already in place. Notice which are in need of an update, and which ones are already modern. For those that are already contemporary, ask yourself if they will still work in well with your home renovation’s new style. Items to consider modernising include: lightshades, light fittings, pendant lighting, switches and powerpoints, door and wardrobe handles. If it’s a bathroom, kitchen or laundry renovation you’re embarking on, consider updating benchtops, door handles, tap fittings and splashbacks.

Inspiration: Browse online retailers’ websites for product ideas but also for images of styled rooms so you can get a better idea of how all the fittings, finishings and materials could work together. Visiting showrooms and display homes is another way to get a better impression of what you could create. You can access also The Makeover Group’s free ebook, 101 Kitchen and Bathroom Design Ideas for Renovations, for pictorial inspiration here

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Richard Armstrong is a Director of Melbourne firm The Makeover Group. He has more than a decade of property styling and home-renovation experience, including kitchen and bathroom design and build. Richard has helped hundreds of Melbourne clients undertake renovations to modernise their homes.