Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Kitchen Glow, Seamless Flow

A dark and pokey kitchen with an impractical layout has been given the Windemere magic touch, transformed into a light and breezy space with a seamless flow.

The space for this kitchen area was limited by a large, load bearing pole and high benchtop running through the centre of the area. A meals area next to the kitchen space was unused as there was already a dining room and outdoor dining space. The timber cupboards, black benchtops and dark red colours combined made the area seems small with a disjointed flow.

To open up the space and create a flow through the area, the layout was changed to a galley style kitchen with a large breakfast bar running along the length of the space.

Windemere Interiors designer Lindy Evans said while the size of the space was good, the original layout underutilised the full area. "There was a large kitchen space available, taking into account the unused meals area, but the high benchtop effectively cut the area in two, limiting bench space and without a breakfast bar," she said. "By creating one long, low breakfast bar, the area has been opened up with a seamless flow between the kitchen and other living areas."

The walk in pantry had a number of shelves with angled corners, making the space and its contents difficult to access. This area was gutted and replaced with wall mounted shelving and a benchtop with pull out shelving underneath.

To lighten the space and integrate with the living areas, a neutral white was used on the walls, benchtops and cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, pendant lights and glass splashbacks created a luxury finish.

The kitchen has had a magical transformation, from clunky and disjointed to glowing with a seamless flow.



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