World of Style opens in Fortitude Valley

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 interior design trends00:35A new design centre has opened in Fortitude Valley that will help you decide exactly what finishes you want in your new home.The Porter Davis, World of Style centre aims to significantly change the time consuming and sometimes bewildering process of choosing a style for your home by providing the most up-to-date trends and looks all under one roof.Instead of visiting dozens of retailers and trying to visualise a cohesive and stylish finish, World of Style interior designers have done the work for you, compiling the best looks for you to peruse. These design styles are on display as they would appear in a home, so that buyers can get a real feel for what the inside of their home will look like upon completion.Porter Davis’ World of Style has opened at 358 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. Picture: Resort-style kitchenThe aim, according to World of Style senior designer, Randall Pye, is to make the whole home decorating process faster, easier and drama free.Pye said while it sounded simple in theory, once home buyers had to start making choices about paint colour, finishes and appliances it could quickly become an overwhelming task.“The process is a really difficult process for clients,” he said.“We ask people who are not experts in interior design to pick their house from top to bottom, from colours and stone to tiles and carpet, and they don’t always have those skills.”The qualified interior designers at World of Style will help you choose colour schemes, fittings and finishes for your new home. Picture: World of Style, Fortitude ValleyAll of the World of Style staff at 358 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, are qualified interior designers.A lot of thought was put into exactly what needed to go into the centre, as well as where it would be.“The building has a nice feeling, a bit of history, a bit of architecture about it. It is on a really visible corner and close to public transport, the train station is out the back and it is close to James Street,” Pye said.“It is a bustling area and a growing design hub,” he said. “We are hoping that we will form part of the space emerging as a bit of a go-to place for design.”There was a a lot of consideration when it came to choosing what would be displayed at World of Style. Picture: Walk-in pantry from one of Porter Davis’ Resort kitchensThe World of Style concept started in Melbourne about 15 years ago at a time when many display homes had a fairly similar look and were, at times, poorly furnished..“We started trying to individualise our display homes and make them feel a bit different and unique so that as clients went through them they had a different experience in every display,” Pye said.World of Style has evolved as a separate entity that home buyers can visit to see what finishes and fittings they want in their homes. This includes having actual kitchens on display rather than just rows of appliances and tapware on shelving.“It became more of an experience centre than a showroom,” Pye said.At World of Style you can explore entire kitchens and bathrooms, rather than individual tiles and tapware. Picture: Contemporary bathroom“The biggest benefit of the space is that people can see what their house could be. Instead of walking into a major retailer and seeing a rack of ovens lined up side by side, we actually put a series of ovens in situ.“We are just trying to demonstrate different looks and feels and excite people. I think World of Style gives people an opportunity to refine what they want and makes the process a lot simpler.”Pye said home buyers could look at one of the Porter Davis themes and then receive advice from their interior designers about what colours schemes and appliances went best with them.“What we are trying to do is show people what we know works and what we know is popular.World of Style is about creating an immersive design experience for customers before building their dream home. Picture: Classic kitchen on display“It is a happy blend of getting what’s on trend and making sure you are showing people what’s fresh and new; we try to change out the space every couple of years and update the product.”Pye said his advice to homebuyers was to get into World of Style as soon as a Porter Davis home was on their radar.The World of Style centre will be open seven days a week, from 9am-5pm weekdays and 10am-3pm on weekends.last_img

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