Anna lives and breathes design, specialising in assisting customers with their joinery colour selections. You’ve asked your questions and now they’re presented to you through mini episodes for you to watch and learn from.
Episode 1: Any suggestions on where to start?
Whether you’re renovating or building a new home, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with ideas. In the first episode of series 2 of Ask an Expert, Anna gives you suggestions on where to find inspiration.
A great place to start for inspiration is the polytec website. You can go to the Inspiration section where you will find Mood Boards, Flat Lays, and Collections to view colour schemes that work well together. You can also view the Gallery and Projects section where you will see polytec products used in a finished application. To find more information on polytec's products, you can download a brochure.
Another helpful tool in helping to gather ideas is Pinterest and Instagram. polytec has hundreds of inspirational boards and images to get you started. polytec offer free colour samples, which can be ordered online, to give you a true indication of the finish, feel, and colour in your own home.
Episode 2: How to create a mood board?
A mood board is a collection of design elements such as samples, images, and materials, which allows you to visualise and to see what works. Mood boards are an essential step in establishing a clear creative direction, allowing you to experiment with different elements that you want to incorporate into your space and visualising how these materials interact together before the project begins.
Anna takes you through this process in episode 2 of Ask an Expert and also points out that it's important to consider other materials and lighting in your own home.
Another way to find inspiration is by visiting display homes such as The Catalina by Newport Homes, which is displayed in this episode. Notaio Walnut Woodmatt has been applied in the kitchen, bathrooms, wardrobe, study, entertainment area, and alfresco. Black Venette and Bespoke Legato have also been used in the kitchen.
Episode 3: What is the difference between products?
Have you ever wanted to know the difference between polytec's products? In this episode of Ask an Expert, Anna explains Melamine, Thermolaminated, and laminate, whilst also giving examples of how each of these products can be used.
Laminate is used for large horizontal applications such as benchtops, and can also be used for curved joinery.
Episode 4: Which white to choose?
If you’re wondering which white to choose, polytec have a white for every project.
When choosing a white, consider the undertones. All whites have a cool or warm undertone. Some examples of cool whites are Polar White and Aston White. For warm whites, you have Classic White and White Cotton.
Some of polytec’s popular whites are Aston White, Gossamer White, and Blossom White. Gossamer White has a beige undertone, working really well in warm environments. On the hand, Blossom White is a chameleon, meaning it can work in both warm and cool projects. Or for a cool undertone, Aston White is a great choice.
When choosing a white, consider other materials you’re using in your project and look at the undertones. Also think about the lighting you’ll be using within your home as this can affect the way a certain colour looks. You can order free samples online, look at them in your environment, and make your own mood boards to find the perfect white for your project.
Episode 5: How to chose two tone colours for a kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of any home, and choosing the right polytec colour scheme can greatly impact its overall aesthetic and longevity. One way to achieve this is by choosing a two-toned coloured kitchen. By combining two or even three complementary hues, you can achieve a visually appealing and dynamic space. However, to ensure a cohesive look that stands the test of time, a thoughtful approach is necessary. Here are some tips to guide you in selecting the perfect polytec two-toned colour kitchen while maintaining longevity.
Balance and Proportion: Maintain a sense of balance by distributing the colours proportionately throughout the kitchen. Avoid overpowering one colour over the other. Doors, benchtops, backsplashes, and panels are all areas to consider when determining colour distribution. polytec have an extensive range of colours and finishes for every home and inspirational mood boards and flat lays, along with a designer curated collection to make your choice a little easier.
Timeless Appeal: To ensure longevity, opt for classic colours that won't feel outdated quickly. Neutral shades such as Aston White paired with Mercurio Grey and Boston Oak look effortlessly timeless or try Oyster Grey paired with Angora Oak and Empire Oak for little drama.
Lighting Considerations: Take into account the natural and artificial lighting in your kitchen. Some colours may appear differently under various lighting conditions. Pick up some polytec samples through our Selection Studios or order up to 9 polytec samples online. Test your chosen colour scheme under different light sources to ensure consistency and avoid any surprises.
Consider Your Space: Keep in mind the size and layout of your kitchen. Lighter tones can make a smaller space appear more expansive, while darker hues can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere in larger kitchens.
Episode 6: How to bring it all together?
Once you have your all of your ideas together for your kitchen, such as your your mood board, materials, finishes and colour pallet, it can be hard to know what the next steps are in bringing all of this research and information together and putting a plan in place to continue this look throughout the rest of your home
You can use the polytec colours you have chosen for almost any joinery application through your home. This can include bathroom and laundry vanities, entertainment unit surrounds and living space storage and shelving or study nook and office fit outs. It can also be applied to bedroom wardrobes and bedheads, wall panelling or alfresco areas.
You can also use a single feature colour throughout your home or use different tones and use the same door profiles throughout to give the spaces consistency.