Coloured kitchens make a splash!

Coloured kitchens make a splash!

Amidst a tranquil sea of mostly neutral interiors, coloured kitchens tend to make a splash in KBDi’s Designer Awards program. In this feature, we share some of the 2018 entries which caught our attention with their highlight hues.

Melbourne designer, Jenefer Macleod CKD Au, CBD Au (Eat Bathe Live) had clients who loved the idea of adding some colour to their new kitchen, and were drawn to shades at the darker end of the spectrum. Jenefer picked a striking and robust navy (Dulux Blue Rhapsody) for this Award-winning kitchen, combining the colour beautifully with natural timber tones and hints of gold.

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man toward the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and finally, for the supernatural. The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into stillness and becomes white.

Wassily Kandinsky.

Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au (SpaceCraft Joinery) is well-known for his clever use of colour. In this 70s era home, Nathan’s clients wanted ‘a neutral palette with a pop of bright colour’. With a family member having acute colour sensitivities, Nathan trialled and tested a range of hues before settling on this ray of sunshine (2pac colour to match Laminex Sensation).

Experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Melbourne designer Ashlee Stark (The Inside Project) brought the outside in in this striking kitchen entry. The reinvented space was opened up to a much-loved outdoor pool area with the installation of a bank of bi-fold doors, while the bold cobalt blue (Haymes Hypnotic Satin) links the interior to the pools featured mosaic tiles.

Cobalt glass (smalt) has been a historically important pigment used in glass-making, painting and ceramics. The earliest known example of cobalt aluminate glass dates back to a lump from about 2000BC in Ancient Mesopotamia.

Extract from the book, ‘Colour’, by Marion Deuchars

Melbourne-based designer, Olivia Cirocco (GIA Renovations) combined super-sweet Dulux Baby Cake with timber accents, white gloss subway tiling and contemporary white finishes to create a calming yet beautifully bright space.

A mint green person is modest, composed, kind-hearted and demonstrates insight.

Extract from ‘The Complete Colour Reference Manual’, John E. Minor

Sydney Designer, Darren Genner CKD Au (Minosa) introduced a lovely Lilac Hint (pink) to this Award-winning kitchen, cleverly lifting the energy of the space and creating a sweet and subtle focal point.

Pink is the peacemaker, calming even the most aggressive among us with its gentleness; from tough men to tiny babies, no one could deny the physical benefits of immersing yourself in pink.

Extract from ‘Sense of Style Colour’, Shannon Fricke

Have you had the privilege of playing with colour in a recent project? We’re keen to put together a collection of colourful kitchens and bathrooms, so send your project details and pics to today.

Win your way to the PYTHA Asia Pacific User Group Meeting in Bali

Win your way to the PYTHA Asia Pacific User Group Meeting in Bali

A message from KBDi Silver Sponsor, PYTHA 3D CAD

Has PYTHA 3D CAD been on your radar recently? Are you looking for one more good reason to lock in your PYTHA purchase?

Purchase PYTHA 3D CAD from Pytha Partners Australia between Wednesday, 20 February 2019 and Friday, 29 March 2019 and you’ll automatically go in the draw to win your way to the User Meeting in Bali!

One lucky Australian or New Zealand Pytha Partners customer will win a return airfare from Sydney to Bali, three nights accommodation and one full conference pass (learn more about the conference here).

Find out more about this great opportunity here.

Bathroom murals for small bathrooms

Bathroom murals for small bathrooms

KBDi Affiliate Member, Sharron Tancred of Tailored Artworks, is a Brisbane-based artist on a mission to incorporate art into everyday design. In this feature, Sharron shares how small bathrooms can be given a big boost with murals.

We all know that homeowners are renovating bathrooms more so than kitchens. While some renovators will brave darker tiles, safe neutrals prevail for with most bathrooms being small, they’ve been taught light neutrals will create the illusion of more space; but, at what cost for can you, as designers, give your clients neutrals and create the illusion of more space as well as a point of difference? 

How can your work stand out? How can you stay inspired? You want your ideas to enhance any architectural style and maybe create or expand a theme for an inviting sense of relevance, warmth and, ultimately, value.

Aside from hand-painted art the old fashioned way onto your clients’ bathroom walls, UV printing technology is allowing us to print large format on any stiff substrate up to 2480 x 1290 x 100mms thick. UV Prints directly onto tiles, glass, fibre cement board, galvo and even stone and timber bench tops!  Once thrice laminated, the surface is incredibly durable suitable for printing art onto bathroom wall and floor tiles, even those with an existing texture!  Artwork can be flat or even texture printed up to 3mm thick to replicate the appearance of real paint.

