Cottesloe ResidenceContemporary Dining Room, Geelong
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Maintaining Concrete FlooringConcrete floors are easy to look after — just sweep and mop with soapy water or a neutral cleaner. Seal or wax the floors regularly in high-traffic areas to maintain the protective layer over its surface.Repolish floors as needed to maintain the desired gloss.
7. Designer lighting. Well-considered lighting can make a huge difference, and the good news is that less is often better (though you should not expect high-quality lighting to be cheap). Consider the aesthetic qualities of each light as a sculptural piece, as well as the potential the light has to create ambience at night.Try to avoid runways of downlights. It’s a house, not an airport.Make sure you get the wiring right the first time. It’s important to plan in advance so your electrician knows where to rough in the cabling correctly the first time, rather than having to rewire when it’s too late and much more expensive.Tip: If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of lighting design yet want to get it right, I suggest you seek help from your interior designer, architect or lighting consultant. Ideally, you will have a lighting plan that explains to the builder and electrician what lights you have selected and where they are located.Find a pro in your area
This room has a simple color palette that relies on wood to bring texture and warmth to the space. The timber brings both visual and tactile texture to the room. The timber wall and table look both warm and natural, balancing the smooth textures of the white walls and concrete floor that could otherwise have appeared cold and formal.Tip: An easy and inexpensive way to add texture is to include a jute rug. These rugs are available in many shapes and sizes and add both tactile and visual texture.