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Using a neutral palette will allow you to add colour with feature walls, curtains and interesting fabrics

Interior focus


Fashions come and go, so when redesigning your home's interior, it makes sense to choose neutral tones that won't date too quickly.

This advice comes from Dinah Malyon, director of homestaging and interior design company DMI Homestagers.

"Interest can be created through accessories – cushions, throws, rugs and curtains – rather than tying yourself down to a particular colour scheme by choosing bold colours for large items," she says.

The current look is less structured than it used to be, she says, as homeowners look for a more comfortable, casual feel. Furniture choices do not need to be limited by the style of the home. A rolled armchair may look good in a modern home, while a low, square sofa can not only suit a modern home, but also an older villa or bungalow.

When redesigning an entire home, the kitchen and bathrooms are usually the most in need of a major makeover.


"Kitchens and bathrooms are often the part of a home that needs modernising the most, as these areas may date," Malyon says.

Use lamps rather than wall lights, and avoid hanging lights if ceilings are low, she says.

As well as offering an interior design service, DMI Homestagers also assists developers, homeowners and real estate agents to achieve sales by creating the best possible first impression.

Working in Auckland and Wellington, the company operates a comprehensive property staging service, providing furniture and accessories for private homes, show homes, display units and apartments.

Drawing from its stock of designer furniture and accessories, which is updated constantly to reflect the latest trends, the company furnishesinteriors to suit a home's design and target audience.The service offered includes professional advice,furniture installation, and maintenance of the display. Artwork and fresh flowers can also be provided.

"We can work with homeowners on all levels, from advising them how to rearrange their own furniture to creating an entire new look from scratch," Malyon says.

For more information, contact DMI Homestagers, PO Box 97-926, Parnell, Auckland, phone (09) 579 1930, fax (09) 579 1933, Auckland and Wellington freephone 0800 Dmi Home (364 466). Email:, or visit the .

First published date: 18 January 2006

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