Colin & Justin

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Jan 4 2010
Home Heist Style Guide by Colin & Justin
A white and yellow bedroom, via Colin and Justin

A white and yellow bedroom, via Colin and Justin

I am a big fan of the wonderful people Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan are, and the work they demand and produce. I discovered them in 2006 when I was in Canada for 3 months, watching HGTV day in, day out…

Home Heist Style Guide by Colin & Justin

Home Heist Style Guide by Colin & Justin

Now they have finally arrived to Australia’s FreetoAir on How Not to Decorate, which is such a cool move by Channel Seven! :) But of course, this is 2 years old stuff… But anyhow, I love their work and thought I’d gather some of my favourite before and afters floating around www from their Home Heist seasons:

Like this fab basement makeover:

Basement turned TV room, orange, white and black, via Colin and Justin

Basement turned TV room, orange, white and black, via Colin and Justin

Black, white and yellow living/dining:

Kitchen and dining refigured, yellow, white and black, via Colin and Justin

Kitchen and dining refigured, yellow, white and black, via Colin and Justin

Nugget of wisdom from the duo:

One of the easiest ways to create a changeable interior is to opt for a predominance of neutral walls against which other detailing can be layered as and when required.

One of the things I love about the duo is their versatility in being able to create stunning diverse styles… to suit the tastes of the home owner.. like this gorgeous bright country-feel living room:

Colin and Justin makeover a drab living space to serene space of white and blues

Colin and Justin makeover a drab living space to serene space of white and blues

I do love Justin’s more flamboyant’s personal style… esp his trademark OTT brooches:

The Erstwhile Duo, Colin and Justin

The Erstwhile Duo, Colin and Justin

And what about the gorgeous chocolate wall backdrop for these two funny designers? I love the sideboard with the white Ikea framing black and white shots, with the lime green vases … mmm chic, no? A makeover for a office boss!

Another tip from the duo:

Unify! If you’re not starting from scratch, unify mismatched existing furniture with a coat of paint or spray varnish.

I love this next touch of the bright orange light shades in this Toronto loft space, so totally individual!

Funky living space with black and white and orange, by Colin and Justin

Funky living space with black and white and orange, by Colin and Justin

Another tip:

To help create a successful kids bedroom, good storage is paramount. With this in mind, make sure you add loads of sleek drawer systems, tons of roomy storage boxes and legions of bottomless chests!

Not my favourite look, but this lustry bathroom is sensational!

Red boudoir bathroom, by Colin and Justin

Red boudoir bathroom, by Colin and Justin

And this masculine, and striking black, grey and white living room:

Serene living room space in neutral tones, by Colin and Justin

Serene living room space in neutral tones, by Colin and Justin

And this sweet yet modern purple and white living room, with custom stripes flanking the fireplace!

Purple living space with modern hi tech touches, by Colin and Justin

Purple living space with modern hi tech touches, by Colin and Justin

Tip from Colin and Justin:

If your rooms are small and you have to work with a staircase, dispense with the idea of a drywall banister (that could have made an already small home feel even tighter). Opt instead for two- by two-inch timber struts placed at two-inch intervals at either side. Painted crisp white, they help sharpen the scheme and provide wondrous decorating pop against a backdrop.

And one of my favourite wow rooms, a glorious modern take on a very traditional foyer.. love the sharp navy blue and white wallpaper, painted staircase… with the traditional rounded base round table painted glorious white… mmmm:

A drab foyer turned absolutely stunning with lots of whites and blues against a warm wooden floor, via Colin and Justin

A drab foyer turned absolutely stunning with lots of whites and blues against a warm wooden floor, via Colin and Justin

A drab foyer turned absolutely stunning with lots of whites and blues against a warm wooden floor, via Colin and Justin

A drab foyer turned absolutely stunning with lots of whites and blues against a warm wooden floor, via Colin and Justin

Tip:

An auspiciously hung mirror will help bounce natural light (not to mention a last place to check your pucker before leaving for work) while carefully positioned lamps will provide atmospheric glow upon entry. If you’ve space for a console, pop a lamp either side, and a mirror between, to make a wonderful statement.

