Exploring Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

Exploring Pantone Colour of the Year 2019: Living Coral

“I hate orange.”, there, I said it! I’m not overly fond of red either. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love colours but there is something inside of me that evokes anger when I see these colours en masse – I must have had a bad experience in my previous life. 

However, there is something about the middle ground of all three colours that captures my attention. Needless to say that when the folk at Pantone  released their colour forecast for 2019, you could say I was peachy keen to see more! 

Who is Pantone you ask? Pantone is a unique colour system that is used in design industries. Each year they analyse global trends across lifestyle, technologies, socio-economic conditions, among other matters, then they to deliberate on the colours we are going to see more of in the year ahead and ways you can apply it with complimentary colour palettes.

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.

— Pantone

With an epicurean headline like that, what is not to love?! You’ll see Living Coral coming through in 2019 with graphic design, fashion, home and interiors. Can’t wait? I’ve had fun scouting around to discover how you can get it right now…

living coral in your HOME

Painted light fittings and chairs to accent a navy blue kitchen. Laminex melamine in Persimmon accompanied with Red Cedar timber. Dulux paint in Retro Disco. Coral and brass kitchen – a warming winning combination. 

living coral in your kitchen

Summery peach cocktails. Fresh flowers courtesy of Brær. Fresh fruit.

travel to living coral

Hawa Mahal – “Palace of Winds” Jaipur, India. Pink Lake Hillier, Western Australia. The vibrant colours of homes in Notting Hill, London. Chasing sunsets. 

All images can be found and are credited via our Pinterest board.

Review: Rubio Monocoat Eco-Friendly Furniture Oils

Review: Rubio Monocoat Eco-Friendly Furniture Oils

Thank you for purchasing our timber products and we hope you enjoy your piece of fine furniture for years to come. To ensure your pieces always look their best we’ve summarised the benefits and care information for our new favourite furniture oil, Oil Plus 2C by Rubio Monocoat (RMC). 

Laurent is loving RMC as it is:

  • Easy to apply with just one coat;
  • Technology-rich and eco-friendly;
  • Water-resistant – ideal for kitchens and bathrooms;
  • Hard-wearing – you can use it on floor boards;
  • Gives brilliant results; and
  • Suitable for most of our solid wood, veneer and MDF products. Has a choice of 40 colours, 14 pre-colours which can be layered up, plus they have annual releases of trending colour palettes

It is a two-part product which combines a linseed-based oil and accelerator together at time of application for quick fast-curing results. Previously we used a varnish that would have to dry in two layers overnight with a light sanding in between. RMC, of course, is a much faster option to get your project completed.

Playing with pre-colours
Oil Plus 2C by Rubio Monocoat
"Pure" applied to Oak Timber

We have most likely used the colour “Pure” which is un-tinted to allow the natural colours of your furniture to speak for itself.

Please take the time to read our maintenance tips below

Upon arrival or installation, please check with Laurent when the Rubio Monocoat was applied. You will need to adhere to the following times which come into effect from the time RMC is applied in our workshop:

  • The curing (drying/hardening) process is 80% dry in two days.
  • You will be safe to start leaving items on your furniture and benchtops safely on the third day.
  • Days 1-5 do not get wet. Pat dry any wet spots immediately.
  • After five days, the surface can be cleaned with water and RMC Soap.

Ongoing maintenance of Rubio Monocoat 

It is recommend that RMC is maintained with their own cleaning products. A worthy recommendation because they: 

  • Are developed to work with their own products;
  • Are pH neutral – remember this is an oil-based product so can’t use heavy cleaning products that strip out the oils; 
  • Are concentrated so you’ll get a lot of doses out of them; 
  • Continue to be an eco-friendly product; and
  • May avoid any warranty issues down the line.

