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LOFT DESIGN

Master Suite

Adding on a roof room onto your house is a great way to make your space larger. Another great reason to get a roof room is that should increase the value of your home. Plus, a new loft master suite will give you a brand new space to start afresh. Exposed wooden beams are SO trendy. These will make your space look oh-so-pinterest worthy.

Sleeping Area

As attic or loft rooms tend to be quite small, light colours will help the space feel larger. White ceilings and walls will make the room feel less claustrophobic. Lower beds will take up less space in the room. A designated sleeping area will make the space feel cozy. White linen with layered blankets and pillows will contribute to a cozy space.

Bathroom Area

Loft rooms can often lack space. A compact bathroom need not feel small and cluttered. Skylights will help bring heaps of light into the space. Plus, when you bath or shower, you will be able to look up at the beautiful sky! Once again, lighter colours will make the space feel bigger. However, do not be afraid to add a few dark touches. This will add contrast and interest to the space.

Lounging

A master suite needs to ooze with comfort. Make sure to find the most comfortable seating you can. Add on throws, blankets and cushions. This will add character to the space. Low coffee tables and side tables make for extra storage. Rugs are important for comfort too.

Are you dreaming of having an exquisite loft room?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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COASTAL LIVING

It’s spring time here in sunny South Africa. Which means… Summer is just around the corner! Some of us are lucky enough to be able to live in a coastal region. This blog post will give you great ideas on how to brighten up your coastal home. If you love the style, but do not live anywhere near the sea, you can still have this beautiful style in your home.

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A small forewarning: This post may make you dream about being in these spaces!

Flooring

Flooring in a coastal home is very important. A floor covers such a large space, so it needs to be functional, yet beautiful. Beach homes often have hard flooring such as wood, tiles or even concrete. Fully carpeted floors in a living area is not a great idea, as sandy feet might dirty the carpets. Concrete and tiles are cold to the touch, which will help on those hot days. Wood look tiles are a great option as they are durable.

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Remember to have the floor as light as possible, as this will open the space and make it feel larger.

Ceilings

A ceiling can transform the look of your space. Light ceilings will make the space feel brighter and more airy. Beams bring in a coastal feel. Exposed wood beams bring texture into the space. Higher ceilings will help keep the space cooler, as hot air rises. Bamboo rods are a stunning way to bring a bit of the outdoors, in.

Light and Bright

White paint can help the space feel bright and airy. Darker colours absorb heat, whilst the white reflects it, which will help keep it cool. Accessories and decor can also be light, as this helps the space feel less cluttered.

Natural Elements

A big part of coastal living is incorporating natural elements inside. This will help add contrast to the space. Wicker and wood can be brought into accessories and furnishings. Indoor plants will bring colour into the space, and make a seamless break between the indoors and outdoors. Added benefit: You will feel like you are staying in tropical bliss!

There are various other ways of making your space look and feel like a coastal beach house.

Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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DULUX COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2019

Yes… we know what you are thinking… “Is it already that time of the year?” Well- yes it is! Dulux has officially released their colour of the year for 2019 and we are absolutely loving it! The colour is called Spiced Honey. “Spiced Honey is a warm amber tone, inspired by the beauty and versatility of honey itself. Spiced Honey can be soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant, depending on the palette you pair it with.” -DuluxUK

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We have put together a mood board for this vibrant colour. It pairs well with various other colours, especially neutral tones such as white and beige. Wood is a great texture to add with the Spiced Honey colour. This will create a warm and inviting space. We are getting some serious Autumn vibes… are you?

We have found a few of our FAVE images that make us think of Spiced Honey. Spiced Honey is sure to be seen all over in 2019. This colour could work well in any room of a house. Be it a bedroom, kitchen or living space.

Would you like your home to be trend-worthy in Spiced Honey?

Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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WALL ART

Admit it… we have all, at some point or another, been stuck with a pesky blank wall. Yet, have no idea what to do with it! Today in this blog post, we are showcasing some of our favourite wall art pieces. These will give you inspiration to full up those blank spaces on your walls. We will be showing you three forms of wall art, namely: painted, printed, and sculptural wall artwork.

