Kitchen Renovation: Modern Shakerby: Vera Klein
An exciting mix of colours, shapes and textures modernise the traditional Shaker look.
Feature ‘Clover’ tiles in Black Mustard from Jatana Interiors have been used behind the freestanding cooker to work with the colour of the island bench. Scale-like National Tiles ‘Fan’ tiles in White Gloss add interest along other walls.
Sink & Tapware
The long-wished-for Acquello fireclay sink has been beautifully paired with a Perrin & Rowe ‘Ionian’ bench-mounted mixer tap in English Bronze, both from The English Tapware Company.
Dark, glamorous appliances abound here: the Liebherr fridge and fridge/freezer are in Black Steel finish and the Iive ‘Majestic’ cooker is in Matt Black. However a Miele integrated dishwasher, situated to the right of the sink, is indistinguishable.
The gorgeous benchtops are 60mm honed Calacatta ‘Lincoln’ marble with a square edge, sealed with resin by Mirror Image Marble.”It’s an expensive marble so we were taking a bit of a risk, but it’s beautiful,” says interior designer Carmel Wylie. “The resin also has a honed finish so you can’t tell it’s there.”
Most colours have an undertone, a secondary colour nuance that can be useful when planning a scheme. When teaming similar hues together – seen in this kitchen in the dark splashback tiles, island bench cabinetry and flooring – place samples next to each other to check that the undertones are harmonious.
The island bench is finished in a semi-satin 2-pac in Resene Masala, while the rest of the joinery has had a similar finish in Dulux White On White. Polytec ‘Ballarat’ doors were chosen to deliver a Shaker-style look.
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