Domain - Understanding the different types of paint and how to use them - March 2017

Green and indigo blue will be popular, as well as bursts of colour such as yellow and watermelon,” says interior designer and stylist Karen Akers.

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HOMELIFE - A holiday home away from home on the NSW Central Coast - February 2017

An apartment on NSW's Central Coast is given a fresh, modern makeover for an expat family.

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HOMELIFE - 21 ideas to steal for your renovation: February 2017

Sydney interior designer Karen Akers' trick to achieving a high-end finish in bathrooms? Choose tiles that create texture and depth.

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Inside Out Magazine - 9 Top Tips on How to Fake More Space: December 2016

Creating the illusion of space is simple. No magic wand required - we share the style secrets that will help you create a mega look with little effort.

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SMH Domain - How to design an amazing room for kids: 9th October 2015

Karen Akers, principal at Designed by Karen Akers, suggests injecting colour, personality and fun to the room by painting the ceiling, or even painting all four walls different colours. "Take it further – wall stickers are an easy way to add interest to your room. Install a large wall map or perhaps gold dots on the ceiling and or walls!" she says.

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The Block - Guest Room Feature: 21st September 2015

As far as bedroom trends are concerned, look no further than texture to create a luxe environment. "For the past few years and currently, the trend for bedroom design is using natural and textured elements. These elements, when executed well, are both restful and timeless," says Akers.

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SMH RealEstate News - How to pick the perfect white paint: 16th June 2015

"Interior designer and stylist Karen Akers of Designed by Karen Akers says using high-gloss paint on the woodwork in the same colour as the walls is another way to highlight elaborate architectural features in a white room." Also consider how the flooring will appear against the walls. "Kauri pine floorboards throw a lot of yellow, terracotta tiles throw orange and polished marble can be very reflective," Akers says.

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AFR Realestate: 29th May 2015

"Sydney-based interior designer Karen Akers said people were naturally competitive about their homes. "There's always been a bit of rivalry between who can have the most beautiful home and Airbnb is a new avenue to express this," she said."

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NineMSN Reno Hacks - Awesome renovation hacks to make life easier: 24th April 2015

Sydney-based interior designer Karen Akers has been in the business for 18 years and knows that all the benefits of life in the big city can also come with a lack of space. That's why she recommends creating as much storage as possible "to clear your head for ease of living." Maybe that involves converting space off the laundry or kitchen for school bags, shoes, umbrellas and other nick knacks using wall hooks and a bench with lift-up storage, she says. These space-savers will stop the family tripping over things in the morning and make getting out of the house considerably faster.

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The Daily Telegraph Realestate - How to live with the in-laws: 20th February 2015

"Sydney interior designer Karen Akers says flexibility in housing layouts is key. In many of these situations, you will find the common or shared areas are the kitchen and the outdoor spaces," she says. "The living and sleeping quarters is where you will crave some privacy so having rooms which are flexible and multifunctional is important. For example, a study which can become a bedroom, or a playroom that can be made into a second lounge room is good."

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Dulux Colour Awards - Single Residential Interior Finalist: 2014

For the last 29 years, Dulux has recognised inspirational thinking in the industry. The work of influential architects and designers from Australasia is judged by an esteemed panel of design leaders, providing an inspirational showcase of colour in the built environment. Karen Akers was chosen as a finalist for her project "The Stables".

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The Home Journal - The Abbey: 10th April 2014

"If you are at all a fan of the British renovation show, Grand Designs, then this Annandale conversion is sure to interest you. From the impressive grand hallway to the large stained-glass windows and sandstone facades, the building is truly an historic architectural beauty. Sydney based interior designer Karen Akers has over 18 years experience working in residential design and decorating. Of her entire creative portfolio, I always come back to this project, The Abbey, for inspiration and motivation when I'm thinking about combinations of the old and the new in design."

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SMH Domain: 18th January 2014

"It's a fine line and it requires an educated restraint to transform heritage interiors from moribund museum pieces to spaces set up for modern lifestyles."

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Inside Living: 12th December 2013

"Designed by interior designer Karen Akers, this beautifully converted bowling club in Sydney's South Coast recently won the 2013 Sydney Design Awards in the Interior Decoration category. The casually elegant family home features a restrained palette of white, grey and blue, and plenty of natural elements."

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The Style Index: 17th October 2013

"It's winner's day today and first to be congratulated is Karen Akers. The interior designer won the top award in the Interior Decoration category at the 2013 Sydney Design Awards event, held last night at Sydney's Beresford Hotel, for her graceful decorating style in the conversion of a bowling clubhouse into a homey beach house. Tucked away in the dunes of Gerroa beach, south of Sydney, the house has a restrained palette of greys and whites, warmed by the natural hues of timber floors and furniture."

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Desire to Inspire: Beach House Beauty - 3rd September 2013

"The quintessential Aussie dream brought to life by interior designer Karen Akers. A place for family and friends to come together and celebrate summer. Once an old bowling club house that had been moved by previous owners to the dunes of Gerroa beach on the New South Wales coastline, the decision was made to renovate not demolish. No beachside McMansion this. No, Karen has created a casually elegant family home with a sense of place and style. And the view!"

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Jardan: Gerroa Beach House - 26th August 2013

"This beautifully converted bowling club house is nestled on the dunes of Gerroa beach on the New South Wales coastline. Designed by Karen Akers this stunning family home is complemented with our Nook modular sofa and is a worthy nominee for the 2013 Sydney Design Awards".

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idh (in a designer home): Interview with Karen Akers - 27th June 2013

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Desire to Inspire: More from Karen Akers - 25th April 2013

"Just a few more houses from Sydney interior designer Karen Akers. The first, in Roseville, is a finalist in the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards. The second, in Gladsville, made the same finals in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards as well. Traditional and contemporary. Light, bright and colourful. Joyful, fun and fab."

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Jardan: Man Cave - 7th February 2013

"This residential project features strong nautical aesthetic and breath-taking views overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Designed by Karen Akers, the masculine interior is complemented with our Enzo sofa and Iko Iko chair."

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