Paint colours that will stand the test of time
Want to decorate your home with colours that won't fall from grace over time? Here, UK home buyer experts Goodmove offer some tried-and-true advice
Bringing the outdoors in
With extensive glazing and exterior materials running into the interior, this living space has the feel of an outdoor room. Above the fireplace, a bedroom wing is clad in the same cedar panels as the exterior. Concrete floors and steel elements also appear indoors and out
Colour design for your home – getting it right with Dulux
Painting your home, interior or exterior, or even a room, achieves an inspired result with professional input. Dulux's Colour Design Services can help – there are 2 great options
Classic outside – lux modern inside
Around the corner from London's Hyde Park, two upmarket townhouse front doors open to a combined, transformed lux interior
Black, white and impactful
The entry to this home features serene shoji-like, dark-framed frosted glass doors contrasting white walls and a wall sculpture by artist Don Service.
Instagram’s most popular houseplants revealed!
All around the world we can’t get enough of houseplants – with more than 4 million posts on Instagram a fair indication! So what plant tops picture popularity? The clickable cactus scooped the polls with 23 million posts. See how your favourite flora rated.
This interior responds directly to the homeowner's brief for robust, but elegantly grand. The thoughtful interior design fully utilises the volumes of space crafted by the architect, with the use of high-quality materials ensuring durability and longevity
Air of romance
The interior design brief for this villa makeover was for modern spaces while maintaining refined character villa details and finishes for a warm, sophisticated and luxurious feel. The reinvented bathroom, kitchen and living space have all been transformed
Fit for a king
Wow! Clever behind-the-scenes design allows this curvaceous limestone staircase to appear to hang and twist in mid air. Explore the rest of this breathtaking clifftop home
Floored by the scenery
This kitchen in a dramatic mountain home is set back to provide uninterrupted lines out to the scenery. From this vantage, the long benchtop and choice of rich Oak Tobacco Grey, wide plank flooring lead the eye out to the spectacular landscape
Expansive, light-filled home threads elegantly between existing, tall willow trees
This formal lounge in a home by O’Neil Architecture is a double-height volume – accentuating its importance in the home and optimising views of mature willows on the property.
Serenity by the sea
Set on high with stunning beach views, this home reflects a minimal, raw material palette which is echoed in the interior design. Italian and New Zealand signature pieces contribute to the elegant, relaxed ambience
Armstrong Interiors wins 2020 TIDA New Zealand Interior Design of the Year
Congratulations to Armstrong Interiors, winner of TIDA New Zealand Interior Design of the Year. See more of this sophisticated apartment-style interior
Putting the great into great room
A new home by the lake makes a statement but it is the interiors that really respond to the views – the dramatic great room in particular
So what's on? Well the shipping channel looks good
With dramatic river views beyond the windows, it's doubtful this home's large family television in rich wood joinery ever gets much attention
Yes, of course I've been studying
A home office trained on a great river view may not be conducive to putting your head down. Still, maybe that view is worth a failed paper or two...
White coastal kitchen complements the blue ocean and modern interior
The homeowners wanted the kitchen to be in keeping with the clean-lined home it forms part of.
As green as can be
MVRDV designed a small office and residential building using a gridded rack system to cover the building’s entire exterior in a variety of plants. The look and feel of the 'planted' facade also impacts the cool, airy interiors
A wine cellar becomes a display feature in this lifestyle home
The lower level of this home is set up for relaxation time – including this small informal lounge next to a 1000-bottle wine cellar. There was also room on this level for a cinema, sauna, and exercise area
Dreading next winter? With cost-effective underfloor heating, you don't have to
The great thing about one season arriving is you can look ahead to plan for the season that follows. Here Warmup New Zealand Founder and CEO Paul Fielding responds to commonly asked questions about the increasingly popular option of underfloor heating for both carpeted and tiled areas of your home
Elegant interior a match for million dollar view
Cool, luxurious and with stand-out artworks, this harbourside apartment's elegant interior matches its outstanding view
Heavy and light - this staircase combines both
Greeting you just inside the entrance to the home, these stairs have a dramatic, sculptural quality. Designer FuTung Cheng cast each of the 160kg concrete treads, which were then post-tensioned into the concrete wall and cantilevered out to give a floating effect. The wire balustrading plays no structural role in the design.
