As exciting as it is to get started and watch your next building project take shape, there is always a decent amount of planning that needs to take place first. From gathering your ideas, transforming them to workable plans and applying for council approvals, each builder will have their own processes to ensure every build runs smoothly, on-time and on budget. Our team at Ramko is here every step to help walk you through everything that you need and let you know exactly what to expect when planning and approvals are involved.   

Once the plans have been formed, you will need to start thinking about colors and materials, styling and finishes. This is personally one of my favorite parts to any new build or renovation, as those paper plans start taking shape with colors and textures, enhancing the design to something much more than just drawings. If you have been browsing through suppliers on weekends but have no clue what wall color goes with what tile or tap, our team is ready and waiting to assist you. We have built up a great range of building suppliers and endless options when it comes to your selections, along with years of experience in design, you know are in safe hands with the Ramko team.  If you have a renovation or new build in the works, here are some ideas we love to get you thinking about in the lead up to your color selections:

- Have you begun to research colors and designs that you like? (App's like Pinterest is a great way to get you started! See https://www.pinterest.com.au/ and start searching) 

- Have you thought about your current furniture? Are you keeping this or updating to match? 

- Is there something you consider to be a feature item that you wish to use in the space? (A custom wood slab dining table, marble floor tiles, a designer artwork piece etc.)

- Have you seen anything that you don't like? 

- Are there members of your family that require practicality over design? (Pets, small children etc. not to say that you cannot have both!) 

- Do you have a Design Style in mind?
* We don't necessarily mean that you need to follow the chosen style exactly, but if you have some idea before we start, this can help us guide you with colors selections, patterns and textures, along with developing an overall idea of what you are wanting to achieve when it comes time to designing your home.  


If you are unsure on styling, here are 12 of the most popular design styles to get you started:

Modern - Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple color palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel.

- Modern and contemporary are two styles frequently used interchangeably. Contemporary is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now.

- It takes notions of modern design and simplifies them further. Color palettes are neutral and airy; furnishings are simple and streamlined, and nothing is excessive or flamboyant in accessories or décor.

- Industrial style as the name implies, draws inspiration from a warehouse or an urban loft. There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements, and it’s not uncommon to see exposed brick, ductwork and wood.

- Common characteristics include all-white color palettes and the incorporation of natural elements like form-pressed wood, bright plastics, and enameled aluminum, steel and wide plank flooring. If there are pops of color it often comes from the use of art, natural fiber throws or furs, or a single piece of furniture.

Traditional -
 Traditional homes often feature dark, finished wood, rich color palettes, and a variety of textures and curved lines. Furnishings have elaborate and ornate details and fabrics, like velvet, silk and brocade, which may include a variety of patterns and textures.

French Country
- Warm, earthy colors are indicative of a French Country design style, as are worn and ornamental wooden furnishing. The style has an overarching farmhouse inspiration and may include soft and warm tones of red, yellow or gold and natural materials like stone and brick.

Bohemian (Boho)
- Bohemian reflects a carefree lifestyle with little rules, except to follow your hearts desire. Bohemian homes may include vintage furniture and light fixtures, globally inspired textiles and rugs, displays of collections and items found in widely varied sources including flea markets and during one’s travels.

- Rustic design is drawn from natural inspiration, using raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone. Rustic design may incorporate accessories from the outdoors with warmth emulating from the design and architectural details that may include features like vaulted ceilings adorned with wood beams or reclaimed wood floors.

Shabby Chic
- Shabby chic is vintage-inspired style, but compared to Bohemian and other styles, tends to be more feminine, soft and delicate. Shabby chic furnishings are often either distressed or appear that way; paint tends to have antique-style finishes. The Shabby Chic color palettes include white, cream and pastels. Light colored fixtures and wall hangings may be ornate and continue the feminine vibe of shabby chic design.

Hollywood Glam
- Hollywood Glam is a design style that tends to be luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for a homeowner who enjoys making a statement. The color palettes are particularly bold - think purples, reds and turquoise.

- Common features include light, airy color palettes with cool neutral shades paired with blues and greens. Furnishings are often white or beige. The room can contain elements of wood and accessories are often inspired by the sea.

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