An all-beige holiday home can be almost as dull as a day at the office. But after winning the Durban leg of our Win a Makeover for your Space competition, this family got to turn their Aloestone Lodge into the destination it deserves to be.
Architect Wendy Bouwer’s holiday home on Prince’s Grant Golf Estate on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast had everything the perfect getaway needs: airy, double-volume spaces, gorgeous natural surroundings and a kitchen built for entertaining and cooking up holiday feasts. Only one problem: no one wanted to spend time in the rather unentertaining kitchen-living space. “We went overboard with beige,” says Wendy. “In trying to keep Aloestone Lodge a non-offensive neutral, the place ended up looking and feeling a little drab.”
But not for long. An entry into the SPACES Win a Makeover for your Space competition later, and the Bouwers finally got the heart-of-the-holiday-home look they’d dreamed of. Here’s how the transformation took place…
Choosing the colours
The Plascon SPACES team decided to embrace the lodge’s name by using fresh and natural, aloe-inspired tones. Trend-savvy stylist Klara van Wyngaarden stepped in to help Wendy choose the right colours.
“I suggested muted blues or greens as they would bring some light to the large room, and turn the house into the relaxing haven it’s meant to be,” says Klara. “Wendy went for the greens, and I instantly supported her choice.”
Plascon Moth Mist (Y6-E2-3) was selected as the main colour for the open-plan space. The hard-wearing Kitchens & Bathrooms formulation was chosen for the kitchen walls, and plush matt Cashmere for the living and dining room walls. Plascon Cashmere Mirrored Willow (Y7-E2-1) was used to highlight a tall windowed wall and, in order to pull the whole space together, the low walls dividing the kitchen and living room were painted in Plascon Kitchens & Bathrooms Pleasant Hill (Y7-E1-4).
Says Wendy: “I love how the colours link the internal space to the green outside – the golf course and the bush.” It’s the perfect holiday, inside and out.