Kitchen Period Interior Design Detail With a Twist

Kitchen Renovated by Balance

Kitchen Renovated by Balance

Contemporary interior design generally applies a minimal palette with a neutral base colour such as white with one or two accent colours; timber or contrasting black work well. In fact black was chosen as the accent colour against the neutral base colour of white in a recent kitchen renovation completed by Balance Architecture + Interior Design.  The image above of the kitchen renovation illustrates how well this colour palette works. Creating a mood in the space adds an ambient experience, this mood is able to be varied with the use of wall lights, pendants and down lights, all switched separately. Another lighting element in this design is the use of reflected light back into the space through the use of mirrors in both the splashback and within the plaster mouldings above.

The space becomes dynamic with shots of colour through the addition of floral arrangements, careful placement of fruit and table settings. All of which can be varied as mood and seasons change. A delightful element in this renovation is the use of sheer ceiling to floor curtains in the adjoining conservatory, which softens the edges of the space, contrasting against structural elements. The addition of an electrical blind system in the conservatory area allows the space to be further darkened or lightened with the use of a remote control.

The streamlined kitchen design is achieved by the use of some clever yet practical elements such as concealed ovens (two of them) and storage drawers beneath the island bench and down draft extraction systems located in the bench top, which avoids the need for an overhead range. This gorgeous renovation is another example of the sensitive, empathetic yet brilliant design work of the Balance Architecture + Interior Design team of Amanda Richmond and Andrew Fedorowicz.

Interior Design Period Ceiling Detailing

Decorative cornice in Victorian home

Decorative cornice in Victorian home

Amanda Richmond from Balance Architecture + Interior Design is a specialist in creating sympathetic interiors for heritage homes and fully appreciates and understands the design elements of these lovely, historic homes. When it comes to Victorian houses she informs us that the front rooms of a Victorian dwelling, regardless of size, were generally considered more formal than the rear of the house. Their ceilings boasted elaborate plaster detailing such as gutter cornices, ceiling roses and corbel arches. This plaster work was complemented by wallpaper which was applied to walls and ceilings, adding visual richness to the room; this included highly detailed cornice papers. Solid plastering, wallpaper hanging and master painting were all considered highly skilled and valued decorating trades.


When decorating an interior to resonate with the original design elements of a Victorian home extensive preparation work is required to ensure walls and ceilings are smooth, clear of defects and dust prior to hanging wallpaper or painting. Stunning decorative statements are made by reflecting the colours that are in the wallpaper body and frieze. In the image you can see how colours have been chosen for the cornice to reflect the colours in the frieze paper, with a special ‘surprise colour’ of turquoise found in the body of the frieze copied onto the leading edge of the plaster gutter. The turquoise lifts the other colours, drawing the eye to the cornice.


Balance Architecture + Design designed these colourways for a recent interior design project completed for a lovely Victorian home. Haymes paints were used and the colours chosen were ‘Beech Forest, ‘Turf green’ and Rubicon; the surprise colour was Blue Sapphire.

Times Change and Building Standards Change, Reflected in This Victorian Cottage Renovation

Victorian Cottage With Palms

Victorian Cottage With Palms

Times change and building standards change. Amanda Richmond of Balance Architecture & Interior Design remembers when she was a girl “My old Dad was a carpenter in the days where a building could be constructed on the basis of a handshake and the strength of his word. Dad always said, ‘Measure twice, cut once’, and, ‘Never assume anything’… that last one has held us in good stead on numerous occasions.” These days extensive documentation is required to renovate
or build; this protects the client, architect and builder alike.

Throughout the course of these blogs we will explain the process of building design, both architectural and interior design and take you through the challenges the different building sites throw up.

A recent project is the renovation of a Victorian cottage located in the gold fields of Victoria. The building sits in a formal front garden, the facade balanced by ancient palm trees either side of the entry path. Over time the building has been remodelled many times but the resulting interior spaces are now too restrictive for contemporary use. As the building is within an Heritage Overlay, modifications must comply to strict guidelines.

Balance Architecture & Interior Design have now completed concept design drawings and invited the local council’s Heritage Architect to inspect the site and comment on the design intentions.
Balance consider it important to collaborate with their clients, share ideas with Consultant Professionals and design within the guidelines to avoid both costly mistakes & lengthy delays for their clients.

The concept design drawings have been met with enthusiasm, Balance can now continue to the next stage of the project. Architect Andrew Fedorowicz  and Interior Designer Amanda Richmond both have immense experience and expertise in renovating and remodelling heritage listed buildings. They eagerly look forward to continuing this project.