Another tip:

If you have a long skinny hall which you’d like to visually foreshorten, then choose a paint shade a tone or two darker than main areas and use this on the wall furthest from the entrance. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Yet another tip:

Hallways with extra tall ceilings can be tamed with a dado rail. Paint the area above the rail a few shades darker than your main wall colour to bring down perceived height.

Love this raspberry (more watermelon to me) and white living room update too!

Pumpkin and whites along with a wall of mirror adds space in a small room, via Colin and Justin

Pumpkin and whites along with a wall of mirror adds space in a small room, via Colin and Justin

I love yellow as you might have discovered… but this BRIGHT yellow kitchen feels a little too much, but nevertheless, stunning!

Bright yellow kitchen cabinets brighten up the space, via Colin and Justin

Bright yellow kitchen cabinets brighten up the space, via Colin and Justin

Hot tip:

If you’re planning a top-tier shade such as this, the duo recommend detail-free doors. Extra carving or scribing plus such a bright colour spec would simply be a stage too far.

Another great point:

Because the yellow is so eye poppingly bright, another dramatic shade on the walls would have confused matters. Select a soft colour to create diffused contrast. Warmer tones such as cream or magnolia would be completely wrong in tandem with our bright primary shade and would have diminished impact resulting in “muddy” or visually “dirty” aesthetics.

A white bedroom with restrained red touches that feel almost restful!

Used in small amounts, the reds in this all-white bedroom adds to the serenity! via Colin and Justin

Used in small amounts, the reds in this all-white bedroom adds to the serenity! via Colin and Justin

Another tip, of course!

The before walls was a deep red, so the duo advise to save money, using big-box-store budget latex for the first couple of coats of white, then finishing off with a coat of premier quality product.

I’m not a fan of feature/accent walls, but C&J assuade my trepidations with painting the adjoining wall AND the stair treads the same colour!

An ugly space gets new lease of life with bright blue wall in neutral palette room, via Colin and Justin

An ugly space gets new lease of life with bright blue wall in neutral palette room, via Colin and Justin

What about a tartan-check bedroom? Sounds awful? Not when C&J get to it!

Tartan covered bedroom a masculine and serene space to sleep, via Colin and Justin

Tartan covered bedroom a masculine and serene space to sleep, via Colin and Justin

Those gorgeous Home-Sense-prettied-up lamps were only $50 a pop!

Oooh. My heart stopped when I first saw this yellow, white and black bedroom…

New living space with yellows, whites and blacks, via Colin and Justin

New living space with yellows, whites and blacks, via Colin and Justin

Another country feel bedroom with a smart pale blue and white feel… and more white furniture:

Pretty blue and white bedroom, via Colin and Justin

Pretty blue and white bedroom, via Colin and Justin

Ohh. Another beautiful room in white and charcoal, restrained, smart and definitely chic.

Purple walls make for a beautiful bedroom in white and blacks, via Colin and Justin

Purple walls make for a beautiful bedroom in white and blacks, via Colin and Justin

What about pink? Soft pink living room

Purple, white and bright pink make this space bright and happy, via Colin and Justin

Purple, white and bright pink make this space bright and happy, via Colin and Justin

And this great idea for a bedhead: paint it on!

I love the beautiful bedroom with painted bedhead in taupes and black with teal spots, via Colin and Justin

I love the beautiful bedroom with painted bedhead in taupes and black with teal spots, via Colin and Justin

How funny that these two unabashedly gay comedic design gurus grace the covers of 2 Harlequin romances??

Lastly I leave you with Justin’s oft-used phrase:

To fail to plan is to plan to fail!

Any chance of getting full DVDs of seasons, guys??? Since we’ll probably get to watch Home Heist on Australian TV in 2014!!

All photos are from Your Home, Canada.

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