Cleaning and maintenance products

  • Soap — concentrate to dilute in a bucket of water, ideal for floors
  • Surface Care — convenient spray bottle, ideal for smaller surfaces
  • Stain Removers
    • Limespot — lime stains and other alkaline stains, e.g. urine, fertilisers, rust, radiator water, etc. Also: white rings
    • Grease — olive oil, frying oil, crisps, oil, etc. Also: heel marks and floor polish on floors
    • Tannin — black/tannin stains e.g. rings/stains from cans, flower pots, tea/coffee, etc.
  • Refresh Eco — restores services
  • Universal Maintenance Oil  — a neutral-coloured oil ideal for top ups

More can be read about these products here.

Top tips

  • Clean maximum once a week with RMC Soap or RMC Surface Care. Cleaning too often or with too
    much RMC Soap or RMC Surface Care may leave a thin layer on the surface, which dirt and dust may
    adhere to.
  • Do not leave any water on the surface, a damp-clean is sufficient. Do not leave things on counter until it is completely dry.
  • The best working method is with two buckets: one with the soap mixture and one with clean water to
    rinse the dirt out of the mop or sponge — “wax on, wax off” said Mr Miyagi to Daniel-san.
  • If stains have penetrated wood too deeply, the spot can be cleaned, sanded, vacuumed, then re-oiled with Oil Plus in your original matching colour (without the hardener part)
  • After a treatment with RMC Stain Removers, you may need to apply some oil in the original colour on the spot.

For your convenience, please download a copy of Rubio Monocoat’s Interior Maintenance Guide

Additional product information

We discovered Rubio Monocoat through recommendation with Deb at Painted Earth, Byron Bay. If you would like to pick up your own products, please drop by the shop or call on +612 6685 7522.

The article has been written based entirely on our own opinions. Where applicable, additional technical information has been gathered from Rubio Monocoat’s website.

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Design Service

Design Service

Design Service

Our directors, Thomas and Laurent, pride themselves on precision, details and problem-solving. These fine skills have been honed and ingrained during their eight respective years of training for their master craftsmen diplomas at prestigious French tradesman guild, Les Compagnons du Devoir. As a company we always endeavour to create the highest of standards for our clients’ needs. Ensuring we get our client’s design accurate and agreed upon prior to commencing manufacturing is paramount. Arriving at a detailed quote or estimate is no exception to this. It is ensures both our and our clients’ expectations are met especially when it comes to investing in a custom piece of fine furniture. We are able to assist you with: CAD drawings, research, engineering, creative collaboration, and prototyping, then we can take it through to small-medium sized production work if you desire. This service is available across any of our wood, metal and commercial works and it includes:

  • a dedicated two-hour planning session with one of our Directors to discuss your design needs (by appointment);
  • 2D and 3D drawings to keep (see example below);
  • technical advice including materials and hardware selection; and
  • accurate quote.
This design service starts from $390 incl GST and the service fees are redeemable upon confirming you would like us to proceed with this same product. Further work that exceeds the allocated time may be charged on an hourly basis.

To get the process started, we need you to send us:

  • your measurements;
  • listed of desired materials to use (types of wood/metal/glass/etc.);
  • any inspiring pictures; and/or
  • hand sketches of your own ideas.

Check out our Pinterest page for a flavour of our work and other ideas.

Ready to get started? Please send us an email

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Kitchen & Cabinetry Design Choices

Kitchen & Cabinetry Design Choices

Kitchen & Cabinetry Design Choices

Ah new cabinets! They are probably the favourite area of any new home owners and renovators. Even the most novice of cooks boiling the kettle to the French chef serving up dégustation for a table full of friends can all appreciate the crispness of a new kitchen.

These days kitchens are a space for more than just slaving away in a secluded room over a hot stove as most are now built in an open plan room that spills out to the dining and lounge areas. In recent years we are seeing more clever ideas like continuing the kitchen through to the adjacent veranda for entertaining and an outdoor BBQ kitchen with innovative alfresco cabinetry products. Laundries that are located next to kitchens are being converted in to butler’s pantry to hide the utilitarian aspects of a kitchen while still retaining the function of laundry which makes for a more flexible storage area that works harder in your busy life.

alfresco kitchen design mullumbimby

Transition your indoor living outdoors with innovative alfresco products. Photo credit: Caesarstone

Kitchens have also become the new central area for the family. As everyone’s lives are going paperless it means some of our clever customers are wanting to swap out the home office room to a guest bedroom but at the same time adding in a study nook next to the kitchen so they can still keep an eye on the kids doing their homework, or use it as a technology station for that new Google Home device Santa gave them last Christmas.

