Tag: decor with colour

Lyndie’s Kids’ Bathroom Makeover

My children’s bathroom was so far out of fashion it was almost back in again!  The tiles had lovely peach tones with a gorgeous gold framed shower and vanity mirror.  To complete the look, the profile on the vanity doors catapulted me into another era and the towel rail also had a very special gold finish which unceremoniously fell to the floor every time we removed a towel.

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Don’t get me wrong, I adore items from yesteryear that add character to a modern interior.  A touch of Provincial has always been a favourite and I’m never one to shy away from the warmth of rustic timber combined with crisp white in a Modern Country style.  Unfortunately, peach tiles combined with gold framed showers have yet to warm the cockles of my heart 🙂

Kids bathroom Inspiration Moodboard

So this is how I jazzed it up a bit… As this would be the only bathroom big enough to house a bath tub, I decided on a large freestanding bath to fit the country look and feel.  I fell in love with the grey toned timber look ceramic tiles at a recent visit to Beaumont Tiles and I selected a top mounted basin for the bathroom cabinet.

White country style vanity

In search of a new vanity, I realised that this item alone could easily blow the budget!  Luckily, I found a lovely timber cabinet for $400 at Knots Pine, which I painted a crisp white and finished in polyurethane.  I replaced the very ugly handles with something modern and stained the top to tie in with the floor tiles, then applied a coat of polyurethane for water resistance.

Provincial style taps

To complete the look, I decided on the Bastow Provincial range from Tradelink, as it ties in with the rest of the bathroom.  A niche in the wall next to the bath ensures that shampoos, candles,bath bubbles and my wine glass are within easy reach.  To add a sleeker look, we installed a frameless shower, a big improvement from the gold framed one!

Bathroom Renovation After

The laundry basket was a lucky kerbside clean up find.  One morning early, Eriana called me to inform me of this discovery in her neighbourhood.  She also threatened that if I didn’t take it, then she would!   As I’m such a good friend, I immediately found a spot for it in my home 🙂

If you’re thinking of a bathroom renovation and not sure where to start, email us for a price list or book an initial consultation.  We promise we won’t bite!  Our blogs about how to run a smooth bathroom renovation  and ideas on subway tile layouts, will get you started on your bathroom make over.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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Are blue walls making a comeback?

Colour is a real mood changer. (Okay, wine and chocolates too!) Have you noticed how many blue painted walls are in decor magazines lately? I have never been brave enough to paint one of my own walls blue. I am not a fan of light blue walls myself, but the darker toned paints, leaning towards navy, I do find interesting, calming and almost dramatic. They say, once you’ve changed over to the other side… you never want to have neutral walls again! .

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Start slowly, choose one room or one wall to experiment with. Make sure the other furniture in the room are mostly neutral so you don’t need to stress about matching colours too. Make sure you have other blue accents in your room like cushions or ornaments to pull it all together.

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We’ve said it before: Don’t think you always have to follow all the traditional interior decorating rules. Sometimes you have to break a few rules and be brave and think outside the box.  Your entrance hall is sometimes so neglected. One would think an entrance hall is too small for a dark deep blue? No, not at all! It will add a funky design to your home, with a punch when your guests arrive.

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Happy decorating,

eriana bredenhann interior designers hills district sydney


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Quick Décor Tip – Exterior paint

Quick tips, exterior paint colour rules
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We all love to have a home that will stand out and make an impact in our street.  To have a modern and sleek look, remember to stick to the Three Colour Rule:  Have one colour for walls, one for trim and one for accents.  These colours should all complement each other and match tonally.  If you’re still struggling and not finding help at the Bunnings counter, send us an email and we could do a full exterior colour consult with specification list for your painters.

Cheerio ’til next time!

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Minion Yellow – Now an official Pantone Colour!

I was a little bit surprised, but love this name for a colour! Pantone has developed and named a colour after a movie character! Say welcome to Minion Yellow, from the movie ” Despicable Me”.

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Let me first clarify: “What is this Pantone-thing we talk of some times?”

It is an International standardised system for matching colours, mostly used in specifying printing inks. This way you can specify a specific colour for a project and everyone world-wide will know what code to use to generate the exact same colour. Recently we wrote a blog about this year’s Pantone colour of the year: Masala. (A colour we don’t particularly like…)

However, I am sure there will now be many new children’s rooms with Minion Yellow as an accent colour. The wall in this room is just amazing:

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So if you want to make sure you have the same exciting yellow throughout your home, give Minion Yellow a go!

