How to create a monochromatic styled kitchen

A monochrome palette and sleek surfaces characterise the thoroughly modern revamp of this kitchen.

Bunnings magazine, July 2019

Ditch your dated cupboards

After cooking in the same space for more than two decades, Kathy and Stephen were ready for a new kitchen and had a crystal-clear picture of their needs. “I had advice from a consultant, who assisted with our layout and design, but after cooking in the same kitchen for 25 years, I was confident I knew which cabinets I wanted where,” says Kathy.

The couple ditched the rather dated pine cupboards in favour of moody black cabinetry, an on-trend choice that is balanced by the near-white benchtop and wall cabinets, all from Kaboodle. “We wanted to brighten up the space to make it feel bigger,” explains Kathy.

The striking result was achieved with assistance from family, who helped to install the kitchen. “It was a relatively smooth process,” says Kathy.

Ebony and ivory

Black-framed windows and doors are stylish options that echo the rest of the kitchen’s neat monochrome palette. Though the colours are quite strong – with Kaboodle cabinets in Black Olive and Oyster Mist– the result is calm and airy thanks to the pale wall cabinetry, benchtops and waterfall ends.

black and white kitchen

No space is wasted – here, a narrow cabinet makes use of the gap between appliances.

Hint of heritage

Though the modern style meets Kathy’s “sleek and functional” brief, a few features nod to the home’s original period style. A glass and chrome pendant light and decorative floor register add a layer of heritage detail.

Top tip

When planning your storage needs for a new kitchen, count up everything you wish to accommodate, from crockery and pantry items to cookware, storage containers and benchtop appliances, to calculate the space you need – and then add about 20 per cent for contingencies.

monochrome kitchen

Extending the benchtop beyond the cabinetry creates an overhang, perfect as a breakfast bar.

Sleek profile

Keeping cabinetry details to a minimum allows subtler elements, such as the laminate benchtops, to shine. Using the same Almond Brittle laminate on the benchtop and splashback has a seamless look. “Kaboodle’s laminate splashbacks can be placed behind a gas cooktop when used with our calcium silicate board – a cement sheeting designed to provide a heat-resistant barrier,” explains Lisa Mayski of Kaboodle. Check the required distances between a cooktop and splashback with a licensed tradesperson.

white kitchen bench with utensils and plant

Beauty on the inside

Home owner Kathy, put a lot of thought into the kitchen’s internal mechanisms. Every inch of cupboard space has been utilised, including handy pull-out pantry configurations, as with this cabinet near the stovetop, which keeps items like olive oil and seasonings on hand for the cook.

Tip: Glossy surfaces are a good choice when you want to enhance the light factor in any room.

Storage solutions

The U-shaped layout the couple mapped out features ample storage, mostly below bench height. Internal fittings, including pull-out baskets and drawer inserts, are the modest stars of the space, giving the functionality Kathy craved. “I wanted cutlery inserts so I could have a home for everything,” she explains.

kitchen storage drawer

“My must-have features included no handles, so I chose push-to-open drawers and cabinets” Kathy, home owner.

Dishes duty

A black composite sink makes a strong style statement.

black sink from bunnings

High contrast

Design your dream kitchen with Kaboodle’s 3D kitchen planner, or speak to one of our expert team members at your local Bunnings.

Photo credit: Armelle Habib.

kitchen 03:21

Planning & Projects How to redesign and update a kitchen There are plenty of ways to transform your kitchen for a fresher feel. Learn how to create a beautiful, updated kitchen with this simple advice from Bunnings.

Kitchen 03:05

Planning & Projects Getting the right galley kitchen design for your home Long, narrow spaces are perfect for galley kitchen designs. We’ll show you how to design a modern galley kitchen that utilises space efficiently, with maximum storage and dining space. Find out more with Bunnings.

hampton kitchen

Ideas & Makeovers Hamptons sanctuary Bright, open and stylish are the hallmarks of the Hamptons Sanctuary. The island bench doubles as a workspace and breakfast bar, while the bamboo benchtops and window panel cupboards complete the look.

rejuventaed kitchen

Ideas & Makeovers Rejuvenated kitchen You don’t need a big budget to have a huge impact on your kitchen. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, tiles and cabinets, along with some new cabinet handles has given this tired kitchen a whole new lease on life.

budget kitchen 01:15

Ideas & Makeovers How to give your kitchen a makeover on a budget How to give your kitchen a makeover on a budget.

subway kitchen

Ideas & Makeovers Subway kitchen The U-shape design of this kitchen makes it easy to work in and provides plenty of workspace. The two-tone cabinetry makes a bold design statement that is neatly finished off with a stone benchtop with waterfall edges.

French industrial kitchen 01:10

Ideas & Makeovers French industrial kitchen You can transform a tired, outdated kitchen with some inspired French industrial style.

fresh start

Ideas & Makeovers Fresh start kitchen Simple but stylish changes make the Fresh Start kitchen ideal for the budget conscious.


Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pallet coffee table

Outdoor Living Five D.I.Y. ideas to update your outdoors Autumn is a great time of the year to tick off a few D.I.Y. projects from your to-do list. Here are a few good ideas to get you started.


Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.


Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.


Planting & Growing How to care for orchids Orchids are a low-maintenance flower that can be grown indoors or outside in a protected location. And, with a little care, they will provide you with lots of colour.


Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost any piece of furniture with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content