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More than ever, the modern kitchen is the centre of family life: as much a homework hub as prep space, heart of the home and party central. But there’s no reason a kitchen that has to work hard can’t look good doing it. The new modern look is all about balance: cool but not clinical, warm but not folksy, exemplified by this edgy but enduring family kitchen, designed and built by the team at Kaboodle.
Natural timber – or products that flawlessly imitate it – brings organic appeal to a modern kitchen design and is having a design moment. “We’re seeing a resurgence of timber-look cabinetry shining through in modern design schemes,” says Briony Mikrou of Kaboodle.
Here, ‘Modern’ profile cabinets in Hazelnut V replicate the warmth and character of real timber, complete with knots and complex grain, with relaxed contrast provided by neutral-toned base cabinets in Feta Whip.
Any kitchen needs great storage but a family zone demands more than most. Tall cupboards positioned around one corner of the room deliver plenty. Opposite, base cabinetry brings essential drawer space, with overhead timber-look cabinetry adding stylishly to the storage quota.
The concealed storage is complemented by twin towers of open shelving and a winning move in terms of display: Kaboodle’s 900mm steel wall shelves in black, mounted to the ceiling. This has the added benefit of defining the kitchen within an open-plan space without boxing it in, “to maximise a sense of openness and space,” Briony explains.
The Kaboodle team achieved synchronicity with the Hazelnut laminate benchtops a perfect match for the Hazelnut V wall cabinetry, a seamless look offset by black elements such as the Kaboodle ‘Plaza’ handles, sink and shelves.
Another advantage of these durable and cost-effective benchtops is that they are can be customised to accommodate in-bench knife blocks, cutting boards and just about any design quirk a hard-working family space demands.
This desk nook acknowledges the way everyday life tends to centre around the kitchen, allowing for dinner prep that overlaps with study chats, online research and recipe checks. This pocket office was designed as a separate space that works in tandem with the kitchen and incorporates Kaboodle’s new under cabinet LED panel lighting, which is cleverly designed to diffuse the light source.
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