Eclectic kitchen with traditional doors and modern metal tile splashback

Contemporary kitchen with traditional accents, a stainless steel tile splashback, and wood and painted cabinets and granite countertops by designer Kira Gray

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This eclectic, finely balanced aesthetic is by designer Kira Gray. The refrigerator, oven tower and lighting pelmet frame the large, central cooking space.

When a grand colonial home is ready for a kitchen update, it can be an opportunity to celebrate both the past and the present.

For this project, the owners wanted a lot improved connections to the dining and family rooms and, aesthetically, a contemporary kitchen with a traditional twist, an industrial influence and some bling.

In terms of flow, designer Kira Gray retained the kitchen's central positioning, removing walls and archways to lengthen and open up the space. New joinery and a timber floor were installed, says Gray.

"We moved the cooktop to the rear wall, mounted in the granite benchtop, and created a stand-out stainless steel tile splashback a perfect nod to the request for an industrial touch and some bling."

This reinvented kitchen by designer Kira Gray offers countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, gray
This reinvented kitchen by designer Kira Gray offers an easy flow to the living, dining and outdoor areas.

This element continues up to form the back of the glass-front upper display cabinets, making more of the feature. The drinks station at the other end of the space, near the dining area, has the same look.

"At one end, the stained ash pantry wall contrasts the crisp white cabinets and has ample storage for food and crockery."

To bring in a more traditional element, all the cabinetry has a classic bevelled frame door and drawer style.

The main servery, with the bar at one end, provides plenty of bench space. The breakfast bar's stained panels, skirtings, and posts link with the pantry wall opposite, defining the entry to the kitchen.

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This new kitchen in a traditional home by designer Kira Gray had to look good from all angles including the entry.

"Chromed-glass pendants pop' in front of the tilework," says Gray.

A window from the sink bench opens out to the pool area, as do doors from the dining area and also the breakfast bar.

Credit list

Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens
Drawer systems
Grass Nova Pro Deluxe, Grass Nova Pro Deluxe with crystal sides, Grass Nova Pro Delux Duowing
Splashback, rear of upper cabinets
Stainless steel tiles
Cubico brushed nickel from Katalog
LED spots under pelmet, sensor spots under display cabinets, door-sensor controlled LED spots to breakfast station, sensor-controlled LED ribbon lights
Bosch induction
Steam oven
Bosch Steamer
Panasonic Invertor
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Bevelled frame and panel doors in Resene Black White; Urethane matt-stained ash
Glacier granite from Stone Warehouse
Robertsons Soft
Posts and bar
Urethane matt-stained ash
Engineered timber
Fisher & Paykel, French door, ice/water; Delonghi glass front bar fridge
Bosch Pyrolitic single oven
Custom made, remote mount

Story by: Charles Moxham

17 Sep, 2015

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