With spring cleaning season behind us and summer setting in, now is the perfect time to climb out of that interior design rut and refresh your Surfers Paradise property. Take advantage of longer days, warmer weather and clear skies to inspire a new look for your kitchen, living space or bedrooms.
To help kick start your interior design brainstorm, we turn to the science of colour to discover how you can breathe new life into your space.
If you've lived on the Gold Coast before, you'll know all too well how the temperatures can soar in summer. Residents flock to the beach, and the average high reaches a temperature of 28 degrees.
Indoors, swapping out lacklustre beige or cream walls for pristine white can work wonders not just for aesthetics, but also in creating a sanctuary from the summer heat. As noted by Color Matters, darker colours tend to absorb heat more than brighter, light hues such as white, making this crisp look a smart choice for summer.
In addition, white can help to keep things airy and cool due to the fact it possesses a light reflective value (LRV) of 100 per cent. As explained by Resene, this means it not only reflects all visible light, but it also helps to deflect heat, as well.
This is a principle that doesn't just apply to your walls, however. Colour can also transform the way we see a room, thanks to our innate human response to different hues. If you want to create a cool, summery feel in your house or apartment, you can turn to colours on the cooler range of the spectrum to achieve this.
A simple fix is to take to your furniture with some whitewash paint for the ultimate nautical-themed interior. These specially formulated paints create a beautiful weathered look which is gentle on the eyes, but you can also achieve this effect with a little creativity.
Strip any existing paint off your wooden furniture and water down your white paint before applying with a roller or wide brush. Before it dries, use a damp sponge to wipe down the wood for a chic, weathered look.
When Pantone releases its annual colour reports, the world takes notice. The latest instalment includes a pale aqua called Limpet Shell which provides a refreshing take on the more vibrant turquoise. Either incorporate it in small doses through throws and cushions, or create your own feature wall.
To tie in with the nautical feel of white washed furniture, take a look at incorporating a maritime hue such as the Snorkel Blue picked out as a trending colour by Pantone. Match with simple prints or create a border around the top of your walls for a striking look without compromising your light, bright walls.
Another hot colour to watch is the dusky lavender blue of the aptly named Serenity. Recently named one of the two colours of the year, this tranquil hue is the perfect complement to a peaceful retreat from the buzz of the city.
If you're looking to sell, or thinking about moving on in the near future, be sure to contact the experienced team at Ray White Surfers Paradise. With an expansive knowledge of this wonderful part of the Gold Coast, we would love to hear about your real estate goals. Whether you're buying or selling, you can rely on us to guide you towards the best options for your needs.