Published at Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 07:26:20 AM. kitchen design. By Baptiste Marino.
Kitchen finishes featuring a palette of citrus and aubergine blendeffectively with art-covered walls in this relaxed living space
White kitchens continue to be popular because they’re so practical. But sometimes it’s good to break out and go for color especially in a small, modest kitchen that needs some vitality. That’s exactly how art gallery owners Jennifer Buckley and Rex Armstrong felt when they moved house. They’d had a white kitchen for years and worked — and still work — among white walls. When they moved to their solid, two storeys, a former government-owned house they decided it was time to surround themselves with their favourite colours. With its small rectangular rooms, long passageways and dark. uninviting corners,the couple decided to rearrange the new house with the help of architect Geoff Ward. Knock out as many valid as possible — yet provide walls to hang the couple’s art collection and create apartment-style living with a garden and deck for entertaining. The kitchen was moved to the other side of the house. Now it fills one end of a light-filled gallery-style living/dining space. The owners were used to small kitchens. So they knew what to expect from the new.
Sunlight streams into this room through Large bay windows. Two polished timber steps lead to the deck area through folding glass doors, galley kitchen. “It’s not a problem ’ says Jennifer Buckley. “The key is to be well organized with plenty of cupboard space. A curved bullnose counter partially hides the kitchen from the rest of the room. It’s edged soften the lines of an otherwise rectangular space. But it was the bright curry-colored Formica benchtop that inspired the owner to use more color. As a result, the kitchen cupboards feature a palette of tangerine, lemon, lime and pale amber which blend with a deep contrasting aubergine. Consideration was also given to what colours worked best with the original paintings which hang along a long wall running the length of the room, creating the gallery-style space. “The bold use of color makes thekitchen itself look like a work of art. And the color-coding effect helps us remember where everything is kept,” says Buckley. To color them the To color them " the medium density fiberboard" (MDF) cupboards were given a lighter version of the original paint then a full-strength coat. They were then sealed with a scrubbable varnish for a translucent.”Medium density fiberboard”(MDF) cupboards were given a lighter version of the original paint then a full-strength coat. They were then sealed with a scrubbable varnish for a translucent.
The small galley kitchen is packed with deep cupboard space. Extra space for larger kitchen items is located under a hinged and cushioned L-shaped seating comer. The white framed painting on the kitchen wall grainy tone. Cupboard hinges have spring locks which open right back which are easy removal for cleaning or repainting. A stainless steel splashback on the back wall gives an illusion of depth. It has a reflective translucency similar to the cupboard paintwork. The nearby eight-seater dining table looks out on to a large exterior deck. This is accessible through folding glass doors which replaced part of an outside wall. The doors allow light to fill the dining/kitchen area, accentuating the gallery feel.
Two deep native timber steps on both sides of the deck doors match the interior timber polished floors. The steps are wide enough to seat several people comfortably. Located next to the kitchen, fitted L-shaped seating means the cook can chatto guests. Extra storage under the hinged seats provides space for extra kitchen items. “There’s always plenty of room for everyone and everything,” says Buckley. Integrated living spaces which combine color and lifestyle make for relaxed informal living, says architect Geoff Ward. ˝ The rest of the house seems to flow effortlessly around this area,˝ he says.