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Kitchen Culture.

The Brief: To create a traditional kitchen with a modern twist using colour and modern hardware.

create a traditional kitchen with a modern twist using colour and modern hardware.The challenge lay in incorporating a taste of this classic style into a modern home, we were able to achieve this by using modern hard ware in the kitchen including Hettich internal glass fronted drawers in the pantry and soft closing hinges throughout etc.

The client wanted this area to be grand, big and over scaled. They wanted glass cabinetry to show off pieces while the drawers had to have extra depth and plenty of storage to hide other items.

Interview with Angela (client)

What influenced you about your design choices?

The East Coast/Hampton’s Style, I wanted something with an American twist, something on a larger scale that would still fit in with lifestyle modern surrounds.

What is your favourite area/aspect of the kitchen design and bathroom design?

Kitchen: The huge bench space, we entertain a lot so having this space is really practical. Also as a family we enjoy eating around the bench on a daily basis, it’s become our family meeting point. The pillar under the island bench gives it really beautiful detailing.

Other details that are a favourite are things like the handles, they make a statement on their own but also look amazing with the Shaker doors we have used on our cabinets.

Bathroom: I love the simplicity of the bathroom even though there is so much detail in the tiles, the stone colour and profile, and plenty of storage.

What resources did you use to help put together a clearer image of what you were after?

Magazines are terrific reference points and give you inspiration to dream big! I also used google images, looked at a lot of display homes. I knew what definitive style I wanted from the start which made it easy for me to know what I wanted.

Budgets can be tricky to deal with, what was the most important element in your kitchen you felt you had to have?

The style of the kitchen was the most important thing, to achieve this a number of elements were a must to make it work. I really wanted the stone bench top to match the splashback. The profile on the stone benchtops, the Shaker Cabinet detailing, Polyurethane and the classic handles were a must to bring everything together. They all complement each other.

Describe how you felt the process was working with Kitchen Culture?

Loved it! They have a methodical way of using my ideas and references to pull everything together and make it work. They understood what I wanted and we were on the same page. I had one specific image that I showed them, from that reference point the design evolved into something so much more. They were able to put a number of colour palettes together as well which really took the design to the next level by making such a classic concept so modern and fresh.

The experience working with the staff at kitchen culture was fantastic.

Interview with Kitchen Culture consultant:

How did you approach the brief?

Melissa: Looking at the whole picture and making sure each room flowed to the next seamlessly making the home feel consistent with harmony. I lay everything out like a puzzle and move things around until all the pieces fit.

Isabella: Knowing the client was after a classic but functional space I wanted to make sure the kitchen would be easy to work in but still beautiful! Using elements like drawers to either side of the cooktop make for quick preparation with all the utensils close to hand.

WHAT Were the challenges and how did you approach them?

Melissa: Working with the existing tiles selections and making sure the joinery was complimentary rather then everything trying to take centre stage, more so in the vanity designs. We went with clean lines and small amount of detail.

Isabella: The client found inspiration in the classic Hamptons style of kitchens. The challenge lay in incorporating a taste of this classic style into a modern home, we were able to achieve this by using modern hard ware in the kitchen including Hettich internal glass fronted drawers in the pantry and soft closing hinges throughout etc.

What is your favourite aspect of the design?

Melissa: The benchtop and benchtop profile, suede finish with 20mm Beveled Edge. The profile enhances the overall look and feel of the kitchen with a modern twist rather than the traditional edge or waterfall profile.

Isabella: The pantry space. With extra bench space in the pantry it’s the perfect place to keep every day appliances like the toaster, coffee machine and kettle. Keeping the kitchen free from clutter and mess.

What are key things people often over-look when thinking about kitchen design?

Melissa: Increasing the footprint where possible. Stone benchtops, although high in cost it is one that keeps on giving, low maintenance, longer warranties, great for wet areas. Storage solutions, i.e Hettich Cargo IQ, Bins, under sink pullout detergent racks.

Isabella: Drawer organisers. Cutlery trays are a great way to keep yourself organised in the kitchen. Instead of just throwing all your utensils into the drawer why not use cutlery trays to keep everything in its place? This will make cooking in your new kitchen that much more enjoyable.

Your best design tip?

Melissa: Getting the right footprint is equally important as the finishes. Ensuring ease of access and functionality will give the client the same if not more satisfaction with their new kitchen. Also always go with your first selection, gut feeling not latest trend as we all have an underlying personal style that develops but rarely shifts.

Isabella: Keep the colour scheme simple. There are so many elements that make up the kitchen, if the colours are classic they will never date. Use accessories to style the kitchen, keep changing them around to incorporate current trends.