While the dream home generating site, Pinterest, has an amazing array of sexy cabinetry styles, colour palettes, textures and layouts, sometimes it is hard to know exactly what is practical for you and where you need to get started. That’s where we love to help you turn your dreams into a reality as our work is custom made using products that are compliant to Australian Standards and what your exact needs are.

To get you started on an estimate we need to get the following information from you… and to make it super easy you can downloadable this printable checklist, fill it in, then email it back to us to get the process started. To kick-start this, please also read the list of materials below as it has handy reference imagery and links through to some of our suppliers. 


Doors/drawer fronts and end-panels

Laminate products have come an incredibly long way. In the 70’s we saw Burnt Orange, 80’s Salmon Pink through to 90’s Cream. In 2018 we are seeing lots of greys, monochrome, and vibrant pops of colour. Our suppliers constantly bring out new stylish products to keep up with global trends. Technology has also seen some of these suppliers bringing in some finishes with anti-fingerprint technology through to realistic laminate boards in concrete and rustic timber looks but at a fraction of the price when comparing the real deal. If your style is classical, you may like to opt for doors in your own shape or bespoke colours with 2 pack paint and routered doors (aka shaker or farmhouse doors). Of course, there is also timber in solid or veneer which is available in a range of grain-cuts and timber species. Below is a list of options ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices**.

kitchen design

L-R: Laminate; MDF routered doors with 2 pack paint; plain MDF with 2 pack paint; timber veneer; solid timber

Drawer runners and hinges

Our cabinetry hinges are made and engineered by Blum in Germany and hold a lifetime warranty. To learn more about the full range of Blum products click here.

The Legrabox is a product we are working toward with our future customers as the significant reduction of man hours to construct each box is offset by the quickly assembled system.


Blum hardware product options summary graphic


Choose any combination of these functional and stylish designs.

kitchen design byron bay

L-R: touch to open, some of the few knob and handle choices, and a mitre-cut finger pull

Bench tops

Laminate bench tops can be a cost effective option for the budget conscious home owner, however as the market for engineered stone grows, prices have become more competitive. With eco-friendly living high on the Norther Rivers’ agenda, locals may prefer a solid timber bench top sourced from a neighbouring mill. Below is a list of options, ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices*.

Kick board colour

  • Brushed aluminium (most popular)
  • Black
  • Colour-matched to your cabinetry

Those special touches

It’s nice to have those special extras to add a bit of luxury to your home and some are more affordable than you may think

  • Integrated appliances or sinks
  • Integrated lighting along kick boards, splash backs or inside cupboards or pantries
  • Integrated vacuum cleaners
  • Corner cupboard carousel systems
  • Mini bar features, e.g., wine rack, glassware brackets, drinks fridge
  • Waste or storage bins
  • Spice racks
  • Drawer organisation partitions

kitchen design min bar polytec

These clever cookies opted for a mini bar instead of a breakfast bar under the island bench top

Finishing your room

We do not supply these items but choosing the below before you get started on your cabinetry design may make your decisions much easier

  • Appliances
  • Splash backs
  • Sink/tapware
  • Lighting
  • Wall/ceiling paint
  • Flooring
  • Seats and stools
  • Windows
If you would like to come down to our office to inspect product samples, please call us on 02 6684 2821 to arrange a time.

To learn more about Product Warranties and Maintenance click here.


So tell us, what does your dream kitchen look like? Leave a comment below.


* Please read the Blum product information to get a full understanding of warranties.

** Subject to final plans/requirements.