Blending Modern and Traditional

KBDI Design Awards | DesignTank


Designtank has masterfully transformed the home bar and entertaining space of a 1910 Queenslander, beautifully blending modern and traditional elements while preserving the heritage character of the upper level.

Award Category | Home bar/Entertaining – Finalist

On the ground floor, the bar/lounge area underwent a revitalisation to enhance functionality and encourage family gatherings.

To achieve a blend of modern and traditional ambience, Designtank’s Estelle Cameron-designed bespoke cabinetry maximises storage and incorporates display areas and drinks refrigeration. The new cabinetry seamlessly complements the traditional origins of the home, while black metal accents add a touch of contemporary flair, reflecting the outlines in the featured artwork. Brass handles maintain consistency with the kitchen selections.

The bar’s location remained unchanged, with a focus on maximising efficiency. A tall cabinet conceals an angled wall and conveniently stores items for alfresco dining. Under-bench drawers and cupboards provide ample storage for wine and glassware, while a pull-out bin adds practicality. The redesign also doubled cold drink storage with an integrated fridge/freezer and a freestanding dual-zone wine fridge.

By repositioning the sink, a central benchtop area became a stunning focal point adorned with black-framed shelves, glossy tiles and a stylish round wall light. New lighting additions, including a wall light and floor lamp, set the mood for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Inspired by the existing artwork, the furniture selection features earthy tones like terracotta and mossy green, contrasted by vibrant shades like yellow and pink. The deep navy sofa adds elegance and practicality for a family home, while a large and soft floor rug complements the polished concrete floor and invites bare feet. To control the western sun’s intensity, block-out roller blinds and sheer curtains provide flexible light filtering options.

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