Formal cabinet door style toned down by rustic design elements

Large country-style kitchen by Berloni New Zealand TIDA award winning design

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When is a pilaster not just a pilaster? When its also a handy concealed spice and oils rack. A Berloni Pietra Grey marble block sink adds to this large kitchens rural accent.

A formal leading cabinetry element in a rural home might seem at odds with the environment, but there are ways to achieve a sense of balance.

For this kitchen in a new extension, the clients wanted something special for both the kitchen and the surrounding living areas, says designer Rachele Simmons-Taling of Berloni New Zealand.

"They're a fairly casual family, living on a beautiful lifestyle block, but both clients had a love for the formal traditional kitchen and hearth," says the designer. "In response, we chose the Berloni GranGala cabinet door style, but the rest of the kitchen had to be carefully designed to tone it down and deformalise' it, to match the rustic, relaxed setting.

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While this large kitchens panelled cabinet style is decidedly formal, the designer chose more toned down, distressed-look pull handles to soften its impact. The warm grey of the island is balanced by crisp white perimeter cabinetry. Niche shelves at the end of the side cabinetry provide ideal spaces to display objects and artworks

"We approached this in a few ways. One was the choice of the French country lattice work on the front of the island and upper cabinetry. And we introduced a square edge on the marble countertops to add a subtle contemporary accent to the classic door.

"In addition, bronze tapware was chosen rather than the stainless more often teemed with the GranGala. The bronze is less pronounced."

The tile splashback is another stand-out kitchen feature introduced by Simmons-Taling.

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In this kitchen, the tongue & groove treatment on the ceiling is repeated on the sides of the island and in the scullery.

"I contacted Pratt & Larson, a bespoke tile company in Oregon, USA, to fabricate the tiles for the splashback. These are hand-crafted, watercolour tiles with a colour scheme purposefully chosen not to match the cabinetry, but rather to complement it and bring the earthy tones of the outdoors into the interior space."

The wider room adds to the country flavour. Rustic barnwood flooring was selected to complement the ceiling design by Simmons-Taling.

"The ceiling's tongue & groove panelling, beamwork and X beams bring a very American family look to the space as well," she says.

Credit list

Rachele Simmons-Taling, Berloni New Zealand
Berloni GranGala door style; perimeter cabinetry finished in Bianco Argento matt lacquer; island and scullery in Tortora Argento matt lacquer
Benchtops and kitchen sink
Pietra Grey marble from Berloni
Lume Design
Cooktop, oven
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Winner
Bruce Goodland, Jet Building
Rustic American Oak hardwood in herringbone pattern by Swinard Wooden Floors
Nobili from Berloni
Miele, Fisher & Paykel

Story by: Charles Moxham

23 Jun, 2016

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