"After finally deciding to put a new kitchen in, we were overwhelmed with the decisions and ensuring the final product would be one we would be happy with".
I think we all know where this is heading, but in reality, it doesn't need to.
I’ve just received a wonderful review on Houzz for a kitchen design I completed at the end of last year. It got me thinking about what could have been installed in place of the kitchen I designed.
Using an Interior Designer wasn’t even a consideration for this client. Like most people who make the decision to undertake a kitchen renovation or kitchen makeover, she contacted a local kitchen company and a cabinetmaker to discuss her new kitchen. The kitchen company designed a very basic kitchen leaving the tough job of selecting finishes to the client. Fortunately, the cabinetmaker discussed the option of using an Interior Designer to create the best kitchen for the available space and within the required budget.
At our first meeting we discussed the functional and aesthetic requirements for the new kitchen and the rest of the living areas in the home. From here I worked on a design that allowed us to retain the existing timber flooring and create a functional and stylish kitchen that I knew would push the boundaries for the clients but I also knew would be perfect for their lifestyle and home.
Here's the final design sketches...
In choosing the finishes for the kitchen I started with the island bench that is now the focal point. The client wanted to make a statement with her new kitchen but also wanted a fairly neutral colour scheme.
Here's the final working drawings showing colours and finishes...
Polyurethane was selected as the finish for the cabinetry. Although more expensive than melamine, it allows for a seamless finish to cabinetry without handles and greater flexibility for colour choices. Rather than just one colour for the cabinetry, it was recommended that a colour with similar tones to the bench top be combined with white for a fresh finish.
The final colours selected for the cabinetry were Dulux Lexicon White Half and Dulux Palace Stone. Feature timber open shelving and cabinetry trim were used to provide contrast and a bright turquoise splashback to tie in with artwork in the living area was selected. For the timber feature we used Polytec Natural Oak melamine to keep within budget contraints. The image below shows Eveneer Even Romano Quartered. The splashback colour is Dulux Sparkling Cove and the wall colour is Dulux Whitsunday Island.
Here's the final colour palette...
To create this look on a budget, you could consider using the following finishes...
I'm thrilled that I've made a difference to this clients lifestyle and that the kitchen I delivered is more than they could have imagined. One of my goals as I set up Bella Vie Interiors was to make Interior Design more accessible and reading this review, I believe this is what I am doing.
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