Design and styling a display home

Wooloowin Display Home Living Space

Our interior design team are innovative and creative, designing and styling our displays as well as clients’ homes. Kim and Lisa, who head up our iD. department share on their process for our upcoming display in Manly, Queensland – The Boswell Boathouse.

Their involvement includes both the interior and exterior colour selections, as well as furnishings to style the display.


Once the drafting team finalises the first round of plans, Kim and Lisa work with Kalka Design team to select the exterior colours based on the façade design intent.

The exterior colour palette for the Boswell Boathouse has been inspired by the colour palate that typically mimics the Scandinavian summer houses—a sophisticated colour palette consisting of highly contrasting dark charcoal and white block colour elements. Timber accents such as the front door and decking to the balcony have been incorporated to balance and soften the palette.


Interior colour selection is a great passion at Kalka. This includes floor finishes, cabinetry colours, sanitary fittings and fixtures, appliances, door and door hardware, cabinetry layout and design, as well as feature lighting.

The interior colour palette has again drawn inspiration from the Scandinavian summer houses creating a dynamic yet relaxed feel, which complements the exterior facade and the open-plan design.

Kalka interior design colour scheme flat lay

The strong accents used externally have been mirrored internally through the cabinetry and wet area tiling. These are again balanced and softened with limewashed oak timber flooring and other oak timber accents throughout the home.

At Kalka, we believe that there is no need to upgrade the high quality inclusions in a Kalka home to produce a beautiful space, so the majority of inclusions for the Boswell Boathouse have been selected from our standard range.


The internal colour scheme and overall feel of the home sets the canvas for the styling. When styling a Kalka home, Kim and Lisa like to style our interiors to suit the overall intended theme and to complement the design of the home.

They start with the key items such as artwork, lounge seating and dining tables – and then select the remaining items and feature pieces that echo the theme and make a statement within a home. The furniture and styling items within the Boswell Boathouse include many shades of grey and texture to offset the strong colour palette and to create the intended relaxed, homely feel.

Planning of furniture and styling items is usually carried out alongside the colour selection process and carefully curated and purchased over 6 months leading up to the display home opening. The final week before the opening of the display home is when Kim and Lisa fit out and style the home in time for its reveal.