Printing art onto glass is suitable for kitchen splashbacks, as divider screens, on cabinetry glass, or even on mirrors! On divider screens, you will have the beauty of art seen in both directions.  While UV printing is not suitable on glass in wet areas, as longevity cannot be guaranteed, its uses are as wide as your imagination! Of course, art can be printed onto any size tiles and delivered to your client’s door.

Mosaic is another art form worth considering for baths, spas, showers and splashback features.  For some designs the old fashioned mosaic style may suit, however there are more modern applications.  Neat, modern mosaic tiles are 9mmssquare of real tile that will endure the harshest treatment. This is a product that’s fabulous for complicated spaces as the tiny tiles can cover all surfaces.  Juxtapose the detail with large tiles for effect.  Art can be created out of these 57 colours simply by digitally fitting artwork to a photo of your space, editing it to suit, creating a flat pack version for our suppliers and having the artwork digitised into the colours ready for mechanical placement onto mesh, boxing and shipment to your client’s door!

While we know large tiles create the illusion of space, so can art! Why? 

Art imbued with perspective, leads the eye into an-otherworldly space and dreamier atmosphere than plain tiles – creating theme! Colours that recede, i.e. whites, greens, yellows, blue-violets and I believe blacks too, create the illusion of space. 

As you know, shape is important within small spaces as many small shapes can appear overwhelming in small spaces with excessive accessories.  The beauty of art is that large shapes and lines indicate a perspective, which when rendered in the above hues and contrasted with a  neutral provide perfect balance. 

Artwork with line can lead the eye deeper into a space and align with the physical structures of the bathroom to imbued a peaceful and streamlined sanctuary to soak and refresh.  The beauty of Tile Murals is that panels of artwork can also be intersected by gorgeous tile borders, which can be custom printed or sourced, to lead the eye and create connections within the bathroom.

Artwork typically has a sense of light too! In custom jobs, light can be positioned to suit the space’s actual light source so that the art and the bathroom’s natural ambience correlate into one beautiful experience.

So, consider artwork printed onto tiles, glass, as a handpainted mural or mosaic with your next small bathroom design. You will achieve a point of difference, the illusion of more space and a magical theme that will relate to the architecture and your client.

For more see or call Sharron Tancred on 3491 6400

Blum has the right fitting for thin furniture fronts

Blum has the right fitting for thin furniture fronts

A product update from KBDi Gold Sponsor, Blum

Blum has responded to the growing demand for design differentiation and customised furniture by developing an innovative fixing system for thin fronts for lift systems, doors and pull-outs. Making minimalist furniture design simple – EXPANDO T for thin fronts gives the freedom to create not only individual units, but an entire kitchen.

Easily combined materials

First in the Australian market, EXPANDO T is the complete thin front solution for lift systems, doors and drawers using a single fixing method.

EXPANDO T is suitable for thin fronts of 8 mm – 14 mm in thickness and can be used on a range of materials including, MDF, chipboard, high-pressure laminate, mineral composite, concrete, stone, cement fibre board and ceramic.  

Innovative technique and simple functionality

With a fixed drilling diameter of 10mm and a drilling depth of just 6mm, no more 35mm cup drilling is required. Keeping things as simple as possible, assembly and adjustments can be done with ease – drill, insert and secure with screws delivering tried and tested Blum functionality.

Designs supported by quality products 

All Blum products are subject to comprehensive durability tests. This guarantees high stability and a long service life, giving you the confidence that your designs are supported with the highest of quality products to match your impressive designs.

Click here to find out more about Blum’s exciting and innovative solution for thin fronts EXPANDO T range.

Face-to-face training for PYTHA 3D CAD

Face-to-face training for PYTHA 3D CAD

Learning to use a powerful tool like PYTHA is both exciting and challenging. The software offers great customisation and a ‘sweet suite’ of time-saving tools, but like all software, it’s only as good as its user.

Pytha Partners have developed a range of workshops – where they share their favourite tips, tricks and time-saving tools – to ensure all PYTHA users are getting the best bang for their buck with this super-charged software.

Their face-to-face workshops are held in purpose-built training rooms in Pytha Partners’ Sutherland (NSW) office, with limited numbers of participants to ensure each learner gets the time and attention they need. You’ll find all upcoming workshops on Pytha’s Events page, or you can simply contact Pytha Partners today to find out what kind of training would be the best fit for you.

Pytha Partners @ Biesse’s Sydney Grand Opening

You can also find Pytha Partners at Biesse’s Sydney Grand Opening during 20-23 February. Learn more about this event here.