Renovators Katrina and Gary wanted a bedroom with a relaxing, holiday feel. James Treble went up against Kyal and Kara to create their dream destination.
It’s Kyal and Kara versus James Treble in this battle to revamp a boring bedroom.
ALTHOUGH THEY’D REDECORATED most of their Kellyville, NSW, home, young parents Katrina and Gary hadn’t touched the master bedroom. It was the home’s least-seen room and they’d given other areas priority. They weren’t sure how to tackle the unusual shape of the room or confident about choosing colours. So The Living Room team set a challenge to design experts James Treble and duo Kyal and Kara to create a luxury hotel-style suite, each with a DIY mirror and in a different theme.
James quite liked the layout of space in the room, which has seven walls, but was less keen on the existing furniture, which he thought was dark, heavy, lacking in personality and not cohesive.
Working to his theme of “City Chic”, James decided to give the room a New York hotel feel that they could actually live with. To create symmetry, he placed matching tallboys either side of the large sliding glass doors, along with two armchairs. The bed was replaced with a less-masculine version to match the tallboys, but its position retained. Attention is shifted away from the now wall-mounted television to the writing desk below, adding to the executive feel. Punches of green and yellow give colour to the warm timber tones and black of the television. The identical gold-framed mirrors above the tallboys and matching wall mirror further elevate the look and reflect lovely natural light. “The colours are amazing,” says Katrina. “We love it.”
TEAM KYAL & KARA
“Island Paradise” was the inspiration for the look Kyal and Kara chose. To start with, they countered the issue of the oddly shaped room by building a dwarf wall for the bed to rest against. This reoriented the space and gave it a fresh feel. The bed became a real feature and the curtains framing it brought much-needed wow factor. Running the sheers wall to wall and around the corners of the room created the look of a grand bay window, with light streaming in the full length.
Another brilliant idea of Kyal and Kara’s was concealing the TV. To do this they relocated it to another wall and disguised it using a mirror and timber frame (for how to make one, see box, right). Now the TV isn’t the first thing you see when you walk in the door and it works much better in the space.
The duo’s cohesive design was backed up with paint colours and accessories in cool blues, bleached timber furniture and tropical plants. Although they really loved James’s chic urban hotel design, Katrina and Gary decided to go with Kyal and Kara’s more mellow, coastal look. “It’s amazing,” says Gary. “Now we’ve got a space to call our own and really enjoy.”
DESIGN EXPERT #1
James Treble is a qualified colour consultant/interior designer with over 20 years’ experience within the building and design industries. Catch
7:30pm Friday on after Superb suite With smart styling James has created a look of luxury.
before Bits and bobs The existing room had no real style.
after Easy does it Bleached timber tones and soft blues transform the space.
DESIGN EXPERTS#2 Kyal and Kara Demmrich are
The Living Room’s design experts. They’re known for generating great ideas and solving problems. before No focus Many walls and corners caused confusion.
after Turn around Relocating the bed to the centre of the room gives it a grown-up elegance.