If someone asked you to describe the look of your dream home, what would you say? We’ve compiled a glossary of terms and phrases that will give you the language you need to explain the look to your builder or architect.
The ultra-modern look is defined by the mantra “less is more.” Kristy from Inform Building explains that it’s essential not to over complicate a modernist design, and let the form of the building complement the materials that you work with.
Modern, uncomplicated, clean lines, open plan, geometric, flat/sloped roof, square, horizontal lines, vertical lines,
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An Extension of Self
This look is defined by thinking outside of the box. It’s about balance—creating an extension that contrasts the existing character of the home but also works in harmony with the original structure.
Contemporary, contrast, juxtaposition, balance, symmetrical, horizontal lines, transition, highlight
Scyon Stria, Scyon Axon, Scyon Matrix, Scyon Linea™, Brick, Timber
Abstract by Nature
For those who want to push the boundaries of design and experiment with abstract shaped, incongruous materials and wild pops of colour. This look ebbs on the wild side but requires clever design to ensure the varying elements work in harmony together.
Abstract, clash, contrast, angles, artistic, asymmetrical, contemporary, irregular shapes, disproportionate, central feature, opposing
Scyon Stria, Scyon Axon, Scyon Matrix, Scyon Linea, Metal, Found Materials
Similar to the Ultra-Modernist look but far more calculated, the challenge with Geometric Design is getting the right mix of materials to ensure the façade doesn’t look monolithic. It’s about using textures sparingly and focusing on shapes to add visual depth.
Geometric, square, rectangular, minimal, boxy, pared back, simple, uncomplicated, monolithic, lines, angles, symmetrical
Scyon Matrix, Scyon Axon, Scyon Syria, Scyon Linea, Render, Metal cladding, brick
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Creating an alfresco look requires a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. The look requires that materials be adaptable to an indoor or outdoor look—they need to be robust but also refined.
Indoor/outdoor, seamless transition, open, airy, light, spacious, casual, pared back, simple, horizontal lines, neutral colour palette
Scyon Axon, Scyon Stria, Scyon Linea, Render, Glass, Timber
The Born Entertainer look is about treating the outdoors as another room of your home. The look has to be bold but also timeless, and the materials need to be durable and able to stand the test of time.
Durability, outdoors, robust, versatile, long wearing, timeless, modern, warm, seamless transition, open.
Scyon Linea, Scyon Stria, Scyon Matrix, Scyon Axon, Timber, Plywood