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Driveway inspiration gallery: Contemporary driveway ideas

If you’ve tried searching for ‘driveway inspiration’ on Google or Pinterest, chances are you would have been inundated with dated or traditional concepts of predominantly American homes — not exactly the solution most of us are looking for!

So we’ve researched contemporary driveways and created this round up of the best driveway options — breaking it down by the different materials. Also, if you can add another driveway solution to the list, please drop us a comment below.

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A standard concrete driveway can bring down the look of an architectural home… unless you put a twist on it!

It appears as though this house has a concrete driveway. Now, with white oxide added to give it a light and bright finish, and the expansion joints have been cut in a square pattern. Such a clever way to create a low-maintenance, relatively affordable driveway that looks modern.

Dark concrete driveway

Another look for regular concrete is to add black oxide to give it a dark grey finish. As the boys at Graya Construction also did with this stunning home in Bardon, Queensland.

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Graya Developments, photography Cathy Schusler, architect D Line Pty Ltd, interior design TD Creative Agency


Always a beautiful material, adding texture and pattern, is a cobblestone driveway.

From Catherine’s contemporary-Australian-meets-coastal style home, to the concrete panel and curved house (all pictured below), this material suits a wide range of styles.

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BG Architecture, photography Dianna Snape, builder Bayside Construct, styling Ruth Welsby

Red brick paver

Sometimes traditional materials, such as red brick pavers, can be the perfect solution for a contemporary home — particularly if you want to create reference to your neighbourhood.

Exposed concrete

Minimalist, understated and low-maintenance, there’s a lot to love about an exposed concrete driveway (this is the material Gina ultimately chose for her driveway).

You can find all sorts of exposed concrete aggregates now. From simple grey pebbles like the driveway below, to those with a more colourful mix of orange and red pebbles, too. You can also check out the product range at Holcim for ideas if this option appeals to you.

Grey brick?

It’s difficult to know for sure what materials have been used on these last two driveways — if you can shed some light, please share!

Our guess is the first has used a grey brick paver or Bluestone paver. Maybe the second also used a cut stone?

In any case, they’re both beautiful so we had to include them in the gallery!

Have you been inspired by one of these photos for your home? Or do you have other driveway inspo you can share in the comments?

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This post was first published in May 2019 and continues to be updated with the latest information and images.

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An Incredible Workspace / Studio and Gallery in Delft Holland

An Incredible Workspace / Studio and Gallery in Delft Holland

Many moons ago interior designer and photographer Holly Marder of Avenue Design Studio came and shot my home for a magazine feature and we've been in touch ever since. Not only is Holly a lovely, funny person, she's also amazingly talented. Every interior she touches turns to gold and I've featured so much of her interior work here in the past. I was so excited to discover that Holly recently opened a new studio and gallery space in a Dutch canal house in Delft, Holland. The building itself is incredible and boasts soaring ceilings, sash windows and an original parquet floor. And true to style, Holly has used the natural light that floods through the windows as a backdrop for a gallery of "curated collection of art, objects, furniture and design" as well as a design studio. Ready to feel inspired? 

The design studio

I remember when Holly worked from an attic space which doubled up as a guest room. Naturally it was a lovely space - even so, I think we can all agree that the new Avenue Design Studio headquarters is a step up! Connected to the gallery via an outdoor patio, the space is used for presentations, meetings and consultations surrounded by a "rotating collection of curated objects and art which are collected for projects in the process of being finished" as well as samples and materials. 

The magnificent studio table is a travertine piece which has been custom made for the studio. A large mood board (try Ferm Living for similar pinboard) serves as inspiration for various residential interior design projects. 

Gallery by Avenue

Holly is forever sourcing unique pieces for projects as well as collaborating with artists, so a gallery space next door was a natural progression and a long-term ambition. 

The gallery, which is open to the public (I need to visit ASAP!), showcases a collection of vintage and contemporary design as well as furniture and objects designed in the studio. Think earthy tones, natural and tactile textures and a serene look and feel. 

How beautiful! To think people work in spaces like this - gaaaah!

I'd love to visit the gallery too - the only problem is I'd want to buy everything so it would be very dangerous! 

You can see more Avenue Design Studio projects here.

And Holly's own living spaces:

Looking to revamp your home office or workspace? There's plenty of small space inspiration here: 

And other, larger studios / workspace inspiration here: 

And of course, I can't resist including a link to my own studio in Malmö. I moved in three years ago having worked from home for several years. It took me ages to decorate it, and I'm even doing a bit of a reshuffle here tomorrow (you know me!). I can't wait to share more pictures with you soon. In the meantime, you  might like to see the behind-the-scenes tomorrow over at @myscandinavianhome stories. 

That's it from me this week friends! Thank you for your kind comments, I'm so happy you've enjoyed the tours this week (if you've missed them, hit the 'older posts' button below - they're not to be missed!). 

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Photography: Avenue Design Studio / Studio Artspret / Fanny Hååg / Rachel Terpstra 

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Gallery House by Architecture Works | Australian Interiors

Steven says although the large house needed to have enough space to accommodate family gatherings, equal consideration was given to carving out intimate spaces for the owners. The primary ensuite offers a serene bathing experience, immersing you in the sculptural gardens and evoking a tranquillity akin to somewhere far from home. 

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Inspiration gallery of 10 green tile shapes

Increasingly, people are getting bolder with their tile choices, and we’re all here for it! With great risk often comes great reward and to inspire you to get brave with your tile choices, we’ve compiled an epic gallery of bathrooms featuring green tiles.

