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Storage Solutions

Storage Solutions

Built in Cabinetry

One struggle that homeowners constantly seem to struggle with is: storage solutions. Depending on the size of your home, there may not be tons of space for storage, but we have some tips on how to help. Let’s get started shall we?

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The first, and best way to combat a lack of storage is to create new ones. This can be done by adding built in cabinetry, what we sometimes call: BIC. We taylor make cabinetry to suit your every need, and house the items that you need to be stored. There are so many finishes that can be applied to your cabinetry, and we have a blog post on that here. We also have some other tips on how to organise your home here.

Shelving

If built in cabinetry is way out of your budget, or if you have spacial constraints shelving may be the way to go. Floating shelving is a beautiful way to display and store your items. However, heavier items may not be suitable for these kinds of shelves.

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Shelving with brackets is a better way to store heavier items. If you are worried about bulky, ugly brackets, fear not! There are so many different and new bracket styles on the market. Placing baskets on your shelves to hide clutter, is a great way to utilise space, but we will speak more about that in the next section.

Baskets

Incorporating woven baskets in your space will help you hide clutter, as well as bring in more natural materials into your space. Baskets are super easy to bring in and out of a cupboard or shelf, as well as lightweight. This makes them good for children’s rooms too. Purchasing baskets from a decor store can become quite expensive, however, we often have them custom made for your space. This can help lower the price, and make sure that they fit perfectly.

Would you like your bathroom to stand out above the rest?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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Home Bar Design

Cabinetry

You may be dreaming of having your own bar at home – or you could be lucky enough to already own one. Either way, this post will inspire you with various elements of a home bar design. From cabinetry design to lighting, your bar could be a space you would never want to leave!

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When designing a bar, cabinetry is one of the main elements of the design. You need somewhere to store your drinks, equipment, as well as a countertop to work on. There are so many different kinds of cabinetry materials. From veneer, to solid wood doors, or doors wrapped in metal, there is something for everyone. This is the same when it comes to the countertop. Depending on your space, there are countless possibilities. Luckily, this is what we specialise in, and would love to help you.

Seating

Now that you have your beautiful cabinetry and countertops, you will need some seating. Then you will be able to sit back, relax and sip on your drink. Depending on the size of your bar area, you might be able to have bar seating, lounge seating, or even both.

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The following images have tons of inspiration for your barstools or lounge seating. The style and design will depend on the style of your bar. We are able to custom design and manufacture the bar furniture of your dreams!

Lighting

Lighting will form an important part of your design. There are various forms of lighting, depending on the application. Most bars rely on ambient lighting, to set the mood. This could be in the form of soft, strip lights within your cabinetry. A fun way to add lights to your space is by having LED lights that take the form of words, or other designs to suit your space.

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Down-lights, pendants and wall sconces can also form part of your bar design. The following images will give you tons of lighting inspiration.

For a bar that will have you never wanting to leave,

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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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Creating a Welcoming Entrance

Lighting

An entrance or a foyer is often the first room you walk into when entering a house. It will help set the tone of the entire home, therefore needs to look beautiful! The following post will help you gather ideas and inspiration for your entryway, whether you need a redesign, or a brand new one.

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Would you feel comfortable walking into a dark and dingy space? If the answer is no, then your foyer should be no different! Lighting will make a huge difference in the space. The correct lighting can help make the space look and feel bigger and brighter. Depending on the size and volume of your space, the lighting will differ. Double volume spaces can often afford to have a large, statement light fitting. Smaller spaces might need to have smaller sized fittings. Don’t forget about wall scones too!

Storage

Am I the only one guilty of walking into my home and leaving my belongings all over the space? No? Good – then the following images will inspire you to have some form of storage in your entryway. This could be a large statement table that instantly greets you as you walk in.

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For those of us with smaller entrances, a server with some storage would do the trick too. Bench seating with storage options is also a great way to maximise your space and storage. Leave your shoes, your coat and your keys all in one place, looking neat and tidy.

Mirrors

We have said the following, a few times, because it is so true! Mirrors are a great way to make a space feel bigger, as it lets more light into the room, and reflects its surroundings. Mirrors come in all different shapes and sizes. The following images are great examples of incorporating mirrors into an entrance.

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We love putting custom cut mirrors onto an entry wall. We are able to custom design and manufacture mirrors in nearly any design imaginable. They help us to check ourselves on our way out, and often provide the perfect tool for an “insta-worthy” photo. What’s not to love?

Are you full of ideas for your entrance, but have no clue where to begin?

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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

RECEPTIONS

Reception Desk

A reception area often represents the brand whose space it is in. This is often one of the very first things you see when you walk into a commercial space. Therefore, it needs to put forward a great first impression on its’ viewers. Having a reception desk that is full of interest and flavour, will leave a good impression on its’ market.

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Would you rather be in a space that dazzles you and invokes emotion, or a plain old space that bores you? We would totally rather be in a vibrant space, full of life. The following reception areas represent just that. These desks combine various colours, materials and textures to create a lasting impression. Wood and stone are great materials to use in a desk, and are sure to age well.

Lighting

Lighting can make or break a space! Dark spaces often make the spaces feel much smaller and cramped. With brighter lighting, the space will look and feel larger and more open. Many reception areas have high ceilings. In this case, large chandeliers or pendants will make a statement, whilst lighting up the area. If the ceiling is low, smaller pendants above the desk, and downlights around the room will do the trick too.

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Strip or rope lighting will help light up certain areas, and create ambient lighting. Using this lighting along passage ways help make the space feel less imposing, and more spacious. The following ideas can easily be altered and integrated into your room.

Flooring

Flooring is an important part of any reception. There is bound to be many people tracking all around this space. The flooring needs to be suited to high traffic areas. Therefore, it needs to be durable, easy to clean and safe! We can help you find the perfect flooring for your space.

Would you like your reception to stand out above the rest?

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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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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…

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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( images sourced from Pinterest )

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.

 

Need some help with with designing your dream kitchen? We are here to help!

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

 

Yours in design,

 

( all images sourced from Pinterest )

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors, KZN Interior Designer in London

High-Up City Living

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors was hired to transform this tiny apartment into a more functional space. The apartment was entirely gutted in order to provide a blank canvas for Kirsty and her team. The look of the space was to be contemporary and modern.

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Neutral tones have been used throughout the design. Rich browns and creams are featured throughout the design. The walls were painted in lighter tones to make the space feel more open and airy. The floors in the living spaces were carpeted to provide comfort. The kitchen was designed to be contemporary, therefore, smooth surfaces were used. Caesarstone was used for the countertops, and smooth, dark cabinetry to provide a contrast.

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The curtain tracks and curtains were custom designed to block out the bright city lights when needed. The furniture made use of soft, grey fabric, and subtle blue patterns. The bedrooms were also designed to be clutter free and relaxing. The space was transformed into a tranquil space for the client and their family to relax in.

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Need some help with with designing and decorating your space?

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Yours in design,

Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors

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( all moodboard images sourced from Pinterest , renders and photos property of Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors )

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