Deadline Design With Shaynna Blaze

Shaynna's Design Notes: Minimalist Theme

Shaynna reveals her design notes from the Collingwood makeover in Episode 2 - a minimalist / industrial warehouse look. 

The minimalist design concept invites simplicity and straightforward design, and it can really hit its stride in lofty warehouse conversions where neutral space is plentiful. A monochrome colour scheme, clean lines and simple furniture are what it’s all about. Keeping homes clutter free can be a challenge, so plenty of well-hidden storage is an essential.

Living in a converted warehouse meant Joe and John’s apartment came with some chic industrial touches but with their pared-back style it skirted a fine line between stylish minimalism and simply looking uninviting. Injecting some personality without compromising the sleek modern aesthetic and subtle industrial personality of the building was the aim.


The hall was brought to life with a blown up photo taken when the building used to be a chocolate factory. It connects this warehouse apartment back to its original roots, while disguising the storage. Matching windows along the wall add a bit of light and movement to the entrance.


Dark timber and an awkward layout meant the huge kitchen wasn’t functioning as it should have as the centre of the living area. Once the orientation of the kitchen was flipped, it naturally connected to the lounge, creating a flowing entertaining space. The open shelf bar adds an elegant touch to the space, with yellow hues and warm backlighting continuing the rich golden tones brought in by the bronze touches.

The minimalist concept really stands out here with black lines and stark white cabinets. Shaynna added a touch of warmth with a bronze splashback, feature light and tap fittings, and the wooden floating table continues those timber accents from the lounge. Sleek white panels hide a pantry, plenty of storage and even appliances so the kitchen can maintain its clean lines.

Living area

The spacious living area was crying out for something to centre around. Shaynna installed a wood burner to tie the space together, an aesthetic focal point that’s also practical and homely. Keeping the clean lines and Spartan style while trying to warm up the living area wasn’t an easy task. Shaynna introduced timber entertainment units to contrast with the concrete floor, adding a bit of warmth to the area. And of course the most important addition, a doggy day bed for their beloved pooch.


New bi-fold doors opened up the formerly unused courtyard, and a low-maintenance Japanese maple tree created a focal point. The hexagonal tiles gave a chic, subtle touch to the simple space, and Yas commissioned a beautiful monochrome mural to reach from the garden into the living area, really combining the spaces.

Master Bedroom and Ensuite

The master bedroom had a real problem. Built on a mezzanine level with no real walls, the smells of the kitchen constantly wafted up into the exposed sleeping quarters. By walling off the bedroom Shaynna created an intimate space with some much-needed privacy and protection. The addition of black-framed windows into the new walls added an architectural element to the space.

Design Option

Minimalist design is by its nature extremely simple, and has a neutral palette with very little colour. Joe and John really took it to the extreme so Shaynna needed to push them out of their comfort zone to give the home a bit more personality. In the living area, the bronze kitchen splashback and fittings add colour, while the wall mural adds interest. But this could go even further.

Take one colour to feature, such as bright red walls, and you can add drama, completely transforming the feel of a room.

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