This kitchen updates the classic history of a great old Victorian home.
The kitchen in this inner- Melbourne home needed to meld perfectly with the rest of the Victorian home’s interior, but the owners also wanted a kitchen that was functional, practical and contained all the modern conveniences. The end result is a room that is warm and homely and the very opposite of many of today’s more clinical and contemporary designs. There are no sharp lines and steely surfaces here — just rich shades and tones and design details that reflect the glory of a bygone era. There are elements of efficiency, of course, and plenty of state-of-the-art mechanisms at hand, but at the same time this kitchen is reminiscent of the Victorian age from corner to corner and it fits seamlessly with the rest of the home’s oldworld feel.
A French provincial style in a light colour scheme was chosen to ensure the kitchen area remained bright. The Farmers Waratah Café Latte cabinetry creates warmth but the feeling of spaciousness, too. Detailed finishing touches, such as the mouldings — also in Café Latte — and the pewter handles to the cabinets and drawers, continue the Victoriana/French provincial theme. Practical granite benchtops in rich Antique Brown provide much-needed work space and the antique tones also bring a richness and warmth to the kitchen area. The splashback behind the deep-red oven and cooktop naturally draws the eye and comprises a mosaic of polished marble tiles. The tapware in the kitchen is also a standout feature and fits perfectly with the Victorian/French provincial look. The owners chose Perrin & Rowe Provence with Levers tapware in pewter, which complements the white Shaws Classic double-bowl sink. Carefully placed task lights in the cabinetry around the room and a traditional, old-fashioned pendant light in pewter round off this traditional kitchen, which oozes heritage and history.