Contemporary Kitchen Design by
Before & After – Kitchen Renovation
Originally built in the early 90’s this kitchen had become tired and had left our home owner’s feeling uninspired. In need of an update from the builder’s original layout and design we set about designing a contemporary kitchen for our clients who have a love for cooking and are keen entertainers. They desired a new look that was both sophisticated and sleek but still had a welcoming and warm inviting feel.
The Kitchen Before:
The first step was to gut the kitchen and remove some of the original brickwork items such as the pantry enclosure and the overhead bulkhead above the cooktop. The island bench was removed and a more open space emerged to work with and thus enabled the new layout plans for the kitchen to maximise space and create practical and functional storage throughout.
The Kitchen After:
Another important element was to address to lack of storage, when entertaining you want to present a clean streamlined setting but when you love to cook you do tend to accumulate a lot of cookware, crockery and appliance etc.
The new layout incorporates new floor to ceiling cupboards and underbench drawer storage. Also countertop appliances are hidden behind folding doors so the appliances are functional in place but easily invisible when not in use. This deals with the issue of clutter and addresses the client desire for a clean look when not in use.
Bringing the Design Together
There was an abundance of natural light entering the room and we decided to go with a matte finish to the white cabinetry. Our thinking was that this would keep the area feeling bright and clean but would limited the reflections bouncing around as we did not want the kitchen to feel too glitzy, it also meant that the gloss finished glass splashback would have point of difference.
We sort to blend neutral finishes combining paint, wood grain, metal and stone materials for the palette and the result is a warm, well-designed contemporary kitchen style. A harmonious balance of light and dark with contrasting areas of interest and detail. Completing the visual transformation the flooring was replaced with a large format charcoal natural look stone with a honed finish.
The original impression when you entered the kitchen was that the ceiling seems to dominate the room. It quite oppressive and flat so we sort to add some interest to the ceiling to try and give the room a more uplifting feel and to do this we dropped areas of the ceiling adding in a bulkhead, sounds crazy I know but it works , we pulled it down to lift it up.
Being a 2 storey home alterations to the lighting would be difficult but this was addressed by building in a the afore mentioned dropped bulkhead which would extend out over the new peninsular benchtop. This provided us with the opportunity to add some drama and suspend two drop pendant light fittings. A detail which really added that finishing touch to the atmosphere of the new kitchen area.