SIMPLE MAINTENANCE TO LIFT THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOME
Australians have become fascinated with building design and interiors. We are so much more informed about the endless possibilities we can explore in creating our personal, private spaces. We watch TV shows, read as many design magazines that we can muster, and never tire of chatting with friends about our mutual obsession to create the perfect space.
With the warmer weather comes inspiration to refresh and renew interiors. There’s also the opportunity to give a dated interior a facelift, or even just freshen up with simple maintenance that can make a big difference. Creating a visually pleasing space plays a huge part in how comfortable we feel in our home. Here are the top three interior update tips.
Attention to detail
Design is all in the detail and cornices play an important role in establishing the look and feel of a room. Selecting a style that complements other interior elements will help bring the whole space together. Gyprock’s interactive Cornice Visualiser lets you experiment with a range of seven cornice profiles in a variety of room styles from country to contemporary to industrial, and can help you picture the way different cornices look in different settings. You can even adjust the wall colours, lighting and ceiling height to get a clearer idea of how they will look in your home. Then you can complete the look with a choice of skirting boards, architraves and door handles to get the full effect.
Repairs and maintenance
The art of day to day household living can soon make a room look tired and worn out. If it’s just a quick update you’d prefer, there are a few simple and quick internal maintenance repairs you can undertake to refresh and rapidly improve the appearance of your walls and ceilings. The main areas of concern for homeowners are walls in high traffic areas and ceilings. Light marks can be easily removed from plasterboard with a damp cloth and stubborn marks can be removed with specialty cleaners such as sugar soap.
Minor damage where only the paper surface has been scratched or dented, and the plasterboard core remains intact, can be lightly sanded and patched with a Gyprock topping compound. For major damage where there is a hole or the plasterboard core is exposed or damaged, that section of plasterboard must be replaced.
When it comes to humidity and insufficient ventilation, mould and mildew can grow on walls and ceilings. It’s important to improve the ventilation and remove mould – whether it’s via a DIY vinegar solution or professional cleaning. If you’re taking on a renovation or extending, it’s the right time to consider your lining choice. Plasterboard is available in a variety of types, with mould and moisture resistant Gyprock Sensitive being the best choice in this scenario. Sensitive is a great choice for the whole home, or specifically for the areas most affected by these issues – like bathrooms, laundries and bedrooms. With the added benefit of being approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program, Sensitive is the best choice for the homes of asthma and allergy sufferers.