Category: Renovation

4 ways to add personality to your kitchen

Kitchen changes and renovation, Tina Kirschner

The kitchen is the engine room of a home – it’s the vital hub where a family’s daily lives play out – so it needs to be as versatile as it is functional and inviting. The best kitchens reflect an owner’s personality, and right now some of the newest design trends and techniques offer owners the very best in contemporary interior touches to help you express your individual (and culinary) flare.

Tap into easy updates

Looking for a quick and easy way to refresh the look of your kitchen? Update your hardware. Brass, copper as well as black finished taps are still hot ticket items, acting as statement pieces. Although feature tapware and even statement sinks are becoming increasingly popular, you can also create striking focal points with mixed metal cabinet handles and appliances.

Kitchen updates, Tina Kirschner Interior Design

Real Steel

Stainless steel kitchens aren’t for everyone; it’s a minimalist, commercial look with sleek glistening surfaces. Timeless and functional, a new generation is discovering stainless steel is both low cost and low maintenance. Worktops and island benches – even splashbacks – lend the impression you’re a pro in kitchen and it’s so easy to clean you can make more mess than Gordon Ramsay in a fit of pique.
To achieve a more individual style, look at incorporating specialised treated metals with exciting patinas. The metal is treated with a combination of oxidation, chemicals, and heat- all of which give dramatic and different finishes which echo industrial decay with an edge.

Industrial Chic

The stripped back, industrial trend of pairing metal with concrete finishes is surprising in that it looks and feels less like a construction site and much more like the must-eat-at contemporary eateries in cities like New York, Hong Kong, and LA. Concrete is the perfect material for frequent traffic and activity areas in the home, including kitchens. New techniques include concrete sprayed doors or concrete effect doors, concrete benchtops, and polished concrete flooring. Combined metal and concrete with matt black taps, and it is an easy way to create a stunning kitchen, particularly if you have a minimalist aesthetic.

Updating kitchen amenities, Tina Kirschner

Island Life

Kitchen layouts are dictated as much by their functionality as the space available; island benches are the perfect, multi-function addition to any kitchen, especially those in an open plan setting. It’s important to make sure you get the island’s proportions correct, a common mistake is to make them too small or narrow which risks the surrounding space overwhelming the surface (remember: they become a focal point for activity) and more importantly limiting how functional the unit can be as a cooking surface, breakfast bar, or a place to relax over a glass of wine after a full day’s work.
A clever and functional feature is to amp up the breakfast bar or banqueting seating option so that an informal dining area is incorporated into the kitchen.

Kitchen renovations, Tina Kirschner Interior Design

Smart villa owners renovate during downtime

Bali’s luxury villa owners should use the forced lower occupancy brought about by the on again, off again, volcanic activity of Mount Agung to their advantage and consider structural upgrades and renovations to their properties now.

The 2017 Christmas holiday season was supposed to be a high point for Bali. Even in the midst of the annual monsoon season, Bali luxury villas fill to bursting with end-of-year holidaymakers from across the globe, especially from regional markets like Australia, Singapore and China. Instead, the tourism industry saw a steep downturn in visitor arrivals and a slew of cancellations brought about by the continued and as yet to be realised eruption of one of the Island of the Gods’ resident volcanoes, Mount Agung.
Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, said in December that Indonesia was expecting an estimated 15 trillion rupiah ($1.11 billion) in lost income and around 1 million fewer tourists because of the volcano, according to daily newspaper Kompas.

Embrace a new feel in your luxury Bali villa

As the saying goes, every cloud – or ash cloud as the case may be – has a silver lining, and for owners of luxury Bali Villa stays a forced downturn in occupancy offers an opportunity to spruce up your investment for when the tourists return (and they will).

Bali’s accent as a global tourism destination has brought an influx of new ideas, styles and trends along with the tourists. Take a stroll through areas like Seminyak or Canggu, and you’ll see interior design styles reminiscent of New York’s Greenwich Village or enduring boroughs of cool like Sydney’s Surry Hills, or Shoreditch in London. Minimalist and industrial themes, warm touches, and the blurring of indoor-outdoor spaces are all contemporary trends that will futureproof your property for the next generation of international traveller.

Modernise common spaces

When looking at your property’s common spaces, it’s important to understand the changing tastes of discerning international clientele – while the traditional Balinese look is timeless and suits some properties, it also suffers from a lack of versatility. Owners should consider modernising a villa’s common spaces, including kitchens, bathrooms, living, dining, and outdoor areas.

Redo surfaces

Bali’s tropical climate wears down surfaces over time. Constant moisture, heavy rains during the annual monsoon, and sometimes poor quality can leave surfaces such as tiled floors and benchtops in need of much-needed repair. As part of any renovation, consider updating surfaces in line with a new interior theme. Bali’s many local and expat artisans offer imaginative, original and contemporary tile and benchtop designs, and a qualified interior designer may even have existing relationships and can order bespoke pieces.