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are all relegated to the perimeter of the kitchen. The simple, shallow panels on the cabinets have a transitional feel. Together with the many drawers and cupboards in the island, these offer extensive storage, including a pantry with foldout and retracting doors beside the cooktop. There is also open display shelving above the refrigerator and a wall-hung shelf unit over the sink to display the owners’ favourite crockery, adding another rustic touch to the design. The ceiling in the open-plan kitchen, the adjacent meals area and in the family room is finished in painted Regency lining boards – adding to the required country kitchen accent. “While the colour palette is fairly restrained, this is balanced by an emphasis on texture,” says the designer. “The splashback is in tactile, undulating tiles and new oak floors laid throughout have only been given a light satin finish – with the knots and grains adding visual texture to the design.” Despite the rustic accent, the modest-sized kitchen includes every modern convenience. For example, a USB port and power socket are conveniently yet discreetly tucked under the island benchtop. Above: White undulating tiles on the splashback add brightness and texture to the design. Perimeter cabinetry, island cupboards and drawers, and open shelving mean there is plenty of room for storage. The crockery and benchtop elements bring splashes of green to the predominantly white and wood colour palette. Ventilation is integrated into the cabinetry. search | save | share at