Pleasing proportions

Simple forms and a pared-back palette transformed a tired kitchen into a sleek, functional space with a sense of symmetry
Story by: Lori Nims
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View of kitchen featuring large island, dark-stained oak cabinetry, oak flooring, white benchtops, appliances, lighting, white stools.

A clean, simple palette can impart a crisp look for any room. By paring back to a few strong colours, forms can take prominence.

This kitchen was part of a renovation project, but there was no need to change its position. In centre of the house with a two-storey atrium soaring above it, the location was ideal, but the decor was tired and off-balance.

Kitchen designer Morgan Cronin created a clean-lined, contemporary design, emphasising symmetry and limiting the palette to white and brown, with accents from stainless steel appliances.

"Matching the lengths of the island and the back wall was also important, to give the kitchen a more balanced look," Cronin says.


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Exterior view of kitchen from the outdoor area with bifold doors and featuring an atrium with large skylight.

Enveloped in Corian, the island has a solid appearance. It is extra wide, with storage on both sides. A central section cut out for seating sits on legs at the same level as the lower line of the cupboards, so the whole island looks as if it is floating.

Corian was also used to mould a large, seamless box containing the cooktop and work space on the back wall.

"Because there are no joints to trap dirt, the box is easy to keep clean," Cronin says.

The designer took care to match the lines of the elements, to help the eye register how the forms are in harmony. For example, the unbroken line of upper cupboards across the back wall streamlines the space and makes it look wider.

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View of kitchen featuring large island, dark-stained oak cabinetry, oak flooring, white benchtops, appliances, lighting and a large clock on the wall.

A walk-in pantry is hidden behind an almost invisible door beside a coffee-maker and microwave. The door folds inwards to reveal a generous space with a U-shaped benchtop large enough to prepare food. Additional storage is provided in a second, 600mm-deep pantry next door.

New aluminium bifold doors bring in the view and open to link to the outdoors.

Aug 28, 2009

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Cronin Kitchens
Cabinetry
American oak with grey wash stain
Ovens
Fisher & Paykel; Miele combination microwave from Kouzina
Refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel
Splashbacks, benchtops and sink
Corian from Benchworks
Waste disposal
InSinkErator from Kouzina
Accessories
Jewel Bol fruit bowl by Christopher Metcalfe from Essenze; Dualit toaster from Award Appliances; Karlsson clock from Macy's, Ponsonby
Flooring
American oak white stained by CTC Flooring
Lighting
Lumen Design
Cooktop
Miele from Kouzina
Dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers
Taps
Dornbracht Elio from Metrix
Ventilation
Gaggenau from Kouzina
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