Australia Trends Home Trends Volume 31 No 24 Australia - Page 68

Touching impression This elongated kitchen brings a tactile, artistic element to the adjacent living spaces – at the same time, a muted palette lets it hide in plain sight Above: Multi-hued marble tiles on the front of the island in this kitchen by Natalie Du Bois connect with a textural pattern on the rear wall. Facing page: A rectangular privacy element on the island hides kitchen clutter from the living spaces. The backpainted tan glass surface is repeated on the splashback of the cooking niche. The white kitchen merges with its surroundings but stands out against the hardwood Vitex floor. Material connections in a kitchen can spea k softly or state their presence boldly – and when it comes to tactile surfaces, a simple change in viewing angle can affect the conversation. This kitchen, by designer Natalie Du Bois, responds to the owners’ brief for a white work space with a taupe benchtop. These elements set the scene for an understated colour palette that doesn’t overwhelm the home’s generally subtle decor, says Du Bois. “There are plenty of tonal connections here. The granite frame on the privacy panel links with the dark-stained Vitex wood flooring and search | save | share at the tan backpainted glass is repeated on the splashback. The multi-hued marble front on the island was chosen to pick up on these colours, too, and the taupe work surface on the island provides a mid-tone between the other surfaces. Nevertheless, the predominating colour is white and this merges with the adjacent white walls. “One of the strongest linking elements is texture, not colour. The marble island front is in a raised, variegated tile that looks different from different angles and is pleasing to the eye. And this surface finds an echo in the textural, grooved cabinet wall to the rear.”