Tasked with renovating the interiors of a rather dated three-bedroom Ballito home, Olala Interiors enthusiastically took up the challenge. The client’s brief was to uplift the interiors to a modern design throughout, creating a clean, contemporary, and importantly inviting home that paid homage to their Indian heritage.

After gutting the house of all fixed cabinetry, flooring and sanware, Olala Interiors’ Schanè Anderson, CEO and founder, and Kyle du Preez, designer, turned their attention to the design of the interior.

“We decided to go with a lighter finish throughout with touches of natural wood textures. A grey tile with a slight texture was used as part of a trichotomy to draw attention to the striking use of rough, smooth, and mid-grained textures throughout the house.

“The smooth, glossy neutral doors also worked well with the contrasted wood details such as the kitchen island oak vertical strips,” says Anderson. Ceilings were dropped on the ground floor so that recessed alcoves, featuring wood vinyl, could be created over the dining room and lounge areas.

Touches of gold in key locations to highlight and draw the eye, such as the gold framed glass display units in the kitchen, which together with clever lighting ensure a touch of elegant glamour, are added to the space. Neutral-tone fabrics were chosen by Anderson to be used throughout the home, with bright, colourful scatter cushions with beautiful designs and patterns to create bold highlights.

“Having the ability to design all the cabinetry for this home and have it manufactured in-house is fantastic. The Olala Interiors factory, based in Shaka’s Head and led by Riaan Grobbelaar, brought my ideas to life. The attention to detail and quality of work is second to none,” says Du Preez.

Olala Interiors uplifted all the bathrooms, transforming the spaces with very few changes. The new tile continued through the bathroom and even into the shower. The shower features frameless glass that opens up the space beautifully. The old bath was removed, and a new freestanding bath was installed with a floor-mounted spout. All linen and bathroom towels were designed and procured by Olala Interiors – each towel was embroidered with the clients’ names for a touch of elegance.

Olala Interiors designed and manufactured all the sofas, chairs and bed bases in the home.

Before and after – kitchen, dining area and lounge

The kitchen and cabinetry were stained dark, making the inside feel heavy and outdated. Using gold detailing and bold highlights of colour made the kitchen a bright, elegant space. A hint of blue connected the dining room and kitchen, while dining chairs upholstered in royal blue matched the bar stools at the kitchen island. The dining table itself was constructed using a solid oak top with an intricate gold leg design.

Before and after – family room

The family room was the only room the client wanted to be fun and playful, contrasting with the sumptuous, elegant and neutral-toned interior of the rest of the home. The playroom sofa was still in a soft velvet, however the colour was of a lavish deep green. The occasional chair used a quilted fabric for a soft look while a rich mustard colour was chosen as it complements the green well.

The cabinetry was constructed from the same wood look to keep with the theme. Roller blinds were installed by Olala Interiors and hidden in ceiling pockets, so after a long day one can retire to the room and at a push of a button, have the blinds lower to block out the sun’s glare.

Before and after – master bedroom

The luxurious theme was continued in the main bedroom with a neutral velvet. Using a ribbed detail allowed shadows to play along the ribs, achieving a softer look. The cupboards picked up themes from the kitchen with the gloss neutral doors as well as two areas with glass inserts with back lighting to create intrigue.

The pedestals were constructed with a combination of wood and gloss drawers, soft close runners and hinges to achieve a luxurious aesthetic. Timber flooring ran throughout all the bedrooms to bring warmth into them while rugs with earthy tones softened the look.

Lavish, soft touch throws in matching colour tones that anyone would want to snuggle into adorn each bed and bring a playful element to an organised bedroom.

Before and after – kids’ bedroom

The opinion of the clients’ children was very much considered and incorporated into the design. Their daughter wanted a room that featured pink and green, so a luscious pink velvet was chosen for the headboard and bed base. Green wallpaper with geometric lines of gold continued the trend of highlights used throughout the home.

A darker, more sophisticated scheme with 3D geometric wallpaper and dark wood built-in featuring gold handles was chosen by the clients’ son. The wallpaper was a perfect choice as it integrated colouring used in the home, but with a dark twist.

New wooden flooring was installed in the bedrooms for a warmer touch and feel, overlaid by plush rugs to add to the sumptuous ambience.

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