heart of brass

Real Living (Australia) - - ROOMS -

Dare to boldly bare all with a su­per-min­i­mal kitchen that gets its wow fac­tor by com­bin­ing grey with brass. Tall banks of sim­ple cab­i­netry are fu­ture-proof chic and the is­land is an im­pres­sive spot for guests to hang out as you cook

THE TREND Think of this look as so­phis­ti­cated Scandi. Clean lines and a muted pal­ette ac­quire in­stant glam­our when they’re placed against gleam­ing brass. WHY IT WORKS Be­cause brass is such a stand-out ma­te­rial, you can keep all other el­e­ments in your kitchen sim­ple, which makes for fuss-free styling! Note how the de­signer of this kitchen has opted for plain, han­dle-free cabi­net doors and a low-pro­file in­duc­tion cook­top so that the is­land bench be­comes the kitchen’s star at­trac­tion.

TRY IT IF You’re a lover of sim­ple spa­ces and a self-con­fessed per­fec­tion­ist who prides your­self on clut­ter-free bench­tops! This kitchen in Stock­holm was de­signed as part of the con­ver­sion of an old em­bassy into an apart­ment. So, while it looks se­ri­ously mod­ern, it’s a great way to cre­ate a con­trast against the el­e­gant ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures found in many her­itage homes. SPLURGE ON Brass struc­tural el­e­ments.

SAVE ON Ac­ces­sories. This is a look that’s best kept sim­ple.

In this space, clas­sic meets con­tem­po­rary in a look that blends pan­elled cab­i­nets and mar­ble with mod­ern el­e­ments to bring a ca­sual el­e­gance into the heart of the home

THE TREND There’s no doubt about it, a white or pale grey kitchen that in­cor­po­rates nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als is a chic but safe choice. The new di­rec­tion in neu­tral kitchens looks to de­tails like leather door pulls to up­date pan­elled doors and is­land benches with fur­ni­ture-like de­tail­ing to give mar­ble bench­tops a new look. WHY IT WORKS The bright cab­i­nets are warmed up by the honey-coloured tim­bers and brass stools. Black legs on the is­land bench and black tap­ware help to an­chor the look. Note that there’s a good bal­ance of glossy and matte sur­faces in this kitchen. This keeps the over­all feel calm­ing.

TRY IT IF You want the best of both worlds: clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary.

SPLURGE ON A cus­tom-de­signed is­land bench that will be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion. SAVE ON The sink! If you’re go­ing for an un­der­mount sink that is mostly hid­den, an in­ex­pen­sive op­tion will do the job.

Based in Stock­holm, Richard Lind­vall’s de­sign work spans from in­te­ri­ors to pho­tog­ra­phy and graphic de­sign. Al­though his style could be de­scribed as min­i­mal, Richard of­ten uses ma­te­ri­als with nat­u­ral tex­tures to add warmth and glam­our. He also de­signs fur­ni­ture and fit­tings for his in­te­ri­ors, making each project unique. Richardlind­vall.com MEET THE DE­SIGNER

FROM LEFT Smeg 50s style toaster in Chrome, $199, Har­vey Nor­man. All-Clad cop­per core 10-Piece cook­ware set, $1900, Wil­liams-Sonoma. Miele “KM 6349” flush-mount in­duc­tion cook­top, $3499, 8Ap­pli­ances. DA 2270 ex­trac­tor unit, $1699, Miele. Round tin in Brass (12cm di­am­e­ter), $38, Lightly. Bloom­ingville alu­minium tray in Brushed Gold (40cm di­am­e­ter), $220, Clickon Fur­ni­ture. Brass bot­tle opener, $32.50, Lightly. Franke “An­cona” un­der­mount sink (51cm x 43cm), $305, Reece. Vola “KV1” kitchen mixer, $1368, Syd­ney Tap And Bath­roomware. Ca­lypso tall bar stool in Brass, $355, Bee­line De­sign.

Colours and fin­ishes

FROM LEFT Polytech Valchro­mat cabi­net doors in Grey Raw. The Ar­chi­tect Col­lec­tion “Her­ringone Block” tim­ber floor­ing, $110 a sq m, Royal Oak Floors. Du­lux Wash&Wear paint in Lex­i­con, $71.90 for 4L.

TOP LEFT Oliv­eri dou­ble bowl un­der­mount sink (78.5cm x 45.5cm), $822, The Good Guys. Varv clamp spotlight in Brass, $45, Ikea. ABOVE FROM LEFT

Mar­ble look salad bowl, $24.95, Har­vey Nor­man. Anki serv­ing set in Grey, $49.95, CO:Home. Elec­trolux “EHG953SA” 90cm gas cook­top, $848, The Good

Guys. H 2661 B CleanS­teel 60cm oven, $1999, Miele. Bar­ton mar­ble serv­ing board, $69.95, Coun­try Road. Ferm Liv­ing “Hexagon” bot­tle opener, $48,

Amara. Mizu “Drift” sink mixer in Black, $362, Reece. RF610ADUSX5 614L French door fridge (90cm x 1.79m x 73cm), $3599, Fisher & Paykel.

Colours and fin­ishes

FROM LEFT Car­rara honed mar­ble in White/Cream, from $250 a sq m, SNB Stone. Co­rian bench­top in Glacier White, from $165 a sq m. Senso Life­style Tim­ber clear vinyl sheet floor­ing, $57.20 a m (3m wide), Bun­nings. Ka­boo­dle 300mm “Coun­try” cabi­net door in Nougat Truf­fle, $89.23, Bun­nings.

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