Having started out as a kitchen designer, Katie knows how to make a statement in this part of the house. For the Houlihans she chose bold, dark cabinetry with a stunning marble waterfall benchtop and a chevron tiled splashback, and tied it all together with a clever lighting plan. To create the moody look her clients wanted, Katie used LEDs under the kitchen bench, under the top cabinet in the scullery and hidden among the rafters. She also added a track of spotlights on the top wall and aimed them in different directions to add subtle feature lighting. “Everyone thinks they need pendant lights in a kitchen but it’s not always necessary. There was enough happening here,” Katie explains.
Rather than disguising the scullery, Katie instead made a feature of it, painting it the same striking shade of Resene ‘Nocturnal’ as the kitchen to create a visual link and make the kitchen seem bigger than it is. Another clever move was putting an external door in the scullery to allow easy access between the laundry and the washing line. “She didn’t just make things look cool – she made the house work,” says Eden.
Brass or gold surfaces and accessories add warmth to a space and make it feel more contemporary.