Sleek and stylish aquarium splashback


An eclectic combination of materials and a unique aquarium splashback are standout features of this extraordinary kitchen by Designer Kitchens

Prior to this unique kitchen renovation, this Queensland home was a work in progress. “The kitchen is the final link to bring all the areas together,” says Phil O’Brien from Designer Kitchens, who designed and built the space in conjunction with the owner.

The design features elements of stainless steel, recycled timber and a standout fish tank seamlessly integrated into the splashback in a design that complements the “already innovative house”, says Phil. The homeowners wanted a kitchen that looked modern and sleek but was user-friendly and able to handle from one to 10 people.

Kitchens today are social hubs of the home rather than simply a plac e to prepare and cook food and this renovated kitchen had to reflect that. It features a beautiful open low-lying recycled timber window seat connecting it to the outdoor areas. The kitchen’s large curved white benchtop allows for socialising too and by having the sink on a freestanding bench, more of the other bench space is freed up, creating a spacious feel and a practical area. It was important this be incorporated into the kitchen design and while it is sleek and modern, it also complements the existing outdoor area, chiefly by the timber window seat connecting to the space.

The project’s biggest splurge is perhaps the most impressive. Designer Kitchens has successfully incorporated a beautiful tropical fish tank into the splashback design and the effect is stunning. Stainless-steel cabinetry with black timber flooring creates a dark and moody, modern atmosphere; the curved Organic White Caesarstone benchtop and aqua blue-lit fish tank contrast with the dark tonal palette. The eye is drawn to the unique fish tank element, which was a specific client request for this eclectic style.

The kitchen is an example of the client’s definite vision working together with Designer Kitchens to create a space that harmonises with the rest of the home’s renovated areas, while providing a practical and comfortable spot for cooking and entertaining.


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Originally from Home Renovation magazine, Volume 10 Issue 3

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