Painted Art

Painted art can be a beautiful way of bringing colour and dimension into your space. These artworks can either be bought, or commissioned through an artist. When an artwork is commissioned, it can be done with your colour scheme and design in mind. The following artworks are great examples of canvas art used in a space.

Printed Art

Printed art can sometimes be more economically viable than painted artworks. With printed art, you can have any design printed onto paper or canvas. These can either be framed, or left as is. When hung on your wall, they will bring vibrance into your space, and add interest. Printed art can be photographs that you have taken yourself, or art bought online. Canvases can be made in just about any size. This will depend on your space, and your budget.

Sculptural Artwork

Sculptural artworks are different from painted or printed artworks, as they are 3-dimensional, and make use of positive and negative spaces. They can cast beautiful shadows, and can be made out of just about any material you desire. Brass and other metals have been used in the following artworks. Pottery has also been used. Once again, these sculptures can either be commissioned by an artist, done yourself, or bought. It is completely up to you. When lit from behind, the artworks cast beautiful light and shadows, making the wall completely different and vibrant.

Blank walls can often be difficult to fill. Let us help you.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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SHOWER DESIGN

There are so many different shapes and sizes in which you could build your shower. There are many different textures, colours and plumbing fittings available to choose from. In this week’s blog post, we will tackle both single and double showers. We might even show you a few different tiles and fittings you could use! Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

Single Shower Design

A warm, relaxing shower can often be a joy in one’s day, after a long day of work. The following single showers have made great use of their space. We love the different finishes and materials used throughout these inspiration images below.

Double Shower Design

A double shower is definitely on our list for a dream bathroom! They ooze with opulence and will definitely help save time during those rushed mornings! Here are some stunning examples of double showers that we envy.

Shower Fixtures

There are various kinds of fixtures you can buy. There are gold, black, rose gold, brass and your standard aluminium finishes. The fixture you choose will depend on the style of your bathroom. Here are some fabulous fixtures to draw inspiration from.

Tile Styles

There are SO many tiles to choose from. SO many styles! SO many colours. Tiles are the best material to use in a shower as they are waterproof. You may use many different types of tiles on the walls. However, the floor will need to have tiles that have a bit of a grip.

Your dream bathroom could be closer to reality than you might think!

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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OFF-SHUTTER

What is Off-shutter?

Off-shutter is a raw concrete look that is left after removing the shuttering that was used as a temporary structure to contain setting concrete. The most common shuttering are wooden planks. These planks are then removed, which leaves an imprint of its’ texture in the concrete. Off-shutter has become very popular in the interior design industry as of late. There are various places that this method can be used on the interiors.

Ceilings

Concrete ceilings can be more cost effective compared to other ceilings, as they will not need to be plastered, cladded or hidden. The rawness of the concrete off-shutter is the most sought after property of it. This will allow your ceilings to have more height, as there will not be a need for a dropped ceiling, which decreases the height of the room. Light fittings coming from the ceiling will bring out the texture in the concrete, making it a beautiful feature in your space.

Walls

Having off-shutter walls will most define try make a statement in your space. The rough, solid look is a bold feature, and depending on the look you would like to achieve, bringing in soft finishes such as fabric curtains will help soften the space a bit. If you are looking for an edgy, industrial look, off-shutters are the perfect finish for your walls.

Fireplaces

Using off-shutter in your fireplace can be less expensive than other cladding mediums. There will be no need to plaster, or clad your fireplace. This is also a great way to ensure your fireplace will be study and strong for all the years to come. Have a look at our Fireplace blog post to find some more fireplace inspiration.

Are you dreaming of having off-shutter in your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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CHILDREN’S ROOMS

 Designing a children’s bedroom may seem like a daunting task, however, the process can be fun and full of creativity. The space is perfect for letting your inner child and imagination free! This blog post will explore fun and quirky ways to design a children’s bedroom.

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Bunk Beds

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Bunk beds are a great way to utilise space in a bedroom. You can either have a double bunk bed with a mattress on the bottom level, as well as a mattress on the top level. Another great way to utilise space through the use of bunk beds is to have a mattress on the top level, and a different space on the bottom level. This could be a work space, a living space or even a play station. The same thing can be done where the mattress is on the bottom level, and the play space is above. The following images show some beautiful ways to introduce a bunk bed into a children’s bedroom.

