Modern Classic

design edit issue 19 | design tour

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A muted palette of soft slate blue, marble and black help create a kitchen that's both the perfect blend of classic and contemporary - streamlined, chic and completely unique.  



This super busy family of five (and all the teenager's friends!) needed a major kitchen update - the brief: functional but still fabulous. The client was keen to experiment with colour, but still wanted a chic, classic finish.

We know what we like, but we weren’t confident about translating that into something that flows and actually turns out like we expected!
Having Kirsten on board has been amazing - her ability to take what we’re saying and create these spaces for our family has been delightful and has certainly taken the stress away.
— Megan
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The design team at Bella Kitchens worked within the original foot print of the kitchen, stealing a bit of extra space from a hallway cupboard to create a much needed bigger pantry. Careful planning keeps this kitchen looking sleek and clutter-free, with plenty of storage and a place for everything.  

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The graphic wallpaper in the adjacent dining room provided the colour inspiration - Karen Walker's Clouded Blue being the perfect soft slate grey for the main cabinetry. The darker cabinetry is balanced with classic stone bench-top and marble splash-back - the prefect combination of contrasting materials. 

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The finishes have all been kept soft - a barely there sheen to the lacquer, a honed stone bench-top and a honed finish to the chevron marble splash-back. Black accents are kept understated and again matt - with a black sink and tap, and custom finished black handles.

Milky white walls keep the room bright and new light oak laminate floor provides a warm, neutral base. 

I love the strategic hit of colour in this kitchen.
It’s the perfect blend of classic and contemporary - streamlined, chic and completely unique.
— Kirsten
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The new kitchen is definitely super functional, but also stylishly fabulous. The perfect blend of classic and contemporary - streamlined, chic and completely unique.   

We love everything about our kitchen. To say we are delighted with the end product is an understatement. The value added to our home is significant - not just in dollar value but the pleasure I get everyday from the result.
— Megan

See the entire project gallery here, including Before photos.

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Contact Auckland Interior Designer Kirsten Ford for more information.

Images: Hanson & Daughters Photography