Relaxed kitchen celebrates traditional tones and minimalist cabinetry

Not sure what surface looks best where in your kitchen? Try looking to the surroundings. This kitchen with textured granite countertops is an exercise in making great material connections.

Photography by: Wayne Tait

Designed by Rachele Simmons-Taling, Berloni New Zealand

Design challenges:

The clients are not formal entertainers but host casual get-togethers frequently meaning the new space had to suit both their calm personal lifestyle as well as large gatherings of friends/ family.

They needed to feel comfortable, relaxed, and “at home” for both needs.


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Classic tones meet modern, minimalist touches like recessed drawer pulls in the Berloni design.

Design solutions:

For a serene, relaxed atmosphere and traditional tonal look, we chose the soft colour palette of a pale, warm beige for the minimal styled cabinetry and light oak flooring.

Their adjacent furnishings were dark chocolate leather, so we mimicked that colour on the wall cabinetry, plinth, island pendant and legs, tying those spaces together.

We married the stainless appliances with the grey concrete block wall of the lounge fireplace tying those cool tones together.

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The semi-industrial patinated metal rangehood is a feature of the kitchen, tying in with the stainless steel appliances and a concrete surface in the adjacent room.

This coupled nicely with the metal patinated hood, which has the same beige matt lacquer as cabinetry then a dark grey wire-brushing effect on top.

Finally, the Matarrzo stone tied all the coloured elements together with its cream base, beige and grey veining throughout.

We chose the leathered rough finish to the stone for textural interest and a closer-to-nature feel.

Jul 09, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Rachele Simmons-Taling, Berloni New Zealand
Benchtops
20mm Matarazzo leathered granite with 40mm mitred side waterfalls on island; and 20mm Matarazzo leathered granite mitred waterfall on perimeter bench, from Universal Granite and Marble, fabricator AGB Stone
Lighting
Kitchen island pendant – Sweet 16 LED strip powder-coated finish; Kitchen ceiling – Starlight recessed spots in White finish; dining pendant – Vorona hand-blown glass bulbs in custom cluster; Kitchen cabinet – LED strip powdercoated finish, all from Coombes & Gabbie
Taps
Taps: Brand/Supplier Nobili Flag single lever mixer in Chrome by Berloni
Cooktop
Award 70cm Smart Sense induction cooktop, from Kitchen Things
Refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel 522L French door stainless steel fridge-freezer
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended
Cabinetry
Base & tall cabinetry, with channel system, Sahara Matt Lacquer; wall cabinetry, Sign Glass and Brown Matt Lacquer plinth, all by Berloni
Flooring
Nature's Oak wood flooring in finish Sierra
Kitchen sink
Aquis Cube stainless flush mount single bowl sink with colander and draining basket, from Burns & Ferrall
Ovens
Asko Craft series stainless pyrolytic multifunction single oven; Asko Craft series stainless combi-micro wall oven, from Kitchen Things
Rangehood
Grey Sahara metal patinated matt lacquer with Elica insert, by Berloni
Dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel stainless steel double Dishdrawer
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