Melissa Lunardon
Interior Design & Styling


How to Select Kitchen Finishes- Part 1

Designing a new kitchen can be quite overwhelming and there are so many choices out there. Gloss? Matt? Stone? Marble? 
I believe you can create a beautiful kitchen on all budget levels, so today I wanted to introduce you to a few options on cabinetry finishes. I've listed these different finishes from least expensive, to high end. I'm sure each cabinet maker will quote your kitchen slightly different but this is a gauge to know where to start selecting from.


Textured Laminate

Laminex and Polytec have a great range of textured laminates in a range of plain and timber looks that give the appearance of timber veneer. This is an affordable option and has a beautiful grain to touch.
You can play around with the direction of the timber grain and run it horizontal, or vertical which is what I have done in the above Williamstown project.

Sheen Melamine

If you are after a slight gloss to your kitchen, a sheen melamine board is a great alternative to achieve a gloss kitchen. Keep in mind with any lighter colours, you will notice a thin black edging.


Ultra Matt Melamine

This fantastic new product is a reveluction to the industry! You can create the look of a matt 2-pack high end kitchen with this affordable ultra matt product. Laminex call it AbsoluteMatte and Polytec called it Legato. 
This velvet smooth finish is finger proof resistant (to some degree, I believe) is great for a handless kitchen and creates a contemporary look.

Vinyl Wrap

Vinyl Wrap is made by stretching a thin sheet of vinyl over a cut and routed piece of MDF. First, glue is applied to the door and edge and then the vinyl is vacuum sealed to the door so you get a seamless look with no visible edges. Its thermoformed surface makes it resistant to the usual knocks and bumps of a busy household and is easy to keep clean.
Vinyl wrap gives you the flexibility to introduce a range of profiles and is available in gloss, matt or textured finishes. There is a range of standard colours you can select from, depending on which brand you select.
Vinyl wrap cannot be used on horizontal surfaces such as shelves or benchtops.

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2- Pack

2-pack is a paint finish that is sprayed on just like a car. Due to being a paint finish, the colours are endless as you can colour match to pretty much any paint brand. The finish is quite seamless and is available in many more door profiles than vinyl. Vinyl doors aren't as crisp as profiles on 2 pack doors.
Do keep in mind the hard corners on a 2-pack kitchen can be prone to chipping.

Timber Veneer

Timber veneer is real timber, sliced very finely and pressed onto an MDF board. It is a renewable and sustainable resource. It has been used for many years, and the timeless beauty of antique furniture attests to the lasting quality of veneering art.

Decorative Veneer is produced by slicing or peeling selected logs to an approximate thickness of 0.6mm. You can select from a  range of ways the timber is cut, as it provides many grain patterns and finishes. It’s durable and can be sanded back if damaged or scratched.

Timber veneer is a premium finish and can be quite costly but combine it with vinyl or 2-pack to balance the budget and keep a cohesive look. Use veneer in low-impact areas such as vertical surfaces (cabinet doors, for instance).


I hope this information has cleared up a few questions in regards to your Kitchen or Bathroom renovation and next week I will put together a range of different benchtop material options!

If you are needing assistance selecting colours and materials for your renovation, click on the button below and we can schedule a quick phone call to discuss how I can help eliviate that headache and ensure your renovation runs smoothly!

Melissa Lunardon
Melissa shares her Top 5 Bathroom Design Ideas

Bathrooms have changed over the past 10 years and homeowners are becoming a little more adventurous with design and material choices.

I have put together 5 of my favourite design elements that you can easily incorporate into your new bathroom.

Statement Vanities


I am noticing trends from Europe where vanities look more like pieces of furniture, they are quite detailed and add lots of character to the space. 
Look for a vanity that has great storage and is easy to clean. 

Coloured Tiles


There are so many beautiful mosaic tiles on the market at the moment, they can act as an accent wall to the bathroom by using them on the vanity or shower wall for full impact.

