Lime green and charcoal cabinetry creates a crisp look in this modern kitchen

A vibrant colour scheme, dedicated drinks drawers and layered worksurfaces make this kitchen an entertainer's dream

Contrasting metallic lime green and charcoal cabinetry faces countertop, interior design, kitchen, gray
Contrasting metallic lime green and charcoal cabinetry faces are balanced by the natural warmth of a hand-crafted raised oak countertop in this stand-out kitchen makeover by Chris Moore, managing director of Mackay Kitchens.

Often in a design there's one leading element that draws the eye. In this contemporary kitchen, a feature is the eye-catching splashes of green but that's only one wow factor of many.

This kitchen's the hub of a renovated family home and the brief called for a high spec kitchen with plenty of features to impress, says designer Chris Moore, managing director at Mackay Kitchens (MKS).

"The owners often do their entertaining around the kitchen bench' so they wanted this to accommodate casual social gatherings as well as informal family meal times," Moore says.

In response, the island and benchtop have prominence in the design. The expansive solid oak benchtop provides table space while the lower granite bench behind allows for food prep to be done by the hosts while chatting to guests. The raised front bench features crafted finger joints and offers a warm counterpoint to the vibrant lacquered lime green seen on the island, rear cabinetry and internal pantry bench. The balance of the cabinetry is a deep charcoal.

Kitchen designer Chris Moore introduced a generous corner countertop, interior design, kitchen, gray, black
Kitchen designer Chris Moore introduced a generous corner pantry with bifold doors for appliances and food storage into this kitchen project. This has a lime green countertop that matches other splashes of green in the design.

"As storage was important in this kitchen, we created the large step-in pantry in the corner to house small appliances as well as food."

However the bulk of the storage comes from the bank of under-counter drawers to the rear that runs almost the full width of the kitchen. Bathed in natural light from the windows, the benchtop in this area is in practical stainless steel.

Again with a mind to entertaining, there are two electric push-to-open drawers at the front of the island. These were custom built to house wine glasses and tumblers, with internal LED lighting included as added extravagance.

"Another unusual element in this design is the corner countertop cabinet," says Moore. "This operates like a sash window when you raise one panel, the other moves too, meaning only two shelves are seen at any one time. The arrangement means you can swap from display shelves to storage shelves with one action."

Storage aplenty a bank of deep under-counter drawers countertop, interior design, kitchen, real estate, white, gray
Storage aplenty a bank of deep under-counter drawers on this kitchens perimeter cabinetry is matched by further drawer space on the inner side of the island.

A wine fridge and utility nook also had to be included and these are tucked behind a newly installed wing wall to the side of the workspace.

"Overall, this kitchen achieves a generous, welcoming feel and the tall mirrored toekicks under the rear run of cabinets add to the overall sense of spaciousness," says Moore. "The feature lighting cluster positioned at one end of the island was designed by the owner."

Credit list

Chris Moore,
Ceramic tile from Brymac Tiles
White tile
Nobili Acquerelli spout from Burns & Ferrall
Wine fridge
Vintec from Kitchen Things
MDF with spray lacquer, high gloss metallic finish
Granite in Moonbeam; American white oak solid timber; stainless steel
UGE Lighting
Kitchen sink
Blanco Subline; Panama Food Prep Centre by Burns & Ferrall
Miele, integrated, from Kitchen Things
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

22 Apr, 2017

Pocket systems for new space concepts

Home kitchen bathroom commercial design

We know the Specialists

Related Book

Nz3302 Minicover - architecture | building | cottage architecture, building, cottage, facade, home, house, property, real estate, roof, blue, white

The design of your home is the result of your style preference, your requirements – and the influences of your site. The...

Read More

Similar Stories