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The stunning kitchens and bathrooms that make their way into the KBDi Designer Awards program are always head turners, and the 2018 entries gave us plenty of good reasons to ‘look up’ with some eye-catching ceiling treatments.

Tasmanian designer, Lydia Maskiell (Lydia Maskiell Interiors), added some almost-black magic to this elegant bathroom. In a dynamic contrast to the glossy white wall tiles, the ceilings are finished in low-sheen Dulux Oolong. Tasteful grey-toned floor tiles create a happy medium between the stark black and white, balancing the room beautifully.

A delicately detailed pressed metal ceiling adds another level of interest to this eclectic kitchen by Adelaide designer, Mike Schirmer (Goolwa Kitchens). Framed with matt black exposed steel beams, the ceiling is an artwork in itself, set amidst a gallery of striking patterns and textures.

Natural light floods this beautiful bathroom by Perth designer, Caitlin Slater (Smart Style Bathrooms). With generous windows and skylights soaking the earthy colour palette and organically shaped basins and bath in light, the bathroom – nestled within a rammed-earth home – is a refreshing retreat for the homeowners.

The balmy blonde tones of ply add top-to-bottom warmth to this otherwise industrial kitchen by Adelaide designer, Nathan Wundersitz (Space Craft Joinery). The finish is cleverly incorporated in the cabinetry, too, with the island unit, featured shelving and shadow-line details expertly manufactured in hoop pine plywood.

Brisbane designer, Lee Hardcastle (Enigma Interiors) has used clever visual trickery to encourage you to ‘look up’ in this stunning kitchen. The vertical veins of the Dusky Elm panels and the ‘straight up’ vj panelling encasing the cabinetry lead the eye up to a dramatic timber profiled ceiling.