Contemporary kitchen

Design and detail were the keys to convincing this reluctant renovator that he could have his dream kitchen in Melbourne.

The owner of this kitchen is a keen cook who entertains frequently. His old kitchen simply wasn’t up to the task with its narrow benchtops, old-fashioned layout and mismatched styles. Keen to achieve a more modern and streamlined look, the owner approached The Kitchen Place for a solution.

When approaching the design for the new space, a number of items needed consideration. It was important that the kitchen incorporate a laundry area, as well as somewhere for a computer and a bar. The key was tying the different sections together with a combination of stunning colours and textures. “We went for a super-modern look, very minimalist, with little details such as the positioning of the handles making the difference.”

Organisation of space was the main challenge and The Kitchen Place has incorporated a variety of internal hardware and organisational systems to ensure all items are easily accessible and that each zone operates at the height of efficiency. Placement of these items was carefully considered with, for example, pull-out oil and spice racks located adjacent to the cooktop.

To achieve a very minimalist look, the doors were all kept to a single size where possible while the ovens and warming drawer were lined up in keeping with the linear effect. A clever combination of colours and materials adds light and shade where needed, while proportions were carefully maintained to ensure the kitchen was visually balanced.

The lighting was purposefully chosen to show off the grain of the timber while special panels and shallow shelves make a feature of an otherwise awkward wall space, adding warmth and depth. Despite initial reservations about embarking on a renovation, the owner is thrilled with the final result.

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Text: Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly Vol.16 No.2