Australia Kitchen and Bathroom Trends AU Kitchen and Bathroom Trends Vol. 30/8 - Page 42

Above: Black and white benchtops and bases are inverted on the island and perimeter cabinetry. These colours are also seen in the black doors and white walls in the circulation corridor and bathrooms. Between the doors to the butler’s pantry and the white double doors to the study is a niche that is used as a drinks station. The rear benchtop is used for prepping and cooking, wit h cleanup relegated to the butler’s pantry. 40 The expansive family living and kitchendining area at the back of the home has several French doors and windows that open to the garden. With so much focus on the outdoors, this space is understated and light on detail, with white walls. There are no crown mouldings on the ceiling, and connections between the rooms and the niches in the kitchen are also clean lined. Exceptions to this are the high skirting boards. This traditional touch is continued from the front rooms, as are the ornate mouldings on most doors and windows, including the doors search | save | share at to the study just outside the kitchen and to the butler’s pantry at the rear. “The cabinets on the perimeter of the kitchen feature a different kind of classic treatment – a beadboard finish, much like door fronts in a French farmhouse kitchen,” says Lane. “But the kitchen is really a microcosm of the concept of the whole house – the modern and the traditional come together in this key space. For example, the island is a highly contemporary element, in a dark-stained timber that has an accentuated grain and frosted glass door panels at one end.”