Prepare for your visit
Learn more about what happens at a Gallery appointment, so you'll be ready to start choosing colours, tiles and more.
Before your appointment
We understand that everyone's different, and depending how much research you've done, you may need more or less time at Simonds Gallery. Our expert interior design consultants will be there to guide you, showing you a range of options and answering any questions you may have.
Before your appointment, we recommend doing some research so that you come on the day ready, brimming with ideas. That way it'll be easier for our consultants to help understand your overall vision.
Why not prepare with some of the following:
- Use our online visualiser
- Visit a display centre
- Start a Pinterest board
- Look through architecture and home design magazines and websites
- Collect samples of laminates, fabric and other materials you like
- Bring in paint colours swatches from your local hardware store
Your Gallery appointment can last for up to a full day. It is split into three different selection appointments: colour, electrical and tiles.
Your colour appointment
This appointment runs for approximately three hours.
You'll choose and finalise all selections concerning your home's interior and exterior. A qualified colour consultant will help you make these decisions, and let you know your options for upgrading or making changes.
Interior selections include:
- Basins, sinks and taps
- Window furnishings
Exterior selections include:
- Garage door
Your electrical appointment
You will spend approximately two hours in your electrical appointment.
A dedicated consultant will oversee your home's electrical fittings. They'll work with you to create a plan of exactly what you want. This includes power points, lights and light switches, TV, data and phone point locations, and any other electrical options such as heating and cooling, alarms, ducted vacuum and home theatre.
We suggest marking up a copy of your floor plan before the appointment so you're confident about the placement of everything electrical.
Your tiles appointment
This appointment runs for approximately two hours. At your appointment, our dedicated consultants will take you through a range of tile colours, textures and sizes.
Before coming in, you should think about floor tiles, wall tiles, borders and feature products as you'll be able to choose from a range of ceramic, glazed porcelain and fully vitrified porcelain tiles.
Defining the style of your home
Knowing the style you like will help you make the right choices that create your dream home. We've put together some style tips and advice to help you set your design direction.
Classic style tips:
A classic style mixes strong balances of texture, colour and pattern, with timeless furniture and antiques. It’s one you can slowly build on as the years go by in your new home. A classically driven look stands the test of time.
- Classic is all in the details like skirtings and architraves, deep ornate cornices and room symmetry
- Use oversized table lamps and pendant lighting features in living areas
- Layer delicate furniture with feminine lines, tapered legs and a neutral palette, with throws and ample cushions for texture
- French oak timber floors, parquetry and large format tiles are all great options for the main flooring
- Walls are to be fresh in white or a soft contrast grey to keep that classic feel
- Be sure to keep the same finish on your cabinetry handles as your door hardware and furniture details
Urban style tips:
An urban style lends itself nicely to open plan living where spaces are multi-functional and of course, spacious. The style merges a modern look with a relaxed, bohemian feel created by touches of concrete and timber, unfinished surfaces and additions of modern home decor.
- Flooring should feature either a concrete look or aged timber
- Add splashes of black or metallic finishes to lift the modern element
- Choose black framed windows to create drama
- Bed bases may be low to the floor with other decorative pieces dotted around to create interest
- Be bold and add splashes of colour with statement artwork, books and cushions
- Urban is about open plan living so create a connection between adjacent spaces, for example, use a feature colour from an artwork as the colour of a dining chair or splashback
Nordic style tips:
The nordic style is characterised by white palettes, light timbers and natural fabrics. It’s designed to look as functional as it is understated and works well in open plan spaces where natural light is celebrated and pops of colour are used sparingly yet purposefully to create interest.
- Stick to a natural materials palette such as wood, leather, hemp and linen
- Keep your walls neutral with white or cool grey base colours
- Wood can feature on multiple surfaces such as wall cladding, flooring and furniture
- Keep timber floors light to blonde to unify your spaces and reflect light
- Opt for a clean, 'less is more' approach
- Scale back on furnishings, instead adding texture with rugs and pillows
- Pendant lighting and occasional lamps are also signatures of Nordic style
- Use pops of colour, layering pastel or geometric shapes to add interest
Contemporary style tips:
Clean lines and simple colour palettes let the structural design become the feature of your home when it comes to contemporary interior design. Stay inspired as architectural design and artwork mix with modern finishes such as timber, black accents and natural colour materials.
- Medium timber tones create the core palette of the contemporary style
- Flooring works best in a large format, natural concrete inspired tile
- Warm white walls will coordinate with grey and are more inviting than a bold white
- Furniture should be of a similar tone to your cabinetry to minimise contrast
- Limit window treatments so that the outside can be brought back inside
- Choose black window frames to hero the outdoor scene
- Opt for simple pendant lighting
- Timber slabs used as a dining table or smaller pieces such as chopping boards will add subtle, stylish impact
Get in touch with us
Whether you’re ready to build your dream home, already building or just have a few questions, we're here to help.