Author Archives: Jenny Murfitt


Kitchen Trends You’ll Love in 2019!

Is a gorgeous new kitchen or stylish bespoke joinery on your wishlist for this year? Here’s the hottest trends that Prime Kitchens forecast for 2019: Colours In 2019, we’re seeing a growing interest in kitchens that feature a strong base colour such as white, charcoal, black, navy and blush. Charcoal,...

The Eames Identity

Americans Charles Eames and his wife, known as Ray, made some of the most significant contributions to the development of modern furniture. Although they also worked in graphic design, architecture, photography, fine art and film; their legacy remains in some of the world’s best-known designs of chairs. The couple wanted...

Just Peachy!

Pantone’s 2019 colour of the year, Living Coral, is the best of both worlds - the zesty energy of orange paired with the softness of pink. With a warm and soft glow, it’s versatile enough for every room in the house – but best of all it’s the perfect accent...

Cooking up Colour

Humans are affected emotionally and physically by colours in our surroundings, and since we spend almost three hours a day in the kitchen, adding colour to the kitchen could potentially have a huge impact on our health. But finding the perfect balance of colours is essential so you can avoid...

Winter is Coming!

In New Zealand the weather can change in the blink of an eye; and while it may be all beaches and sunshine at present, the next couple of months is ideal for doing a few things that will see you sitting pretty when the wet suddenly arrives.  GOTTA DO THE...

Black is the new black

Once there was a time when colour choice in bathroom waterware was everywhere; with avocado, shell pink, sunny yellow, dusky brown and baby blue liberally used across matching suites, often complemented by mosaic tiles in similar hues. Then those colours disappeared as stark white became the bathroom staple in basins,...

The Rise of the Floating Vanities

As a bathroom design element, floating vanities are certainly having their time in the sun. Wall mounted and suspended above floor level, they can have a significant impact in both small and large bathrooms by adding a sense of space. With this style of vanity it is better if the...

How to take colour outside

Outdoor furniture is not a frequent purchase, and if made from quality materials it can last for many years. But this longevity makes it an important decision. As always the best advice is to talk to someone who works with colour on a regular basis, as they can introduce you to possibilities...

Wood cabinetry is back in the kitchen

Kitchen cabinets are not just for storage. As the biggest outward facing surface area, those kitchen surfaces are also your best opportunity to make a bold design statement in the home. Seventies kitchen cabinetry had a love affair with wood; usually a honey spice or dark walnut stain, raised panel...

Bathroom Trends 2018

We know that the bathroom is always a key renovation feature of any home; if you’re looking to renovate yours this year, then we’ve got five key trends to keep in mind when putting your budget and plans together! 1) Mirrored focus The old bathroom mirror has finally shifted from...

Kitchen Trends 2018

Thinking of renovating your kitchen in 2018 but don’t know what’s on trend?  Don’t worry!  We’ve done the legwork for you below, so you can pick and choose what may work in with your plans.  See something you like?  Then don’t forget to bring it up with one of the...

Project Renovation Starts Now

It’s easy to think that the best time to work on a summer project is in summer; but if you’re wanting to have your stunning entertainer’s backyard paradise ready to use on Christmas Day then the best time to start planning is NOW. Let the Canterbury Home Show help you make...