MINIMALIST DESIGN

Minimalism often has a sterile connotation to it. But real minimalist design can be beautiful if done correctly.

Minimalist design is simple, sophisticated, uncluttered and mostly monochromatic. Colour would be used as accents as opposed to features. Minimalist design utilises open plan living spaces. This allows light to spread through the areas freely. This creates an even uninterrupted feeling through the space.

True minimalism will not only ensure a comfortable, clean feel but will highlight the true nature of the architecture around it as there are not many distractions. Often it is used in spaces that are architecturally interesting as this way the building gets the attention that is deserves.

 

Minimalist homes can be simple and well designed, not boring. In kitchens it is as simple as taking the built in cupboard fittings to the ceiling allowing an uninterrupted view as well as utilising the space to its fullest. In a living room we then have the opportunity to pick out good comfortable furniture, that allows us what we need in a space. As opposed to all the added knick-knacks that we would ordinarily buy, to make a space feel fuller.

Theses solutions are functional and are the essence of what we need. Having a well design minimalist space allows us to truly make things stand out where they need to.

 

Minimalist homes can often feel cold and uninviting but with a good design this can be avoided. We would introduce wood and jute into spaces to give the space warmth. We find that a play on different textures creates interest and a great between spaces.

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Do you want a minimalist, clutter free home?

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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PENDANT, LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

We have have so many options these days with regards to types of lighting and styles. It can be daunting trying to choose where and how to install them. But lighting can do so much for a space if they are done well. 

Pendant lights give a room depth and shows design consideration. In new build project it is preferable for us to come on board at the start. This way we are able to allocate specific points and make sure the lighting in the space works from the start. We will give you an intentional space that was is designed for you.

There are times where we need to utilise the lighting that is existing. We can create an exciting new space by using what is there.

There is a light fitting for every room and style as well as design and person. We have spotted popular trends such as pendants as bedside lamps, as having pendants as bed side lamps can give the room a luxurious, hotel feel.

We are all so sued to the crystal and sparkly chandeliers but we now have modern and edgy yet still sophisticated chandeliers. These are being used to fill double volume spaces as features.

We should get rid of the standard lighting mentality, kick it up a notch and design a space with lighting that makes you feel good. 

If you get us on board on your project from the very beginning we can ensure that you get the lighting you want. Not the lighting that you have to settle for. 

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You deserve it!

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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EFFECTIVE TILE CUTTING

We are all so very used to buying a tile and putting it up on the wall or floor.  Many people don’t think much of it from there. A tile can be so much more than just a square or rectangle.

 

Cutting a tile into unique shapes which are then place together to create a splash back or an accent wall can entirely transform a space. Doing more with a tile shows consideration for a space than just placing ordinary tiles.

 

Tiles do not have to be restricted to areas that get wet or even to homes. Accent walls can be tiled and where in a home, restaurant or office. Doing accent walls in tiles is more durable and can be more effective than paint or wallpaper.

 

No need to even stress about buying a specific tile to be cut, you can use the same tile as the rest of the bathroom and just have it cut into your chosen design. This way your scheme stays the same just with a little extra thought put into it. 

 

This concept may be fulfilled by mosaic tiles but what if they do not have the design that you are looking for? What if you are looking for a geometric style tile that you found on Pinterest and they have in Europe but you can’t get it here. That is the beauty of tile cutting. Less hassle and more effective.  

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Are you wanting to re-tile in your home?

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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COUNTERTOP DESIGN

Marble

Marble has been used in homes long before sliced bread! This timeless and elegant stone can be used in many different applications all throughout the home. A countertop is a great place to use marble. Marble, being neutral in tones can go beautifully with so many different colour schemes and styles.

Granite

Granite is often thought of as a common and ‘boring’ countertop material. This does not have to be the case. Granite, being a natural material, differs from block to block. It too, is mined from under the earth. It can differ in colours, texture and patterns. Granite is a very strong stone, and is very suitable as countertops in kitchens.

Other types of Stone

There are many other types of stones out there. Onyx is a beautiful and unique stone. However, it can be quite breakable if not installed and treated properly. It can be lit up because of its’ translucent properties. This makes a stunning feature in any space.

