Kitchen on the move

Re­work your home’s floor plan and achieve magic re­sults

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - November Contents -

have you ever sat back and thought, gee, the kitchen is re­ally in the wrong room? You’re not alone! Take in­spi­ra­tion from this ren­o­va­tion where the clunky old kitchen was de­mol­ished and re­placed by a new model – con­structed from scratch – fur­ther along the nar­row floor plan. The out­come?

A strik­ing black, white and brass in­stal­la­tion you can learn from, set among pe­riod ceil­ing de­tail­ing, chan­de­liers and fab­u­lous timber floors.

1 If you have an orig­i­nal fire­place,

draw all eyes to it with a coat of near-black paint. To achieve this look, prime then paint the man­tel­piece in Du­lux Aqua­namel in Max­imus. Up the over­all im­pact by coat­ing the sur­round­ing walls and is­land bench in the same dra­matic hue.

2 You’ll achieve a graphic scheme

by off­set­ting the dark and moody room fea­tures with all­white cabi­netry, main walls and or­nate ceil­ings. Take note how the brass splash­back and glitzy chan­de­liers el­e­vate this room to grand heights.

3 When you’re en­ter­tain­ing,

the kitchen quickly be­comes the hotspot to gather, so set up a mir­ror-topped drinks buf­fet nearby, loaded with all the ne­ces­si­ties.

6 While in the plan­ning stage, aim to align new and old de­sign el­e­ments (demon­strated here with the chan­de­liers, is­land bench and art­work) so your kitchen is strik­ingly beau­ti­ful from ev­ery an­gle.

7 The old kitchen

was re­moved and is now a use­ful ex­ten­sion of the small bed­room space.

8 The un­usual floor plan

of this flat lands one of the two en­try doors by the kitchen. De­sign note: if your room oozes clas­sic charm, choose a door with tra­di­tional de­tail­ing.

9 Out of sight,

but not out of mind, a but­ler’s pantry is ideal for host­ing your fridge, a sec­ondary sink and wal­l­loads of open shelving.

10 In the splash zone, com­ple­ment DIY cabi­netry (here, from Ka­boo­dle Kitchen) with a sen­sa­tional splash­back. This 1.2mmthick brass panel, fit­ted to a ply sub­strate, will de­velop a gor­geous patina as it ages.

11 Hide your reg­u­larly used ap­pli­ances –

think mi­crowave, toaster and ket­tle – be­hind the closed doors of a handy ap­pli­ance cen­tre. PS, plan to have your elec­tri­cian in­stall power out­lets in­side the cab­i­net.

12 Pro­vide open shelving

with a book­case fit­ted to one side of the is­land bench. Be­fore paint­ing, run a router around the out­side edge of the balustrade frame for a rounded fin­ish, if de­sired.

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