Green tile splashback creates a natural feel in this affordable kitchen

Emerald green tiles, kauri plywood cabinets and black melamine cabinets combine to create an attractive tonal composition in this modest kitchen

Negative detailing on these under-bench cabinets give the architecture, countertop, floor, flooring, house, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, wood flooring, gray, black
Negative detailing on these under-bench cabinets give the countertops a floating quality. Rather than being hidden away, the walk-in pantry is designed to stand out as a strong black sculptural form.

Creating a modern kitchen that stands up to the rigours of family life while at the same time offering a sleek presence for entertaining is a common balancing act required of a designer. For this project, by Sam Elliot of architecture design and build firm Box, choice of materials was key to achieving this all on a modest budget.

"Sticking to the original budget was a must on this design so a canny use of materials for maximum impact was a must," says Elliot. "We approached this by combining affordable MDF panelling, with stainless steel benchtops and a limited use of Fijian kauri cabinet fronts.

"To minimise costs, we avoided a waterfall end on the island benchtop while the beautiful, warm, textural kauri is only used on the most prominent elements on the front of the island and upper perimeter cabinetry," she says.

An oak-overlay floor grounds this kitchen by designer countertop, interior design, kitchen, product design, real estate, room, white
An oak-overlay floor grounds this kitchen by designer Sam Elliot.

Black melamine cabinetry in a matte finish provides a pleasing contrast to the rich kauri. Negative detail pulls on the cabinet drawers and door handles adds to a minimalist look and also creates the effect of floating benchtops.

"The slim nature of the benchtops also adds a sleek, refined elegance to the kitchen," says the designer. "To continue the streamlined feel, the range hood is integrated into the cabinetry."

All the materials specified by Elliot are both attractive and durable, and the splashback a feature of the design is definitely no exception.

Kauri plywood is combined with contrasting black melamine architecture, cabinetry, countertop, floor, flooring, glass, hardwood, house, interior design, kitchen, real estate, room, wood, wood flooring, gray
Kauri plywood is combined with contrasting black melamine in this kitchen.

"The striking tiled splashback brings pattern and shine to the design and its emerald tones are reflected in the alloy benchtops."

In terms of looking smart for dinner guests, the matt black cabinetry to the side conceals a walk-in pantry with plenty of shelving helping to keep the kitchen clutter free. A full-height wine rack and substantial double-door fridge also cater to the couple's love of entertaining.

Credit list

Sam Elliot, Box Living
Oak overlay from
Emerald tiles, sourced by owner
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) – Kitchens – Highly Commended
Fijian Kauri plywood and black Melteca
Stainless steel
Recessed, from Light Plan
Kitchen sink
Rocket Hardware
Cooktop and oven

Story by: Charles Moxham

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