Happy painting & decorating,

eriana bredenhann


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Most people think that decorating with black can be quite depressing, sombre, too formal or modern.  I believe that a little bit of black is necessary in every room;  it is stylish and dramatic, it provides a grounding effect and can be used in combination with any décor style!  If done correctly, it enhances colours and shapes around it and creates a soothing warmth in combination with the right lighting.  I’ve put together 5 tips for you to remember if you are adventurous at heart.


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Like any dark colour, black can overwhelm easily.  Make sure that your lighting is adequate, but is doesn’t necessarily have to be natural lighting.  Some of the most beautiful hotel rooms rely on light fixtures to create a warm glow.  If you decide to combine black with white, then black should dominate the palette for a more elegant look.



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Don’t be a bore – Paint your Door!

When we think about a painted door, the front door is usually the most obvious one that comes to mind.  A painted front door is a great way to make a statement and creating a welcoming feel when guests arrive.  Painting our internal doors, is a different story altogether, as not many of us would even consider it.   I recently came across a few fabulously funky doors, so have a look at the possibilities!

diagonally yellow painted internal door

This diagonally painted yellow door creates a fresh look to this home office.  To create your own, follow these step by step instructions found on abeautifulmess.

yellow greay and blue triangular patterned door (more…)

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Chalk Boards – Too Cool for School

Chalk board has come such a long way since I was at school.  I vividly remember the screeching sound of chalk against the framed green board on the classroom wall.  Although I am sure it was never intended to be a feature but rather an educational tool, the use of chalkboard paint has certainly found its way into our homes and has turned into a decorating phenomena.

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Whether used in the office for jotting down notes; or a feature wall in the kitchen to help with planning for next week’s menu, the versatility is without bounds! (more…)

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How to decorate with Red

Representing passion, fertility, anger, blood and energy, no other colour evokes as many emotions as red.  Some people might be attracted to the energy of red, while others find red too alarming and intense.  The Chinese consider red the colour of happiness and good luck, while North Americans associate red more with danger and emergency.

If you are passionate about red, you might tend to overdo it in your home.  Red is such an energising colour, that the over use of it can easily become furious and intense.  The idea, when using red, is to entice, intrigue and invite, not to feel as if you’ve been clubbed over the head with it! There are many shades of red, from faded rose to deep burgundy.  With the right shade in the right place, red can be used almost anywhere.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of how red has been used in an appropriate way.

Red kilim rug

The position of a colour in a space has to be carefully considered, as it has a significant impact on the psychological effect of the colour.  To give you an example, a burgundy rug on the floor will feel regal, solid and inviting, but the same colour on the ceiling, will look heavy, disturbing and intrusive.

Adding an area rug like a kilim or Oriental carpet, is a great way to bring in colour, regardless of décor.  It lifts a monochromatic living space and picks up colour throughout with a few well placed accessories.

Red sofa

Adding a conversation starter, like a red sofa to your living room, might be the key to a companionable vibe when having a get together with friends. As it is also an excellent choice for hiding red wine stains, I can’t think of a better option for a living area.

Red diningroom chairs

To inject a burst of colour into your dining room, cherry red chairs might be the way to go. It is also the colour that stimulates appetite and blood flow (no appetite enhancer in my house needed, thank you very much). Just make sure that you don’t overdo it with an overabundance of other red accessories.  Sometimes less is more…

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To make a sitting area come alive, adding a deep crimson table or chair might be just the thing to finish it off.   

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 Red has a fantastic way to neutralise cooler colours like greens and blues, lending a real sense of warmth to the room.  It’s a great way to add life and energy to a lifeless and uninviting space.

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To introduce red into a room, do it by adding throw cushions, flowers and vases as accents.  Red is extremely eye catching, so it anchors the observer’s attention to an area of the room or highlights a more stunning part of the room.

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It is believed that red backgrounds increase the attractiveness and desirability of someone standing in front of it.  Your guests will thank you for an inviting red entryway and it might be the room you have your coffee and cake in too! My friends are all extremely attractive, so I’ve left my entry walls white! 

Before you try to go too bold, make sure your space can handle it.  High ceilings, lots of natural light in combination with a few muted colours could help tone it down. 

Don’t forget to send in a photo or drop us a note of your bold and beautiful red decor!


Cheerio ’til next time!



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Copper Inspiration for your home

Long before one found copper everywhere in every decor magazine, I was in love with copper. I can still remember the copper spade and bucket next to my grandparents’ fireplace. I loved how shiny it was, although grandma always complained that it was hard work to keep it looking that way!

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My favourite combination: Copper, black and grey. Today copper is used in many different forms, and adds a very lively accent to a room. (more…)

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