Kitchen bursting with colour

With a focus on sustainability, this stylish kitchen reno has gone from retro shabby to mid-century chic. The bright and usable space is now welcoming, owing not only to its new layout but also the tactile and textured finishes and patterns.







Tired and “stuck in the ’70s” is not how you want your home to feel. Looking at this vibrant, modern kitchen today, it’s hard to imagine its past life as a dark, dated and unwelcoming space. “It received absolutely no sunlight in winter… we never wanted to be in there,” say the homeowners, describing the yellow laminate benchtops and splashback, mustard-coloured carpet, timber panelling and large floral wallpaper of their formerly retro abode. Located in Strathalbyn, South Australia, this 1920s bungalow is home to a family with two young children. Like most young families, they cook at home during the week and entertain family and friends over the weekend. Therefore, the kitchen and dining area needed to cater for this as well as being a central part of the home.

Right from the beginning of the renovation, the homeowners wanted to steer away from the “mainstream, glossy, minimalist look”, instead opting for a space that was “light and open, with a funky mid-century, modernstyle kitchen, with an eco bent,” explain the homeowners. Removing the remnants of the ’70s, the lino was peeled back, wallpaper removed and the mustard carpet pulled up. To open up the space, a dividing wall was knocked down, allowing much-needed light into the zone. Two sets of sliding doors were also removed and a section of wall on the western side of the room taken out to make way for custom-built glass doors.

Aside from the practical new layout and design, the environmental considerations of the new kitchen were important to this family. “It was our intention to use materials that would have minimal impact on the environment and our family’s health,” say the homeowners. As such, low- VOC materials (including paints and cabinetry) were used, the underfloor heating utilises solar power and, rather than particle board, Australian hoop pine plywood has been used. “We actually took inspiration for the kitchen design from the edge pattern on the plywood.”

The bright and usable space is now welcoming, owing not only to its new layout but also the tactile and textured finishes and patterns, chosen to create interest. A colour palette of grey and white takes the style into the modern era and pops of yellow pair perfectly with the neutral base tones, adding warmth and vibrancy.

Connecting to the property’s large backyard and designed to suit the homeowners’ personalities and lifestyle, the newly renovated kitchen shares a similar style to the rest of the home, described as “a blend of both modern industrial and mid-century modern”. The renovation not only looks stunning but is practical too. “The space was designed with open shelving for easy access of frequently used items,” say the homeowners. The central island bench also acts as a spot for the kids to eat their breakfast in the mornings and as a place for them to do their homework. As for Mum, her favourite place is the reading nook — perfect for curling up with a cuppa or a glass of wine.

With its inspiring combination of sustainable elements and beautiful design, this renovation shows how revamping a space with an eco approach can be both modern and practical yet stylish, bright and fun at the same time.


For more information

This project was designed by:

Space Craft Joinery 4 King Street, Strathalbyn SA 5255

Phone 08 8536 4680




Project info

This project was built by:

Steven Ness

Phone 0407 617 574



Flooring Concrete Fuse tile with underfloor heating by SunRay

Tiles Beaumont Tiles ceramic with underfloor heating powered by solar panels



Wall/ceiling colour Dulux Surfmist (low VOC)

Red brick feature wall Recycled old red shale from Old Red Brick Co



Drawers Blum intivo glass-sided pot drawers

Benchtops Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in Laminex Sheer Mesh EO

Sink Upstand Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood with plywood beading, Superior Surfaces Giallo

Rangehood canopy Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood with plywood beading, Superior Surfaces Giallo

Kickboards Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in polytec Stone Grey EO

Splashback Mutina Tex white tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics

Pull boy bin Blum 72L SERVO-DRIVE from Wilson & Bradley (four-bay bin to assist with recycling)

Overhead doors Blum AVENTOS HL

Oven Ariston 60cm multifunction

Dishwasher Bosch

Cooktop/hotplate AEG gas hob flat profile HG75FX

Refrigerator Samsung 710L double door

Sink Mercer undermount

Rangehood Blanco BRU70X

Mixer tap IAG ITDC1

Bar stools Freedom Tractor



Underbench & overhead Lincoln Sentry LED tube strip warm white Styx2

Pendants MAKE Architecture Potter lights



Doors/drawer fronts Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in polytec Stone Grey EO

Doors Laminated 16mm hoop pine plywood in Laminex Natural White EO

Louvre windows Breezeway Clear low-e glass

Sliding doors Double-glazed sliding doors by Tiana Joinery

External awning Country Blinds Curtains and Doors



Words by Emma Wheaton

Photography by Lyndon Stacy

Originally from Home Renovation magazine, Volume 10.3

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