Trends New Zealand Trends Volume 32 No 2 New Zealand - Page 16

Previous pages: Stainless steel on the kitchen’s two islands is completed with brass beading. The rear of the kitchen can be accessed from an adjacent hall. The stainless steel appliances add to the emphasis on reflective surfaces. Above: A glass-top dining table and a high-gloss finish on the buffet optimises light play while the wood floor complements the reflective surfaces. The picture window looks through to a sparkling indoor pool. “The islands also feature intricate brass bead detailing, another traditional element, but perhaps more unusual here, seen with the stainless steel,” says McFarlane And the brass and stainless steel finish isn’t the only exotic surface to catch the eye. “The wall cabinets are built in the modern, frameless style – with shallow panels for a more transitional appeal. These are finished in a stria milk paint which has a translucent quality that is intended to show off the fine brush marks.” Marble splashbacks match the countertops which are in the same rich stone and add to the search | save | share at kitchen’s luminous, reflective quality. However, for interest, the splashback directly behind the baking zone is in a mosaic tile, albeit in the same stone. The buffet, on the outer perimeter of the kitchen, continues the reflective theme – this is finished in a shiny, pearlescent paint. “Naturally it was important for the kitchen to work in well with the wider interior, too. To achieve this, the perimeter cabinetry is topped with detailed crown mouldings that are more in keeping with the ornate coffered ceiling as well as the architectural detailing seen in other areas of the home,” the designer says.