Before the renovations
Earlier this year I was engaged on a project to assist with an update of a 3 bedroom single storey red brick home. The home hadn’t been touched in over 20 years so the main living areas were feeling tired and dated. There were cream walls and yellow timberwork absorbing any light that came into the rooms and too much red toned timber furniture. The lounge and dining room were separated by walls and an archway leading into the kitchen. The rooms felt small and dark and weren’t functioning well for my client, they basically lived in the small kitchen area.
My client wanted to use the whole space, moving the TV and seating area out of the kitchen and to open up the walls to achieve a bright and spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area. We also found some space to build in a home office!
The client wanted a contemporary home with a touch of tradition as we were working in some existing pieces of furniture such as sofa’s and a dining table.
Finishes and main features
We decided on classic white cabinetry with black stone to create some contrast. To tie in with the benchtops we brought in black pendant lights in the kitchen and black bar stools. The same style cabinetry was carried through into the lounge room and home office area. We brightened the walls with a warm beige colour, and added in black and beige blinds for privacy and decoration. We changed up the dining chairs for something fabric and lighter to remove more of that timber, and added in new rugs, coffee table and side tables, accent lighting, occasional chair and of course artwork and cushions.
The results were striking, by removing the 3 walls in the middle of the rooms this had a dramatic effect on the overall flow, feeling of spaciousness and light that could travel around the room. By adding in the kitchen island and floor to ceiling pantry storage opposite my client has all the storage she needs. She says that it’s now a delight to cook in this kitchen! And with a few finishing touches such as furnishings and artwork the whole space looks cohesive and up to date.
Furnishing and finishes sourced through: JLK Kitchens for all cabinetry, The Rug Collection, Shack, Freedom and Globe West for furnishings and the Designer Boys for the artwork. The fabrics for the cushions were Warwick.