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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A black composite sink makes a strong style statement.
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.