Using commercial construction material injects drama into this new home
There are many ways to bring warmth into your interior – even when the main cladding materials are concrete and glass. Here, a snug sunken lounge provides a cosy seating option, while a wood ceiling warms up the space visually. In fact, the home has several unique features.
Heat pumps are perfect for winter and summer
It's well known that heat pumps are the most energy efficient form of electric heating for New Zealand homes. However, they are also an efficient way to keep your home cool and comfortable over summer. Here we answer some questions around having one efficient heating and cooling appliance, rather than buying two
Elegant star-burst pendants were the perfect choice for this lakeside home
The sculptural, star-burst lighting pendants in this living space are a natural match for the airy interior and natural setting. They have the added advantage of drawing attention to the gabled home's high ceilings
Making an entrance
OK, so you’ve done your best with your beautiful front garden and attractive street-facing cladding – now it’s your entry space’s turn to wow your guests. Here are 10 ways to make your entry space look more dramatic, upmarket and welcoming
Clean and minimal was the design brief for this luxurious home
From architecture to artwork, the design team behind the minimalist interior of this penthouse apartment strove to honour the ethos of place and time. See how quality craftsmanship and contemporary style meet in this impeccable home
Our most popular interiors story of 2020
This was our top interiors story of 2020. Read the full story to see why it was a hit with our readers.
Why does this elegantly renovated living space seem so large?
This renovation increases the home's sense of space in part through pale wall and decor treatments and the choice of low, neutral coloured furniture
This terrace house feels completely refreshed after a major renovation
Following on from an upstairs rethink, this renovation opens up the ground floor of the home front-to-back with a deft reworking of the existing rear spaces
4 ways to make your living area feel more spacious
The next best thing to having more spacious interiors is looking like you have more spacious interiors. Here are four ways to visually grow your interior without a major renovation. Already have generous spaces? These tips can make them seem even grander.
An elegant turn for the better
A sculptural stair is just one strong, dextrous move in this refined transformation. To update an existing home in Forest Hill, Toronto, Reigo & Bauer executed a total renovation and interior design that unifies formerly disparate areas, modernising them functionally and aesthetically
Turn this way – when an entry directs traffic
There's nothing like a functional feature. A wood batten wall at the entry to this suite acts as a wayfinder. Its curved nature guides you towards the bedroom, while the battens admit light through into the bathroom
Shoe lovers unite!
While the other side of this blade wall forms a bedhead, this side is all about the shoes. The blade wall provides a storage solution as well as offering glimpses on either side to the bedroom beyond and sea views beyond that
Come right in – cladding runs indoors in this inviting design
A double height brick wall runs along the boundary line of this suburban property – inside as well as outside
Colour and tone are always your design friends. A glass walled ensuite leaves little to the imagination in this light-filled hotel suite. Luckily, the natural tones of the bathroom floor and wall tiles connect with the warm wood tones in the bedroom.
Down about your interior? Try looking up
For this master bedroom, the cathedral ceiling was re-engineered so that the bed could be relocated to improve harbour views. Existing niches were furnished with daybeds and storage.
This unnerving game lodge lets visitors feel they have skin in the game
The open, seamless boundaries between interior and exterior for this South African game lodge have the effect of immersing guests in their environment rather than placing them on a removed spectating platform.
Total transformation of 1980s duplex penthouse results in attractive open-plan interiors and vastly improved layout
A major renovation project is not just a chance to replace a dated decor scheme – even more important is the opportunity to right the wrongs of the original space planning and circulation pathways
How to design your home office
Working from home comes with many benefits – but you need to to make the most of the design of your home office to avoid the downsides.
