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The Summer Style Secrets Shaynna Blaze wants you to know About

I make no secret of the fact that I have a major crush on Shaynna Blaze. I’ve interviewed her a number of times on the blog before, but we’re actually yet to meet in person.

The day will come eventually, of course. I’m just waiting for Channel 9 to make me the fourth judge on The Block and then our fates are sealed.

One of the things Shaynna Blaze does so well is break decorating rules down to their basics, and explain them in a way that makes perfect sense to the everyday homemaker. In today’s post, she’s doing just that; sharing some tips and tricks for outdoor style in the warmer months.

Strap yourself in as the lady herself tells us how to rock an outdoor area this summer!

Ourdoor Area with Tropical Decorating Ideas Grey Brick Home

Shaynna Blaze on how to Rock an Outdoor Area

One of my favourite things about Australia is the fantastic outdoor lifestyle we enjoy throughout the warmer months. As soon as the weather heats up it’s all about doing everything outdoors, even our entertaining.

Before the season gets into full swing, now it’s the perfect time to update you home’s exterior with a stroke of paint.

Typically our exterior colour palettes are simpler than our interior’s, and usually range from neutral tones of beige and browns through to dark greys and charcoals. Though your exterior palette may be simple it doesn’t mean you have to play it safe.

Grey Brick Home with White Trim from Taubmans

Explore Dark Colours

Over the past few years we’ve seen more experimentation with darker colour schemes as a way to create a modern, sophisticated look while also disguising dated bricks. Dark greys like Taubmans Gibraltar Grey, on your exteriors walls with crisp white trims is the perfect combination for almost any home, from a leafy suburban townhouse to a sandy beachfront bungalow.

Consider Surrounding Hues

Changing your exterior colour scheme can also be an easy way to transform the look of your home. When doing so, it’s important to take colour cues from your exterior surrounds. For example, in the picture below, the sandstone paving is an integral element of this outdoor space and therefore the wall colour needs to harmoniously pair with the colour of the stone. This same rule applies no matter what materials you’re working with, be it stone, timbers or crushed rock.

The light colour on the weatherboards gives a blended look with the sandstone, and is perfect for smaller areas as it gives the illusion of space to the exterior.

Grey Fibro Exterior Paint from Taubmans on TLC Interiors Blog

Contrasting Tones will Create Drama

On the other hand, darker colours like Taubmans Thundercloud are great for creating a dramatic first impression when paired with contrasting white trims. This colour scheme gives character to an otherwise simple exterior design.

Explore tone for a Seamless Transition

If you’re lucky enough to have a home with a kitchen or lounge room that opens out to your exterior living space then it’s important to create a cohesive palette for both areas. Use colours that are similar in tone but varying in strength to flow seamlessly from interior to exterior, ultimately making the space feel like one.

For more tips for using colour in your home visit: www.taubmans.com.au

>>> What are you doing with your outdoor area this summer? Drop a comment below and let me know what your exterior plans are!


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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