A neutral palette with a touch of warm wood tones has taken this cottage kitchen from drab to fab! The adjoining living space of this home has very little natural light and the former dark countertops made the space feel dark and depressing. Crisp white countertops paired with light-grey cabinet fronts now bounce the natural light, which enters through a south-facing window, into the living areas giving the space a light airy feel.
Minimalist flat-panel cabinet fronts, paired with brushed aluminium finger-grip recesses have ensured that the space feels uncluttered. The open shelves offer easy access to pantry staples and have created a display space for much loved ceramic pieces.
Project: contemporary kitchen – Fish Hoek, Cape Town
Cabinetry designed, manufactured and installed by CCMI Kitchen and Cupboard Specialists
Where there is limited natural light available, a light-coloured countertop can be very effectively used to bounce light creating the illusion of more light within the space. This effect does not rely on light coloured cabinetry, and can work well even with dark coloured walls. A light coloured, or even reflective, backsplash can also be used to create or intensify the light bouncing effect in a kitchen or bathroom.
A peninsula layout is a great way to connect a kitchen with an adjoining living space. This kitchen is essentially u-shaped with the peninsula creating one of the long sides of the “U”, providing more cabinet space than would have been possible with another layout given the available space.
The peninsula also provides seating space here, and an opporutinty to bring in an accent which compliments the flooring.
Subtle accent details can be brought into a design in numerous ways. The wood-look accent used in this kitchen provides a touch of warmth, tying the room together from floor to ceiling.
The open shelving above the hob creates interest and depth. Every element of the design is featured in this small section of the kitchen making it the focal point in a space where cooking is a much loved activity.
Shelf height can be adapted to suit the function of a particular cabinet. More storage space has been provided for drinkware here, space which would otherwise have been wasted had a ‘standard’ shelf height been used.
Handle-less cabinets that are wall-mounted here have been designed to have a slight overhang, creating a space for fingers to fit behind the panel, the alternative would have been to install push-to-open system.
Try to utilise every available space when planning your kitchen. The hidden drawer beneath the oven (although small) provides storage for baking sheets, foil, parchment paper, and other less often used items. Had a fixed panel been used this space would have been lost.
Talking to your kitchen designer about what kind of items you need storage for, will assist the designer in coming up with creative storage solutions.
When designing a space the goal is always to achieve a cohesive look that makes the interior features as much a part of the property as the external architecture. Even if the interior is juxtaposed to the exterior a well-designed space will tie the look together effortlessly.