Clifftop apartment combines unbeatable harbour views with open plan luxury interiors
Sophisticated apartment interior also has a relaxed beachfront vibe in keeping with the seaside setting
Balancing scale, views and comfort was the biggest challenge in the design of this substantial home
Organising the space planning in a Y or propeller shape ensured this home met all of the owner’s specific requirements while making the most of the spectacular views
Park Slope Duplex Apartment
After living in their apartment for over a decade, this family of four decided it was time to renovate. The result is a practical home that uses colour to create separate yet connected spaces
6 tips to buying furniture with staying power
Need help to select quality, long-lasting furniture for your home? Here's how to buy pieces that will stand the test of time
Interior decorating helps to turn this mountainside home into a treasure trove of gem‐like materials and custom furniture
The layout of this playful apartment was redesigned to create more space
You can't add space to an apartment – but could you make better use of the existing space? That's exactly the outcome for this clever rethink of an existing dated layout.
Celebrity apartment gets luxurious family renovation
Babe Ruth once walked the floors of this apartment but it's unlikely he would recognise it now. A transformative interior design interwoven with exotic wall treatments and artworks has given this riverside eyrie a rich, opulent air
Five reasons to build new
So you're looking to improve on your current house situation. From a renovation or purchase of an existing home to building new, there are choices. Here experienced homebuilder Fowler Homes outlines five good reasons why building afresh is the most appealing option
Making the most of everything
Brave and daring, The Barnhaus has been innovatively designed to ensure that every room is used every day and no space is wasted
A dynamic new home respects its natural setting in several ways
Standing tall amongst mature trees, this home on an awkward site, boasts simple, robust materials; an adroit layout, with minimal site disturbance; and several sustainable strategies
A character shop front is transformed into a sustainable home
Hidden behind the original facade of a former shop is a beautifully considered family home. Discover how it manages to make a dramatic statement while treading lightly on the land
How this home renovation managed to retain its 1960s charm
See how the alteration of this contemporary home in City Beach, Australia, was designed to maintain the charm of it’s 1960’s Commonwealth Games village history
Our most popular renovation story of 2020
This home came out tops as our most popular renovation story of 2020. Step inside to see why.
Dramatic move transforms cottage
Ruby red brick and oh so pretty but if the ceilings are low and outdoor links limited then a solution is called for. Who would have thought removing a floor could add so much more?
Warm heart, warm feet
There are many ways to bring a sense of warmth into your home and material choices are certainly one. Timber cabinetry and wider cedar interiors create a cozy look in this Wanaka home but just to be on the safe side underfloor heating runs throughout
Woodn't you know it – this interior nods to the outlooks
The upstairs in the central block of this home takes in spectacular mountain and lake views – and fair to say there's more than a nod to the many trees on the site
Grand home on a limited footprint
Love that heritage building but unsure whether it could ever be fit for modern purpose? Constraints can bring out the best in architectural thinking as this elegant cottage transformation reflects
A steel staircase, deep foundations and a cantilevered spa pool were just three feats requiring major engineering for this home
With deep, deep foundations, great street presence and a build height respectful of rear neighbours, this home responds to its environment in several ways
lyf – but not as we know it!
Ever wondered if we could live a more connected lifestyle where like-minded people live shoulder-to-shoulder in an atmosphere of mutual creative stimulation? As the largest co-living property in Southeast Asia, lyf Funan Singapore is an excellent working example
Master class in bringing light and life to previously gloomy, closed off spaces
Once compartmentalised and claustrophobic, an existing master suite has been transformed, with lightness and openness achieved in several ways
Light-filled home threads elegantly between willow trees
Walls of glass, deep overhangs and prominent parapet bands create a horizontal emphasis in this rural home
Upmarket apartment makeover connects rooms with harbour views
A restrained yet exotic palette, recessive wall planes and significant artworks combine in a sumptuous interior that connects with its harbourside outlooks
Renovation brings out the best in this home
Looks can be deceiving – that's definitely the case here. Hiding behind this historic villa's traditional facade is a much more modern home, thanks to its contemporary extension
Opening the bathroom to the bedroom makes this entire suite seem lighter and more spacious.
Rich teak wood joinery provides an elegant, open connection between this master bedroom and its upmarket ensuite
Changes in exterior materials and form help define the various zones of this family lakeside home
An industrial modern home for a family of eight cleverly caters for everyone to be together or in their own individualistic spaces