“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.
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Originally in Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly, Volume 25 Issue 4