When renovating a home, we often look to the experts to gather tips and inspiration to ensure the best possible results. Australian interior design expert, Shaynna Blaze identifies five key elements to consider with a kitchen or bathroom remodel on any budget.
The face of hit shows, The Block and Selling Houses Australia, is a long term fan of Granite Transformations, and recently enlisted the leading makeover specialists to renovate the kitchen, kitchenette and bathroom in her new studio in Hawthorn, Victoria.
Granite Transformations enabled renovators like me, to revamp my kitchen and bathroom by working with the existing surfaces and cabinets, for a proportion of the cost of a complete demolition and rebuild. It’s been fantastic working with the team at Granite Transformations and incorporating their quality products and surfaces in this design space and I am excited to reveal the results,” Shaynna says.
Whether you are working with a modest budget or investing significantly, Shaynna has the following fundamental tips to consider when renovating:
Small budget, HUGE inspiration!
Collect everything and anything that inspires you, and create your own lookbook or mood board to capture it all. “In the kitchen I was inspired by the heritage of the 1880 building while still making if feel and work as a kitchen of the 21st century. Whereas the bathroom was complete fantasy, taking reference of an era of the pomp and ceremony of times of Versailles,” says Shaynna.
Usage – Who is using the space and how?
It’s important to think about who is going to be in the area and how the area is going to be used on a daily basis. “Keeping these things in mind helps to create your layout, the appliances and fittings you need, right down to the colour palette you will select.”
Define your must-haves
Both the bathroom and kitchen are frequently used spaces and therefore it’s critical the fittings are both functional and practical but also visually appealing. Ensure you have accounted for those items you can’t live without and build from there. The mood was first priority in the studio for Shaynna; “This is an area that is not just for me so I wanted whoever walks in the room to be transported somewhere. The full-scale Trend Surface mosaic on the end wall was the starting point where everything was built from and then I was able to work out the lighting, fittings and flooring from there.”
Make the most of the spaces footprint
Limited space often restricts the layout of a kitchen or bathroom. Ensure every space is well thought out and planned. “With only one wall for tall items in the kitchen my main priority was to make sure I would be able to fit as much bench, drawer and cupboard space as possible.”
Add colour, texture and patterns
Colour, texture and patterns are stylistic building blocks of any decorating palette. These key elements help to create the style, mood and the feel of each room. “The kitchen has subtle features with panel details in the island bench and glass overhead cabinets with a modern twist on the herringbone pattern in the subway mirror splashback tiles. The bathroom takes it to a more extreme level of a period style with detail in every form from tiles and light fittings to the furniture which was a signature of the Victorian era, even though all the details aren’t of a Victorian nature.”