See just how much choice there is in the world of green bathroom tiles!

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1. Kitkat tiles

Starting with our favourite tile shape right now — kitkat tiles! If you adore these rectangular mosaics as much as us, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s more than one type of green kitkat tile. Green kitkat tiles range from luxe green marble (in light ‘Ming’ green pictured below and darker ‘Olivetti’ green) to all shades of green porcelain kitkat tiles.

Kitkat tiles have a beautiful rhythm and bring pattern to a space through shape. They work in a wide range of interior styles, including luxe, coastal, mid-century modern, japandi and contemporary.

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Deep green kitkat tiles laid horizontally. Image via The Glade Design, see more of this Japanese inspired bathroom

2. Subway tile

Subway tiles are one of the most popular tile shapes — they’re incredibly versatile (subway tiles can be laid in over a dozen ways), affordable, and there’s plenty of choice in terms of size, finish and colour. From soft sage tones to deep emerald, it’s hard to go wrong with a green subway tile in the bathroom.

Green subway tiles work harmoniously with many other tile patterns, including terrazzo, marble, and more graphic black and white patterned tiles.

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Glossy sage green subway tile laid in a vertical straight stack on all walls. Image via @architectseat
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Muddy green subway tile laid in a half-height brick bond pattern, and vertical straight stack above. Image via Instagram @katewalker_design
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Pale green gloss subway tile on all walls in this luxe bathroom. Image via Studio Tate
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Light green subway tile paired with a marble floor tile. Image via

3. Feather tile

A new tile shape gaining popularity is the feather or blade tile. It blurs the lines between fish scale and subway tile shapes. Available in natural green marble or a tonal green porcelain, this one is too pretty to look past.

We especially love this tile shape for contemporary, coastal or luxe bathrooms. Be prepared to see plenty more bathrooms using this tile in the future!

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Mitch and Mark bathroom from The Block featuring green marble blade tile. See the full room here

4. Square tile

A classic and timeless shape, square tiles are making a big comeback! Our favourite square tiles have got to be the organic, hand chisseled Moroccan tiles called Zellige. In the bathroom below you can see the soft green spearmint Zellige tile used as a feature wall (and there’s also an emerald green option).

Another type of square tile are the perfectly straight, or rectified, tiles that suit architectural style bathrooms to a T. Available in a range of sizes, these tiles are often suitable for floor and walls to create an enveloping bathroom design.

And finally, there are the handmade finish square tiles that offer a soft, organic texture. The third picture below shows the moss green square tile used as a feature wall and we’re sure you’ll agree with us, it looks amazing!

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Spearmint Zellige hand chiseled tile. Image via Tile Republic
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Light green straight edge square tile used on the floor and walls in this architectural bathroom. Image via @studiocontekst
Handmade moss green square tiles used as a feature wall. Image via Instagram @fienza_bathware

5. Patterned tile

Patterned green tiles is a pretty broad category but generally you’ll find these tiles in a 200mm x 200mm size, featuring a tessellating pattern.

From floral prints that suit the Hamptons style, to bold graphic designs better suited to a mid-century bathroom, it’s worth exploring the options of green patterned tiles.

While the bathrooms below picture these used on the walls, often a patterned tile is used on the floor with a subway or other simple tile used on the walls.

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Floral print green patterned tile used in this small bathroom. Image via Instagram @mimosa_yellow_lon
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Graphic green tiles used in this all-green bathroom. Image via

6. Fish scale tile

A tile shape that immediately transports us to the ocean is fish scale (or fan as it’s also known). Laid with the curved side facing either up or down, this tile makes a statement!

Our advice when using a green fish scale tile in the bathroom is to go easy. A little goes a long way so it’s best not to overdo it!

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Green marble fish scale tile. Image via @colortile_au

7. Large format tile

Many people prefer to avoid mosaic tiles in the bathroom. We hear you, cleaning grout can be a pain! But you don’t have to choose between colour or size thanks to the growing range of larger format green tiles becoming available. The ones pictured below have an interesting scalloped and textured profile, adding to their beauty.

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Scalloped profile on this soft green-blue tile. Image via Instagram @defaziotiles

8. Herringbone tile

Instantly dialling up the elegance of any bathroom design, there’s good reason why herringbone tiles remain a firm favourite.

You can find smaller herringbone mosaic tiles on sheets, such as the Ming green marble tiles pictured below, or select a green subway tile that your tiler can lay in a herringbone pattern. Whatever you choose, you can be guaranteed it will look ah-mazing!

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Beautiful green herringbone mosaic tiles. Image via @nerangtiles
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Tonal green subway tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. Image via Pinterest

9. Penny tile

Penny round tiles are a classic shape that in the right finish can suit just about every interior design style. They’re a popular option in bathrooms because their round shape can soften the hard angles typically found in bathrooms.

Often suitable for floor and walls, they’re an ideal choice if you plan to design curved walls in your bathroom.

10. Hexagon tiles

From one extreme to another, hexagon tiles by contrast are highly angular and add an edge to bathroom design.

Available in small mosaics through to larger individual pieces, measuring approximately 200mm in diameter, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to green hexagon tiles.

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Deep green marble hexagon tile. Image via @mandarinstoneofficial
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Powder green hexagon tile used on all walls. Image via
Green-blue hexagon feature wall. Image via

Have you spotted your dream tile in this round up of green bathroom tiles? What tile shape or bathroom is your favourite? We’d love to chat in the comments below!

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