Inspired Design: Modern in the Midlands

The Midlands MagazineDecember 12, 2023

The Midlands is filled with homes that have dreamy modern interiors. Kirsty Badenhorst, an inspiring interior designer, has created one of them. She turned a dilapidated open warehouse shell into an elegant, two-storey, three-bedroom family home in Richmond, KZN, where even the smallest details were carefully thought out. She worked side-by-side with a contractor, designing everything from the spatial plan to the placement of the final decor pieces.


Specialising in full turnkey solutions for anything relating to interior design, Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors has been around since 2008. They handle everything from new builds and decorating to renovations, special planning and interior design. With projects in residential, commercial, corporate and hospitality, Kirsty’s experience is extensive. She has also done work abroad in London, Seychelles, Rwanda and Botswana. With an in-house construction team, they even offer services such as gutting and redoing layouts in homes.


“This project was quite interesting. The home was surrounded by farms, with the second-level living area looking out over hills and hills of beautiful farmland. The owner wanted to achieve a contrast between the natural scenery and the modern interior,” says Kirsty. The home itself is also light and bright because of this greenery, and she didn’t want the interior to fight with the beautiful surroundings.


The team began by putting up internal dry walls to divide the spaces, as they were restricted to the weight they could add to the upper level. As a result, they were limited with regard to the use of heavy fitted items. To overcome this challenge, they focused on furniture that “sits” on the floor, such as statement occasional chairs, side tables and chests. Detailed wallpaper also adds that wow factor to select rooms, without having to mount fittings to the wall.


Kirsty went for a modern contemporary style, using a neutral palette while adding pops of colour with various pieces. “This gives the home a modern flair, but also gives the owner the opportunity to swap out the colours if they wanted to without completely redoing the entire space,” she adds. Scatter cushions with slight pink tones bring vibrancy to the living area, and the blue hues of the throw and velvet occasional chair in one of the bedrooms give it a luxe feel. The daughter’s bedroom is a standout area, as Kirsty leaned into a pink colour scheme, including a statement wall of patterned pink wallpaper and a purple-toned, large, velvet headboard.


Black metal light fittings were used to give the rooms a modern edge, as well as the gold accents found throughout the home. The master wing is particularly luxurious. Detailed gold wallpaper and a glass ball light fixture adorn the expansive walk-in closet, contrasted by a striking black stone wall in the en-suite. The bedroom incorporates black elements with the bedding and cabinetry, tying the whole space together.


A combination of materials for furniture has also been used, such as wood, metal and some rattan to bring in a natural element. The custom-made wooden coffee table and oversized leather couch are the signature pieces of the living room, creating interest and comfort. The glass-top, eight-seater dining table demands attention, with the gold, back and white marble painting on the wall beautifuly reflecting on its surface. Rugs with varying textures also feature in most rooms, creating warmth and a deluxe feel.


Kirsty Badenhorst Interiors turned an empty shell into a stunning, carefully crafted home, where all of the complementary elements come together to create a sophisticated end product.

Words by Jordyn Trollip 

Photos by Courtney Dale Photography