White and wood kitchen with furniture-like island and plenty of storage and display shelving

Two-tone kitchen by designer John Saliba with large island, engineered oak floor and stainless steel appliances

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A furniture-like island with corner detailing and a deep stone benchtop greets family and visitors when entering this modest, inviting new kitchen part of a whole-house renovation by Rosenthal Munckton Shields.

Introducing a new kitchen into a traditional home often requires a balance between relaxed, cosy warmth and contemporary functionality.

This kitchen forms part of a comprehensive renovation of an 1860s Victorian terrace house by designer John Saliba of Rosenthal Munckton Shields. The front rooms and historic facade were retained but the rear has been stripped out and extended, with the new kitchen now at the heart of the home, says Saliba.

"As such, the kitchen had to be sunny, warm and welcoming, and we took several steps to achieve this. An attractive corner window onto a light court together with a glass roof section, ensures the space is filled with light."

As the island is one of the first things visible from the hall, he gave this an approachable, furniture-like quality with decorative pilasters and a deep stone benchtop much like a rustic freestanding butcher's block.

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White undulating tiles on the splashback add brightness and texture to the design. Perimeter cabinetry, island cupboards and drawers, and open shelving mean there is plenty of room for storage. The crockery and benchtop elements bring splashes of green to the predominantly white and wood colour palette. Ventilation is integrated into the cabinetry.

"A darker colour choice on the island also separates it from the white painted wall cabinetry, making it seem even more like an individual piece of furniture," says Saliba.

And for similar reason, there is no sink or any appliances installed on the island these are all relegated to the perimeter of the kitchen.

The simple, shallow panels on the cabinets have a transitional feel. Together with the many drawers and cupboards in the island, these offer extensive storage, including a pantry with fold-out and retracting doors beside the cooktop.

There is also open display shelving above the refrigerator and a wall-hung shelf unit over the sink to display the owners' favourite crockery, adding another rustic touch to the design.

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This new kitchen opens to a new family room, which in turn opens to the rear yard. The wood floors look lived on a rustic touch but are actually brand new, stained in a light satin finish that didnt detract from the character of the wood.

The ceiling in the open-plan kitchen, the adjacent meals area and in the family room is finished in painted Regency lining boards adding to the required country kitchen accent.

"While the colour palette is fairly restrained, this is balanced by an emphasis on texture," says the designer. "The splashback is in tactile, undulating tiles and new oak floors laid throughout have only been given a light satin finish with the knots and grains adding visual texture to the design."

Despite the rustic accent, the modest-sized kitchen includes every modern convenience. For example, a USB port and power socket are conveniently yet discreetly tucked under the island benchtop.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
John Saliba, Rosenthal Munckton & Shields
Whelan Master Builder
Window/door hardware
Polished chrome knobs from Designer Doorware
Formed stainless steel and Carrara marble from CDK Stone
Paint, Dulux
Bianco Lucido ceramic tile from Signorino Tile Gallery
Hansgrohe from E & S Trading
Qasair from E & S Trading
Interior designer
Jo Archibald,
Kitchen manufacturer
MDF, painted, satin finish
Be Floored engineered oak floorboards
LED downlights
Kitchen sink
Custom-formed stainless steel within benchtop
Oven, cooktop, dishwasher
Miele from E & S Trading

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Andrew Ashton

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