Tag: Design

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

Eat, pray, decorate the Balinese way

Bali Interior Design, Tina Kirschner Interior Design

The scenery, serenity, and spiritual appeal of Bali continues to draw millions of tourists – and those looking for a little bit more out of life – every year. According to Bali’s Government Tourism Office, over 5.7million tourists in 2017. The demand for luxurious 5-star villas has significantly increased; even the recent advent of one of Bali’s resident volcanoes, Mount Agung, erupting earlier in 2017, hasn’t managed to dent demand for Bali’s idyllic lifestyle. For those looking to disconnect from the pressures of daily life, a beautifully designed villa becomes a haven away from the hustle and bustle offering the very best of tropical living. While we can’t all live on the Island of the Gods year ’round, there are some design shortcuts you can transplant back home.

Nature’s a beauty

Bali’s tropical climate and its incredible natural beauty mean indoor-outdoor living is the norm. Whether it is lounging in cabanas, showering in outdoor style bathrooms, or relaxing around the pool, Balinese design treats the outside as an extension of the interior. Don’t worry if you don’t live in a forest or aren’t perched high on a coastal cliff; you can create an oasis of greenery in the garden by planting bright, vibrant flowers. In city and suburban locations privacy can be hard to find, a green screen of yellow palms or Chinese bamboo works well nurture Zen as well as block out the neighbours.

The perfect blend

Balinese architecture utilises expansive geometric proportions throughout, giving interior spaces a feeling of light and simplicity. Native Indonesian building materials, such as local timber and stone, provide warmth in open areas and form the foundation of interior design. Stir in traditional elements like a stunning Balinese high vaulted wooden slat ceiling, and then top with contemporary amenities and furnishing which suit your lifestyle best.

Bali Interior Design trends, Tina Kirschner

Finishing touches

Balinese interiors are spacious and straightforward, with minimal d├ęcor. A few stand-out pieces of furniture and artwork help to emphasise the feeling of unencumbered lightness and freedom.  Indonesia is one of the top 20 furniture exporters worldwide – mainly teak, bamboo and rattan furniture as well as carved furnishings – so you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re interested in a more traditional look and feel. A statement piece, such as an ornately carved Balinese wooden doorway or sideboard will help to anchor that tropical feel. To enhance outdoor sections, use a scattering of natural stone statues or water feature, ideally made from greenstone and volcanic rock.

Interior design trends Bali, Tina Kirschner