Published at Saturday, July 06th 2019, 05:33:16 AM. kitchen cabinet. By Adriana Rossi.
U-shape kitchens are highly practical because they provide uninterrupted space for food preparation and serving. Visually, however, they can lack pizzazz. The last thing the owners of this new townhouse wanted was a simple kitchen. As a young, vibrant working couple, they were eager to stamp their own personality on their kitchen layout.An open-plan kitchen flows easily and works as an unobtrusive part of a spacious living or dining area. The Linda Christensen design includes crisp contrasts in aubergine, stainless steel, black wood, and colored concrete. This concrete floor was created specifically to match's kitchen color scheme. Concrete popular for its heat retention, comparative cost benefits and because easy to look after. Black gloss wall tiles are a striking backdrop to the stainless steel range hood and oven.
Kitchen designer Linda Christensen says they created a strong visual appeal through an innovative mix of finishes and colors and the inclusion of a multi-level table and bar area. “The different levels of the table and bar top visually break up space, without spoiling the open-plan flow between the kitchen and connecting rooms,” says Linda Christensen.
“It’s now what I call an involved kitchen because it interacts with the adjacent living spaces. ”The table, made from rich-colored black woods is used as a breakfast area, while the black laminate bar top acts as an informal bench. The look is offset by brushed stainless steel pedestals and support posts. The owners also love the eye-catching aubergine cabinetry. “We really wanted to experiment with color and texture. The aubergine is deep, strong and has character,” says one of the owners.
Black gloss wall tiles behind the cooktop enhance the depth of the aubergine, while chrome door handles and stainless steel appliances work as a crisp contrast. “I added a few decorative items and touches of green for freshness and interest,” says the owner. For flooring, the owners choose colored concrete with a large grid imprint. The concrete adds warmth and texture to the room and creates interesting effects when combined with timber. Linda Christensen developed the concrete theme by introducing a Trowel laminate benchtop across two sides of the kitchen. “Trowel laminate looks like concrete. It has all the swirls and smears you get when you run a trowel over wet concrete. It has a totally smooth finish although it creates an almost three-dimensional textured appearance” she says.