Bold Painted Walls


A non-committal way of introducing colour to your bathroom is by painting the walls in an accent colour. This is also a great way to save money on tiles as you can just use tiles around the mandatory areas such as around the shower, bath and vanity and paint the remainder of the walls in a bold colour. At the end of the day, it's just paint and can easily be painted over if you get tired of that colour!

Stone Slab Walls


If a minimal colour and material palette is more your style, its all about less is more. Introducing large format stone slabs is a great way to achieve that look. There is no grout lines and gives a sense of luxury. If natural stone is out of the budget, consider using porcelain slabs. They look very realistic, practically maintenance free and not as expensive as real marble.

All About the Shower Head

To create an amazing bathroom experience, I believe it all comes down to the type of shower head you select. There are so many shower systems out at the moment, it all depends on how you and your family live. Think about flexibility, you might need a hand held shower to easily clean the tiled walls and shower screen but prefer a large rain head to wash your hair. There are multiple options you can use so you dont have to just stick to one!


Still Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you are planning on renovating your bathroom and still feel overwhelmed on where to start or what floor plan and materials might look best, I'd love to organise a chat over the phone to give you some ideas on where to start and how we can best work together to make your project as stress free and seamless as possible.

Click on the button below to book in a time.

Melissa Lunardon
6 Fave Dining Chairs with Impact!

With lots of great trade fairs on at the moment, I love meeting new suppliers and catching up with existing suppliers that have just launched their new ranges for the season. So today I want to share with you my favourite contemporary dining chairs that I have come across during my travels.
These chairs can all work with a solid timber table and don't be afraid to mix different tones of timbers- not everything needs to be matchy matchy!


1. Max Dining Chair in Black Leather- Curious Grace
2. Ash Wood Dining Chair- Calibre Furniture
3. Wassu Dining Chair- La Forma
4. Avery Maja Armchair- Globe West
5. Lincoln Dining Chair- The Rug Collection
6. Brasilia Dining Chair- Zillo & Hutch

A few of these suppliers only sell to industry professionals, but lucky for you- you know an interior designer! 
So if any of these gorgeous chairs or other items you see on their websites have caught your eye, reply to this email and let me know your wish list and I can send you through pricing and availability.
The best part is they offer 10-40% off RRP and I would love to share these great savings with you!

If you feel overwhelmed restyling your interior, click on the link below to find out more about my Furniture & Styling Service!

Melissa Lunardon
Interior Design Trends for 2018/19

During the workshop I held at United Interiors on Thursday night, I presented some key trends that I think we will start, if not already be seeing in the interior design world!

So today I want to share with you my trend forecast and let me know what you think!
Keeping an eye on trends doesn't mean you have to start from scratch and purchase everything all new- its purely a way to see the way design is evolving and give you confidence to try and introduce some key pieces into your home!

•It sounds natural, but it's best to start with small accessories, such as a terracotta planter or velvet cushion. If you feel bold, then you can opt for a couch or even paint an entire wall! 
• The colours of the Terracotta range blend with grey, black, white, but also with natural materials such as wicker, rattan or wood. 

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Darker Timbers
•There is a slight move away from the light oaks and bleached timbers we have seen recently with the Scandinavian look, but rich walnuts and darker stained timbers are making a comeback. 
Furniture pieces and kitchen cabinetry with beautiful details can create a warm and moody interior. Paired with deep blues and greens looks great.

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You have probably already seen an influx of terrazzo lately but this finish is one of my faves! Years ago, it was mostly used as flooring but the contemporary spin on this look has been to incorporate it within furniture, lighting, benchtops and furniture!

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Natural stone benchtops are quite popular and are here to stay. A slight move away from the white Calacatta marbles with darker tones coming through.
Thin benchtops, creating a minimal look are huge in Europe and will start to be more prevalent in Australia.
A rise in porcelain products used for kitchen benchtops, splashbacks and bathroom walls. Porcelain is indestructible and slab sizes are huge, so minimal join lines!

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Melissa Lunardon