AUSTRALIAN HARDWARE JOURNAL
| JUNE 2017
Architects with Michelle Tabet.
4. Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail. Project: Finan-
cial Services. Architecture firm/Organisation: Futurespace
5. Commercial Exterior. Project: North Bondi Amenities.
Architecture firm/Organisation: Sam Crawford Architects
6. International. Project: Antarctic Heritage Trust – Hillary’s
Hut. Architecture firm/Organisation: Antarctic Heritage
7. Single Residential Interior. Project: Footscray Apartment.
Architect firm/Organisation: BoardGrove Architects
8. Single Residential Exterior. Project: Burleigh Street House.
Architecture firm/Organisation: ME
9. Multi Residential Interior. Project: Coppin Street Apart-
ments. Architecture firm/Organisation: MUSK Architec-
10.Multi Residential Exterior. Project: RMIT Bundoora West
Student Accommodation. Architecture firm/Organisation:
Richard Middleton Architects
Scotts Europe and Australia go to
financial investor Exponent
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a globally active supplier
of consumer products for lawn and garden care, has con-
firmed that it has received an offer from Exponent Private
Equity LLP for the company's consumer division in Europe
"Subject to the outstanding regulatory approvals, we expect to
close the possible transaction in the third quarter of 2017," stated
a press release from the company.
According to media reports, the offer is in the order of
USD $250m. Depending on the country, the brands affected
in Europe are Roundup, Weedol, Pathclear, Evergreen,
Levington, Miracle-Gro, KB, Fertiligène, Substral, Osmocote
Bringing your customers’ homes to life
The trend for painting feature walls has evolved over the years
from just a single wall to a more dynamic injection on two or
three walls and, more recently, to less static use of colour. Using
paint for patterns and shapes is a relatively simple painting task
to take the interior of your customer’s homes to a whole new
level of impact, without having to paint entire rooms.
Moving beyond just flat colours, painted shapes can create
texture, movement and a talking point that is usually reserved
for artwork and wallpaper.
Shaynna Blaze, Taubmans’ Brand Ambassador, explains how
you can advise your customers on where and how to best use
“Every type of property can take advantage of this design
style by tailoring the choice of colours and finishes to suit. For
example, using stencils with a mix of flat and gloss in traditional
homes will give an effect of traditional ‘flocked’ wallpaper, but
ideally used in Taubman’s latest colours, such as Annapolis Blue
or Casino, to keep it relevant to today’s tastes. Any room can
take shapes and patterns, but you need to be aware of the inten-
sity of the colour and how many shapes and angles you put in a
room – sometimes less is more,” she said.
“Simple is always the way to go for bedrooms, nurseries and
main areas, so sticking to two or three colours is perfect, and
then keep the shapes to a simple repetitive pattern if you are
using stencils, and one or two major angles if you are doing lin-
ear shapes,” she said.
To help consumers navigate their way through the process,
Taubmans recently released a trio of ‘How to paint with shapes’
videos, each focussing on a different room including:
‘Ingredients for a delightful dining experience’ – http://www.taubmans.com.au/how-to/create-wall-stencils
Using a combination of matt and gloss paint creates a fun
and unique wallpaper look where your customers control the
outcome with the colour, size of the shapes and repeat of the
pattern, she said.
“This is perfect for dining rooms as it is bold without over-
whelming the space where you need to spend time, socialise and
gather around food. Bring the pattern to life using soft, indirect
lighting or even candlelight, so your wall can always be a great
talking point when other conversation runs dry,” Ms Blaze said.
If your customers are redecorating a children’s bedroom,
tell them the best way to help their children love their room is
let them take ownership and be part of the decorating process,
according to Ms Blaze.
“The experience should be fun and using shapes allows chil-
dren of all ages to go crazy with their imaginations. Let them
select the shapes and shades but try and limit the palette to no
more than three colours, so it’s fun but not overstimulating. If