The dazzling darkness of this black and white kitchen
Universal Magazines

“As part of a new build, we wanted to create a statement kitchen — a space that stood out but didn’t overwhelm. As it is an open-plan layout, a seamless flow into the living area and cabinetry that matched was essential to the design. Despite the dramatic black and white kitchen contrast of the cabinetry and island, there is a sense of tranquility and openness in the space.”

“An informal dining spot also had to be incorporated into the design, along with a computer nook and organisational space for appointments and invitations. The cantilevered benchtop allows for family and guests to sit on both sides for casual eating and entertaining. The design at its core is functional, cutting out the typical pantry run by offering easy access to spices and oils within the cooking area. The fully opening doors of the appliance cabinet ensure complete access to its contents while it acts as a display piece with its gorgeous matching black internals. The combination of near black and white is spectacular, generating a calming ‘night sky’ effect of the space that feels simultaneously close and far, and the white provides definition to the area. The soft grey benchtops reflect the light that floods into the kitchen from the cleverly designed skylight and LED strip lighting to provide excellent visibility for food preparation — a feature the cooking-loving homeowner enjoys. From the muted splendour of the carefully chosen colour scheme to the highly functional work spaces, this kitchen is a masterpiece of design.”

Designer Beth Paron for Smith & Smith Kitchens


EXPERT TIP: A cantilevered benchtop can offer dual functions of food preparation and entertaining.

 We love the black laminate internals of the cabinetry.


For more information

Smith & Smith Kitchens

Originally in Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly, Volume 25 Issue 4

Project Details

CABINET DOORS, PANELS AND KICKBOARDS Flat with Smith & Smith J grip, painted two-pack polyurethane Dulux Monument in texture finish to overhead cabinets and floor-to-ceiling cabinets, two-pack polyurethane Dulux Surf Mist Island in texture finish to lower cabinets
HINGES AND DRAWERS Häfele soft-close and drawer runners, bi-fold door hinges and tracks
STORAGE SOLUTIONS Blum ORGA-LINE inserts, Häfele Comfort II oil storage; Häfele base pull-out cleaning product caddy
BENCHTOPS Caesarstone Pure White, Caesarstone Fresh Concrete
SPLASHBACK Caesarstone Pure White
OVEN La Germania
SINKS Franke Bow single
BINS Häfele One2Five waste system
LIGHTING Warm white LED strip lighting to range area, LED feature pendant
FLOORING Porcelain tiles to kitchen, polished concrete to living and dining area

Publish at: , last modify at: 21/09/2018

If you enjoyed this, sign up to our mailing list

Privacy policy