Spacious kitchen with reflective splashback and large walk-in scullery

Framed panelling, simple crown mouldings and pilasters on the island all feature in this kitchen by designer Kyla Hunt of Carlielle Kitchens

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A dark splashback, charcoal grey island benchtop and lime-washed oak floors contrast white cabinetry in this kitchen by Carlielle Kitchens.

It makes sense to match a kitchen to the style of the home, but there's no need to be exact. To add a contemporary accent to a classic design, all it takes is a textural surface or a bold contrast.

With understated framed panelling, simple crown mouldings and pilasters on the island, this kitchen by designer Kyla Hunt of Carlielle Kitchens works in well in its traditional surroundings. Here, the choice of contrasting dark and light tones adds a modern appeal, she says.

"The charcoal grey island benchtop works well with the dark lime-washed oak floor and the white cabinetry stands out against them."

Another modern touch is the reflective tile splashback in the kitchen and walk-in scullery.

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A mirror splashback and uniform grey tones give this bar area a quiet, furniture-like aesthetic.

"These dramatic 3m x 1m Laminam Filo Ghisa porcelain ceramic tiles have a textural surface and are easy to keep clean the large format avoids the need for joins, where dirt could be trapped in the grouting," says Hunt.

The kitchen is beside the dining area and adjacent to that is a dedicated bar. This unit is in a similar cabinet style to the kitchen but with an all-grey finish and a mirror splashback to achieve the furniture-like look the owners wanted. The splashback brings the additional benefit of reflecting light, mitigating the effect of the dark cabinetry and grey benchtop. The latter is a match for the bench on the island, and helps to tie everything together.

The scullery is effectively a back kitchen. For a large family with several teenagers, this feature makes it easy for everyone to be cooking or prepping or baking at the same time. The front kitchen is used for family meals, but when the owners entertain, prepping and cooking are relegated to the rear work space. Both areas are equipped with refrigeration, sinks, cooktops and rangehoods, and the clean lines of these appliances provide another contemporary accent in the design.

"The owners' collection of pottery and artefacts was displayed by introducing a glass-fronted cabinet in the main kitchen and open shelving in the scullery," says Hunt. "The floating shelves either side of the front cooktop are mainly for display, whereas the open cabinets in the scullery are more about speedy access.

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The open door to the scullery shows that similar cabinetry flows throughout the space in this project by Carlielle Kitchens. While open shelving allows speedy access behind the scenes, cabinetry seen from the living spaces is used for display. Stainless steel appliances work well in the two-tone design. The limed oak floors that run through most of the interior inspired the high-contrast colour scheme.

"The stainless steel benchtop in the scullery is a change from work surfaces elsewhere. Its Linen finish is pleasing to touch, gives a seamless look and resists scrapes and scratches.

"Taken together, the kitchen, scullery and bar are crisp and clean, with a contemporary classic look. Touches such as the cupboard to one side of the island and the single grey cabinet in the scullery, contribute to the individual, casual style the owners wanted."

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Kyla Hunt NKBA, Carlielle Kitchens (Auckland)
Framed profile door with satin lacquer finish
Laminam – Filo Ghisa ceramic tile by Laminex in kitchen; painted glass in Black Sand by Image Glass to scullery; grey antiqued, aged mirror by Image Glass for bar
Burns & Ferrall, Häfele
Oven, refrigeration
Fisher & Paykel
Water dispenser
Lime-washed oak from Forte Flooring
Kitchen manufacturer
Carlielle Kitchens
Caesarstone in Raven for kitchen island and bar; Caesarstone Snow on other kitchen benchtops; stainless steel in Linen finish in scullery
Plumbline, Schwan, Häfele
Waste disposal
Fisher & Paykel, Miele
LED lighting by Superlux, Hanging pendants by CC Interiors

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