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Rustic touches and contemporary elements come together in this practical family kitchen
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The view of a rural styled kitchen

Country-style elements introduced to a kitchen renovation needn't dominate the decor. Traditional touches can underscore modern materials and appliances, providing contrast and a sense of permanence.

The brief for this kitchen was to create an open, light-filled space that complemented the existing home's generous scale, says designer Tim Nees.

"The owners also wanted a rural touch to the kitchen, that steered well clear of twee," says Nees. "Several rustic elements were introduced and balanced against some strong contemporary features."


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The detail of rural styled kitchen cabinetry

Distinctive rural-style cabinetry fronts are created from closely spaced dowelling rods. These provide an effective fae§ade while still allowing glimpses of the cabinetry interiors.

Rustic cabinetry handles, a traditional butlers sink and willow storage baskets all contribute to the country kitchen look.

"One of the most distinctive rural elements is the distempered finishes on the cabinetry," says Nees." These have an old-world, hand-crafted feel about them."

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The view of a renovated kitchen

The oven, adjacent benchtops and large refrigerator provide modern contrast to these rural touches. A concrete island benchtop with a sculptural light fitting above it adds further contem-porary elements.

With a tall stud featuring throughout the rest of the home, it was important that the kitchen was kept to scale. An open-plan design means the new space retains the same ceiling height as other rooms. The large stainless steel splashback also works to the scale of the greater space as do the vertical lines of the cabinetry's dowelling fronts.

"This is a working family kitchen and the stainless steel and concrete benchtops provide easy-to-clean, enduring work surfaces," Nees says.

Aug 23, 2004

Credit list

Main contractor
MT Stevens Construction
Cabinetry
Finger-jointed pine with dowel insert panels; paint finish from Quo Vadis Paint Effects
Flooring
Recycled kauri floorboards
Mixer
Atriflow
Stove
Ilve stand alone
Lighting
ECC Lighting
Benchtops
Jarra from Kings IVth Generation Woodworking Company, stainless steel from Mercer, in situ concrete from Phil Bartley Contractor
Basket drawers
Willow storage baskets from Heather Shaw
Sink
Corian butler’s sink
Microwave
Panasonic
Refrigerator
GE
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