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There are other manmade stones such as quartz. These stones are easily available and come in many different patterns and colours. The following are combined examples of various other countertop-worthy materials.

If you would love to be a proud owner of beautiful countertops…

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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MODERN MARBLE OBSESSION

Bathroom

Marble has become such a statement design piece in many spaces all over the world. Marble is a natural stone, formed under the earth over millions of years. It is then cut up into chunks, sent to factories who transform it into usable slabs. As the stone is porous, it needs to be sealed. We can then use it throughout various applications. The first place marble can be used in the home is in the bathroom. Bathtubs can be cladded in marble. Tiles can either be used on the floor or walls. Countertops are a great way to make use of this stone. It will most certainly give your space an opulent feel!

Kitchen

There are so many different places where stone can be used in the kitchen. From countertops to splash-backs, it will be sure to make your space ooze with glamour! As we mentioned earlier, marble is porous and will need to be sealed. This will prevent water and dieting getting into the stone, and damaging it. There are various other stones that can be used, such as quarts and onyx.

Living Room

Stone can be used to clad fireplaces and walls. Marble look tiles can easily be purchased and tiles on your walls or floors. This will give the look, without necessary blowing your entire budget. Coffee tables and side tables are a great way to incorporate stone into your space. Many decor and furniture stores sell stone top tables. Remember that marble goes very well with metals such as gold and rose gold. Our previous blog post help you know more about how to use gold in your space.

Are you dreaming of having marble in your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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DOOR DESIGN

Entrance Doors

An entrance door is one of the first things you and your guests will see before you enter your space. An entrance door is basically a sneak peak of the interior of your space. Therefore, it needs to be representative of your style and design. Here are some gorgeous pictures of entrance door designs for your inspiration.

Door Handles

What is the point of having a beautiful door, if you have a plain old door handle to open it? There are so many different types of door handles, depending on the door application. Here in South Africa, safety plays a major role when choosing a door handle. The handle needs to be robust. You can have different kinds of locks depending on what space the door is enclosing.

Door Details

Now that you have found the perfect door and handle… Why not add in some detail? The following images are great designs and ideas that we can custom make for your dream door. Remember, these door handles and details are not just for entrance doors. They can all be custom made into cabinetry and internal doors too!

Searching for the perfect door can be quite a task. Let us help you!

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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BRINGING THE OUTDOORS… IN

As much as we are found inside concentrating on the interiors of the home, we never take for granted the importance of the connection between the outdoors and the inside. Landscaping and the interiors need to coexist and compliment each other.

What we like to do is create a connection, a talking point between the two. Therefore, this can be achieved by introducing a external texture like stone cladding, a live wall and even concrete works beautifully. Bringing in plants and decorative slips in votives is also a fantastic way to show the connection between the two spaces.

Wood Cladding

Cladding a wall is a great way to bring a sense of the outdoors, in. By using the same cladding material that is used on the exterior: inside, a seamless flow is created between the two spaces. Here are some beautiful examples of interior spaces that use cladding to create a link with the outside.

Stone Cladding

Using stone to clad your walls is also a great way to form a link from the outdoors. By using the same stone found on your exterior cladding, flooring or in your garden, a flow is created between the two spaces. This is the same case when you use a similar shade from the stone found outside.

Plant Wall

There could not be a better way to incorporate nature into a space, than by literally bringing it indoors. Be it real or fake, bringing greenery indoors will liven up the space, making it feel more open and fresh. You are creating a connection from the outside to the inside which is most important.

For more help with this matter, see our blog post: Tips on Using Plants Indoors

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Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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WHITE INTERIORS, DOING IT RIGHT!

One of the trends that I have seen stand the test of time has been the use of white in an interior. This has certainly grown with the styles as time as passed. I just love the use of white! Whether it is in abundance or selected features it creates a sense of freshness and brings light into the room.

Here are some inspirational images for different areas in the home to show you how best to incorporate white into your space.

