Style Tips From a Sophisticated Noosa Reno

Style Tips From a Sophisticated Noosa Reno

Coastal and casual meets contemporary and sophisticated in this beachside Noosa cottage. Maria Baron shares her style tips.

If you’re wondering how to achieve a bathroom that blends a stylish black and white palette with accents of timber and a feature colour — in this case, mint — look no further. This renovation of a 1980s coastal cottage delivers an effortlessly sophisticated feel. We were lucky to visit this Noosa home and share a few of Maria’s tips for designing your ideal bathroom.

"We wanted to give Parakeet Cottage a real personality; something bold and timeless"
Maria Baron, Black and White Projects
"Designers are creating a new kind of coastal chic pairing black and white with beachside looks"
Daniela Santilli, Reece Bathrooms

Building the Look

The renovated cottage is a breezy, light and modern beachside retreat. In the bathrooms: a refreshing mix of black, white, timber and coastal touches.

We asked Maria to share her top tips for planning a bathroom renovation, and she gave us three great pieces of advice:

Create a mood board: “Having a clear direction, keeping things simple and sticking to a style is paramount to keeping your project on track”, said Maria.

A mood board helps you work out what you like and which style works for you and your space. But it’s not just about you—a mood board can also be a great tool to share your ideas with your contractors and to make sure everyone understands the direction you want to take.

Get your floorplan right: If you’re thinking about a major layout change, get your plumber in early to see what is easy to move and what isn’t. Also, make sure your bathroom layout suits your lifestyle.

Use tiles for interest: When it comes to colours and patterns, you can achieve high impact through your choice of tiling. Maria’s top tiling tip is to choose a floor tile and extend it up a feature wall. This can really add to the sense of space in your bathroom.

"I chose black grout to give it design interest while keeping it airy, clean and spacious"
Maria Baron

The Must Haves

For a minimalist, high-end feel:

Parakeet Cottage was designed as a holiday home (find it on AirBnB), so the selections for the main bathroom are attractive and highly durable.

Image credits: Black and White Projects with photography by Rikki Lancaster