Using Australian Colour — Third Edition

Reinvented for its third edition, Using Australian Colour demonstrates how our design practice deduces quintessentially Australian colour palettes from varied sources of inspiration, delivering our expert knowledge and philosophy to a worldwide design audience.

With engaging graphic interpretations and a visual language to respond to each of the seven key colours and supporting poetry, the publication is a dynamic and inspiring celebration of the landscape and beauty surrounding us.

Equally successful in both print and digital (iBook) platforms, Using Australian Colour is the perfect source book for designers, homeowners, students, developers, manufacturers and artists.

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Using Australian Colour — Second Edition

Featuring over 300 colour swatches of complementing shades organised into colour families,
this is an
invaluable tool to help you with selecting colour schemes for the rooms in your house.

Inspirational and practical, Using Australian Colour is the perfect source for designers, students,
DIY homemakers, property developers and manufacturers.

Using Australian Colour is published by Hardie Grant Books (2002, 2007, 2013).

First and second editions sold out.



Inside was published in 1997 in hardcover and again in 1998 in softcover, with 12,500 copies sold in Australia. The book was on “The Age” best seller list for over 10 weeks and received considerable publicity.Inside is published by Allen & Unwin (1997, 1998)

First edition sold out. Second edition limited copies available.


The Making of a House

The Making of a House takes you on a journey through a typical house, from first impressions at the front door, and then through each room for ideas on how to simulate effects and put together a theme. The result is comfortable rooms that are well lived in.

As designers, Janne and Harley are aware that no two families share the same requirements, so the book offers a range of possible options for decoration and design. Though different, the philosophy of each is the same: your ideas and personality must shine through. Forget the rules, and think about how you want to use the rooms: is it for work, sanctuary, family or a combination?

The Making of a House is published by Hardie Grant Books (2003, 2005)
First and second editions sold out.



Good designers listen to and learn from their clients so they can interpret their brief in the best possible way. A great designer takes all the client’s needs on board and inspires them with a design the client could only dream about.

This is a high quality, practical interior design book, which takes its inspiration from the themes and moods of the Australian landscape. It also includes beautiful photographs of Nexus Designs interiors, with the story of how that particular design solution evolved, as well as hints and tips to creating your own stunning interiors.

Living is published by Allen & Unwin (2006)
Limited copies available.