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Sep 20
by Orbit Homes

Exotic Plantation Scheme - A Video Tour of Sorrento 416 at Newgate Estate

The Sorrento 416 display at Newgate Estate features our Modern facade - an external design style showcasing the modern Australian look - clean lines, confident shapes and minimal ornamentation. The facade models large, plate glass panels on windows and doors, fine lines made with metal and concrete and a beautiful glass balcony, adding a minimalist feel. The design is decorated with natural coloured wood and bricks and utilises beautiful rectangular and geometric shapes in a stylish way creating a cool, confident vibe.

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The two storey floorpan is a generous 44.8 squares, offering space for everything you could want and more. The ground floor features a spread out open-concept dining and family area which merges into the impressive and spacious galley kitchen with walk in pantry. The outdoor living space also flows smoothly from the open plan living area. With two additional living/media/rumpus areas plus a study, you won’t be short on space. Upstairs comprises of four bedrooms – all with walk in wardrobes, a third living space and a study nook. The standout here is the gorgeous master suite with huge walk in wardrobe, stunning ensuite and high-end touches throughout.

Ground Floor Styling - Introduction to the Plantation Look

Reminiscent of romantic tropical islands, the plantation style is perfect for those after a sophisticated yet diverse scheme for their home - a striking combination of the exotic and classic. The reign of the British Empire was a time of exploration and expansion through invasion and foreign occupation. The Empire encompassed rubber, coffee and tea plantations in Africa, India, the South Pacific, the Far East and the Caribbean. These global influences are reflected in this style.


As you step through the door of the Sorrento, you will notice the elegant colonial detailing - extra high ceilings, 90mm profiled cornices and the light and fresh paint colours - white ceilings paired with Vitesse, a warm neutral on the walls. The stained timber handrails and treads on the staircase are striking and this vision reflects off the Ivory Polished Porcelain floor tiles throughout the entry. This layering of timber upon timber is classic colonial style.

The furnishings in the entry include an elegantly carved dark wood buffet with an eclectic mix of tropical accessories atop to create tonal variation. These special pieces are inspired by the vases, sculptures, memorabilia and artworks that explorers would collect on their journeys to these exotic locales. To the left, the front lounge features furnishings in light and neutral shades - the framework for a plantation interior - originally intended to keep these spaces cool in the sweltering heat. The airy hues of the carpet, sheer drapes and couch contrast beautifully against the darker pieces. This look is followed through in the study with the addition of natural textures such as rattan and sisal to add further interest. Golden and tan tones throughout this space further help to integrate the light walls and floors with the dark furniture. 


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Arriving at the open-concept kitchen, meals and living area, you will notice the scheme has a dramatic yet soothing effect. The rich timber tone of the kitchen cabinets is Laminex Blackened Legno and this anchors the room. It is paired with a Caesarstone bench top in the shade Frosty Carrina. The kitchen tiles are a glossy white to keep this style rich in diversity - the aesthetic is both bold and soft. Contrasting the white against dark timbers is striking and adventurous. 



SORRENTO 41624 v2In the dining space, floor to ceiling windows allow light to flood in and basking in that light is the stunning light fixture - a black, hand-woven rattan orb, the Isla Woven Pendant. The piece creates great tonal variation and combined with the chunky single-pillar Classique Round Dining Table in Natural Ash and stylish, lightweight rattan and peel binding chairs in black this creates an eclectic, yet comfortable and sophisticated space. 


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Upstairs Styling - Dramatic Yet Soothing

As you make your way up the staircase, the space opens onto a study nook with room for two and a sitting/rumpus room. The addition of a pair of Plantation Bells Chairs here in greywash and black adds bold textural interest. The woven rattan seat is a classic shape and the colour adds a subtle tropical vibe. This area is carpeted in a textural loop pile and this adds further depth, interest and texture. 

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Notice the artwork here features bold prints inspired by flora such as palms and ferns as well as motifs of exotic creatures such as colourful and tropical birds - the perfect backdrop for the plantation aesthetic. Eclectic accessories are used to decorate each of the bedrooms - pieces like sea shells, coral, carved items, rattan and leather are mixed with fine china, globes, books and letter-writing boxes to create an historic, travel-inspired look.




Plants belong everywhere in this scheme as it isn’t complete without visions of lush, rich, dark greenery. Plants add colour and texture and make a grand statement as can be seen in the master suite. To the left, a large banana leaf ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ is planted in a sleek and modern black pot. Fern branches are also scattered around the room in elegantly shaped vases. Two deep green crystal lamps with creamy lamp shades frame the master bed which is neatly decorated with a splash of forest green cushions. These green highlights create a beautiful, fresh pop against the lighter shades.


The contrast of light and dark is carried through the expansive master walk in robe which leads to the bathroom. The joinery used here is Laminex Blackened Legno and it creates clean lines and a rich, luxurious vibe. The lighter coloured walls, carpet and ceilings give a feel of air and visually enlarges the room. As you walk through and into the bathroom, the gloss black feature tiles draw your eye to the Caroma Cupid freestanding bath. Behind this feature stands a huge semi-frameless shower screen which encloses a double shower with large shower niche and overhead downlights - lavish yet elegant. The idea of this style is one of luxury, comfort and exoticism combined with amazing restraint and so the high end fixtures and finishes throughout the Sorrento 416 and particularly in the master suite highlight how to tastefully create this scheme. 



Watch the video tour below of Sorrento 416 at Newgate Estate and see how you can achieve the plantation style of unhurried luxury in your new home through the use of rich timbers, leathers and rattan. Finish off the look with pops of tranquil greenery and a collection of eclectic accessories gathered from around the globe. If you’d like to know more, contact us today!