“This home’s previous kitchen was a very dark timber space in a classic style. It featured an awkward angled island bench that took up too much of the area for the small amount of storage it provided. Though the kitchen was quite functional, the new homeowners wanted to replace it as they were dissatisfied with the layout.”
“The homeowners requested a Hamptons-style kitchen which would have the added benefit of being exceptionally functional. The end result is an on-trend kitchen featuring the best of classic design with the benefits of new technology. The new, contemporary kitchen is refined and elegant. The kitchen’s galley style offers a neat work triangle and the most efficient storage possibilities. The island bench was straightened during the renovation to open up the corner which housed the old pantry, thereby increasing the kitchen’s spaciousness. Belling appliances were chosen for their functional nature. They are modern in appearance, giving the kitchen a transitional feel. The homeowners loved the idea of a black freestanding cooker and canopy, so the kitchen was designed around these appliances. The microwave has been hidden in the appliance cabinet behind the bi-fold doors to encourage a neat, seamless aesthetic. The kitchen’s black and white colour scheme lends the space presence and personality, while creating a light, fresh feel. The existing timber floors were stained a darker shade, in line with the Hamptons-style aesthetic. The modern conveniences of the open-plan area and island bench mean this kitchen works well as the centre of attention for stylish entertaining while remaining subtle and understated in nature.”
Designer Catherine Sedgewick for Smith & Smith Cabinet Makers
EXPERT TIP: Fixing the placement of an awkwardly sited kitchen island during a renovation can do wonders for the flow of the room.
We love the kitchen’s Hamptons-style aesthetic.
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Originally in Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly, Volume 25 Issue 4