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Living areas:

A lounge mostly needs to be functional but that being said it is the area of gathering, being social as well as a resting space. If the seating is where you want to bring in the white be sure to choose fabrics that have a very high rub count (your harder wearing woven fabrics). You can also scotch guard your fabrics which I would recommend anyway, be it white or any other tone for that matter. Throwing some blankets and decorative pieces can also help break up the white and protect it from marks.

        

    

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Bedroom:

A bedroom is a sanctuary and safe haven. A place where we retreat at the end of the day to recoup and recharge. I find using white in bedroom can be luxurious, it creates a sense of softness and calm. In the images below you can see how the white is the main feature yet it is paired with natural elements and timbers.

        

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Kitchen:

Of course the kitchen is a place that does tend to get a bit dirty, after all it is a functional space and not for show alone. So in design phases some may stray from using white. However, we all want a spectacular kitchen as it is the heart of the home. A kitchen is a space that brings the family together.

   

    

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Bathrooms:

A bathroom is a space not to be neglected in design. As you can see below, the simplest design aspects can make the largest impacts.

        

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KITCHEN DESIGN

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. Well, in that case, your kitchen deserves the best. We are here to help turn your kitchen into a marvellous masterpiece, suited to the whole family.

 

Things to keep in mind when designing a kitchen:

Colour Scheme:

  

The top left image above represents a dark colour scheme. This would include darker colours such as blacks and dark greys.

The middle image above shows a lighter colour scheme, also neutral in tones. Black is added in for contrast.

The top right image above represents a combination of dark and light colours. This includes dark dark navy, whites, greys, beiges and pastel pink for an added pop of colour.

 

Lighting:

Natural lighting is the best form of lighting your kitchen can have. This makes the space feel light and open. However, this may not be possible for every kitchen. This can be combatted by a clever use of lighting:

  

The top left image is an example of simple under-cabinet lighting. This is done by using LED strip lighting. These come in various colours, tones and are energy efficient.

The above, middle image shows how task lighting can be incorporated into the space. The pendant lights above the island will light up the island. There is a simple, yet elegant ceiling light above the sink area. There are also downlighters which will light up the whole room.

The right image above shows how simple downlighters and pendants can be used. However, the walls and ceilings are also a light colour, which lightens the room. This will also make the room appear bigger than it is in reality.

 

Splash backs:

Splash backs are a great way to add in colour, texture or added interest. Below are some simple, yet beautiful ideas that can help your kitchen look like it came off the pages of a magazine.

  

The above, left image, contains a splash back using coloured subway tiles. This is a simple, yet elegant way to add interest and colour into your kitchen.

The middle image, above has a copper splash back. This adds a very modern and creative feel. This will add a WOW factor to any kitchen!

The top right image has hexagonal shaped tiles which adds a hint of quirkiness to the kitchen. The dark colour of the tiles contrasts with the white countertops and counters.

 

Cabinetry:

  

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Play with colour. A great way to change up the standard kitchen is by adding in two-toned cabinetry. Chose a dark colour for the bottom cabinets, and a lighter colour for the top cabinets.

Countertops. The possibilities are endless when it comes to countertops. Granite, wood or even Caesarstone are great options to include in your kitchen.

Shelving. Shelving is an easy way to open up the space. Hint: Avoid clutter on your shelves. Stick to crockery, jars and maybe a few ornaments.

 

Flooring:

It is very important to have nonporous, slip and stain resistant in the kitchen. This does not mean by any standards, that your kitchen needs to have a plain floor. There are various options you may have in your kitchen. From a fun and quirky flooring, to a more simplistic floor, the following images are great and safe ideas for your kitchen.

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Fear not! The above images are all examples of tiled floors. The first two images have a wood finish, and are slip resistant. The third image shows a patterned tile, to add some colour and interest.

 

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Yours in design,

 

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Regroup in Rwanda, a Boutique Hotel

project description

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors was approached to do the interior design for this high-end corporate boutique hotel in Rwanda. The interior design concept of the property was to create a luxury home away from home for delegates traveling to Rwanda for conferences. The brief was ultra modern and minimalistic. Every room was to be unique yet all tie in with one another in style and function.

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