A modern family kitchen with an island, in white and timber veneer, by Ryan Designer Homes

Light and dark, warm and cool the design and materials in this clean-lined contemporary kitchen create the visual drama
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A simple palette of white and timber give this modern kitchen a clean-lined look. The waterfall end on the kitchen island is cut off before it reaches the floor, giving it a floating look. A Navlam timber veneer upstand appears to protrude through the engineered stone benchtop on the island. In place of a traditional splashback, there is a window looking into a courtyard.

When you have a picturesque outlook, it makes sense to maximise it. For this canal-side house, it's the attractive water view and leafy surroundings that draw the eye.

The living areas in the house, which were designed by architectural designer Trevor Reitsma, wrap around a central court. Reitsma says stipulating a galley-style layout on the west wall of the house ensures the kitchen offers a vantage point with views in all directions. It also allows a seamless integration of the living spaces, as required by the owners and builders, Pat and Petrina Ryan of Ryan Designer Homes.

"I never isolate a kitchen," says Petrina Ryan, who designed the kitchen and interior. "This kitchen pulls in natural materials as reflected throughout the home, and follows the consistent design theme of simple, clean lines and flush surfaces."


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kitchen close with cookingspace on left and workspace on right

Ryan says the design was also influenced by the elements, earth, wind, fire and water.

"The mirrored wall and front of the island reflect the light and enhance the airy feel of the interior. They also reflect the water and greenery, so they can be enjoyed from all parts of the living room. A long, low window in place of a splashback allows a view of a planted courtyard landscape between the boundary and the house. The window is replicated by an identical low window at the bottom of the mirrored wall."

Nature also influenced the choice of dark timber veneer cabinetry, which is contrasted by crisp white lacquered cabinets and white engineered stone benchtops. A dark timber veneer upstand appears to protrude through the benchtop on the semi-cantilevered island, enhancing its sculptural look.

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The overhead cabinets in this modern white kitchen are scored so the three doors look like six, which matches the drawers on the lower cabinets. In place of a traditional splashback, there is a window looking into a courtyard.

"I always like to have a floating element in a kitchen," says Ryan. "Keeping cabinets off the floor enhances the feeling of space and introduced an architectural element. Practicality is also assured by ample storage."

Aug 06, 2012
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