If you would prefer to have a ‘standard’ bed for your child, or do not have any spacial constraints, there are so many designs out there. You could have a built in bead with headboard, or a freestanding bed. A poster bed or a canopy bed with drapes always make for a feature in a space.

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Here are some images of beds that your children are sure to love! Please remember that a bed always needs to be paired with beautiful linen. These include pillows, scatters, sheets, duvets and throws. These items will help soften the space, and are a great way to introduce patterns, colours and textures.

 Wallpaper

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When using wallpaper in a child’s bedroom, the possibilities are endless! There are so many patterns, colours and textures to choose from. Be careful to use wallpaper that is very immature, as your child is still growing, and may grow to dislike the wallpaper very quickly. Below are some beautiful examples of all sorts of wallpaper options to inspire you.

Learn and Play Area

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A learn and play area is a vital part of a child’s room. This will help them on their life’s journey. This space can be filled with toys, activities and learning materials. We have chosen some learn and play inspiration images that are sure to work in your child’s bedroom.

Storage

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One of the most vital elements in a children’s bedroom is storage… lots of storage. There are so many different storage types and spaces. From shelving, to cupboards and baskets. Storage lower to the ground is a great way to get children into a habit of putting away items once they have finished with them. Something too high will be way too difficult for them. Below are some fantastic ideas to use in your child’s bedroom.

We could help turn your child’s bedroom into a sanctuary.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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Office desk with colourful floral wallpaper feature wall

HILTON HOME OFFICE, A WOMAN’S SANCTUARY

This space, which was once a daughters bedroom, has been transformed into this gorgeous home office, I mean hello!

Can you say beautiful?

 

We removed the bed and built in cupboards, added some vibrant wallpaper to keep our client inspired daily and painted the walls a complimenting blue.

We introduced a comfortable seating area for reading and relaxing.

Before photos

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AN ENTERTAINING AFFAIR, HILTON HOME GETS A FACELIFT

Our work here in Hilton is done and my oh my, we are so pleased with the outcome!

In our clients words, “we didn’t like inviting friends around anymore and now we just love entertaining again”

Now that is what we like to hear!

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Our intention for this space was to be functional but easy going, fun and relaxing. Be it for sitting and reading a book in a cosy corner with a view or having the braai going whilst you have company over, emphasising the importance of a social environment.

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This space received a facelift with a fresh coat of paint, some decor changes and more importantly a thought out and functional layout. We incorporated a new bar area with wood storage for the braai area and seating. We introduced a pop of colour to compliment the natural elements of woven furniture and lighting as well as the gorgeous Nguni rugs.

Before photos

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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THE BEAUTY OF BLACK INTERIORS

Since black is not technically a colour… in this post, we will refer to it as an ‘unconventional colour’. Black, in the past has often been associated with many negative connotations. However, this is not the case anymore! If you are completely against the idea of black interiors… then we strongly suggest that you read this post. Who knows! It could end up changing your mind. If you are totally for black being used inside a space, but have no idea where to begin… then you have come to the right post. We will list some great ways to incorporate this ‘unconventional colour’ into your space. If you are on the fence about this matter… These stunning images might help you make up your mind.

 

Our first way to introduce black into a space would be:

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Painting your walls

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Painting your walls black is quite a bold move to make, and it will certainly make a statement. There are so many shades of black that you could use to suit your space. Different types of paint and paint techniques will also impact the colour.

Bring in the furniture!

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If painting your walls black is a bit too dramatic for you… Why not try bringing in some black furniture? Sofas, cupboards, beds and tables are all pieces that can help bring black into your space. Without, of course, being too overpowering.

Less black… more white

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If you would still love your space to be bright and airy… Bringing in hints of black, whilst keeping the room predominately white will do the trick. The following images are all great examples of how this can be achieved.

If you cannot live without some ‘conventional colours’ in your space… Do not click away yet!

 

Add in some colour!

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Now for those who say that black does not match any other colour… It may not ‘match‘ other colours in a conventional way. However, it surely does compliment many different colours. These next pictures include pops of colour with either a hint of black, or a predominately black space.

This may seem like a daunting task to do by yourself… but that is why we are here to help.

Contact us today for an enquiry and all your interior needs.

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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