Warm timber-look and rugged concrete-look surfaces combine in dramatic family kitchen

Tea and scones, bucket and spade – some things are just made for each other. Here, warm oak-look Melamine meets concrete-look engineered stone to create drama in this substantial family kitchen.

Photography by: Grabb Photography, Jeremy Bright

Designed by Pauline Stockwell Design

From the designer:

DESIGN BRIEF

  • The owners wanted a new kitchen, surrounding living space and interior with a relaxed holiday and lodge feel.

SITUATION

The busy business couple with three children built this holiday home to escape from their busy work life. 

  • The holiday home is spacious and contemporary with main living areas upstairs to take advantage of beautiful lake views and dramatic snow-capped mountains.
  • The kitchen is centrally located in an expansive living space, which comprises two separate seating areas, a dining area together with the kitchen.

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DESIGN SOLUTION

  • Reflecting the stunning central plateau landscape, the kitchen makes a dramatic statement as it comes into view at the top of the stairs.
  • Use of warm and rich timber flooring and cabinetry provides vivid contrast with the rugged concrete engineered-stone selected for the island, benchtop and splashback; a contrast further emphasised by the jet-black handles, tapware, appliances and toe-kicks.
  • This palette is repeated in the scullery where much of the food is prepared along with ample storage provided by cupboards, drawers and freestanding shelving.
  • With three young boys, family life and activities are often focussed around the kitchen. Engineered stone provides tough, hard-wearing surfaces with the island and benchtop having slab ends to add a sense of scale.
  • A combination of David Trubridge pendant lights in a natural finish and Le Forge wire pendants in a copper finish, provide accent lighting which completes the natural, slightly rustic look.
  • At night this lighting imparts a warmth and glow evocative of a fine back-country lodge.
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Warm, rich timber flooring and cabinetry provides vivid contrast with the rugged concrete engineered-stone selected for the island, benchtop and splashback in this Pauline Stockwell-designed kitchen.

OUTCOME

  • The completed kitchen and scullery exemplify presence and scale while employing simplicity of design.
  • This pared-down natural décor leaves scope for further additions of colour and pattern from furnishings, fabrics and art, as the clients further develop their new home.
Aug 20, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Pauline Stockwell Design
Cabinetry hardware
Blum
Flooring
Aztec Oiled Wood Floor, from Creative Flooring
Sink
Hafele Blanco Subline Antracite
Oven, cooktop, ventilation
Fisher & Paykel
Wine fridge
Vintech Black
Cabinetry
Prime Melamine Sovereign Oak Woodgrain
Benchtops and splashback
Caesarstone Rugged Concrete
Lighting
David Trubridge and Le Forge
Taps
Waterware
Dishwasher
Fisher & Paykel Dish Drawers
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Finalist
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