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Contemporary kitchen with traditional accents, a stainless steel tile splashback, and wood and painted cabinets and granite countertops by designer Kira Gray

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When a grand colonial home is ready for a kitchen update, it can be an opportunity to celebrate both the past and the present.

For this project, the owners wanted a lot – improved connections to the dining and family rooms and, aesthetically, a contemporary kitchen with a traditional twist, an industrial influence and some bling.

In terms of flow, designer Kira Gray retained the kitchen's central positioning, removing walls and archways to lengthen and open up the space. New joinery and a timber floor were installed, says Gray.

"We moved the cooktop to the rear wall, mounted in the granite benchtop, and created a stand-out stainless steel tile splashback – a perfect nod to the request for an industrial touch and some bling."

This element continues up to form the back of the glass-front upper display cabinets, making more of the feature. The drinks station at the other end of the space, near the dining area, has the same look.


"At one end, the stained ash pantry wall contrasts the crisp white cabinets and has ample storage for food and crockery."

To bring in a more traditional element, all the cabinetry has a classic bevelled frame door and drawer style.

The main servery, with the bar at one end, provides plenty of bench space. The breakfast bar's stained panels, skirtings, and posts link with the pantry wall opposite, defining the entry to the kitchen.

"Chromed-glass pendants ‘pop' in front of the tilework," says Gray.

A window from the sink bench opens out to the pool area, as do doors from the dining area and also the breakfast bar.

First published date: 17 September 2015

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Designer Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens
Cabinetry Bevelled frame and panel doors in Resene Black White; Urethane matt-stained ash
Drawer systems Grass Nova Pro Deluxe, Grass Nova Pro Deluxe with crystal sides, Grass Nova Pro Delux Duowing
Benchtops Glacier granite from Stone Warehouse
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Taps Robertsons ‘Soft'
Splashback, rear of upper cabinets Stainless steel tiles
Posts and bar Urethane matt-stained ash
Handles Cubico brushed nickel from Katalog
Flooring Engineered timber
Lights LED spots under pelmet, sensor spots under display cabinets, door-sensor controlled LED spots to breakfast station, sensor-controlled LED ribbon lights
Refrigeration Fisher & Paykel, French door, ice/water; Delonghi glass front bar fridge
Cooktop Bosch induction
Oven Bosch Pyrolitic single oven
Steam oven Bosch Steamer
Ventilation Custom made, remote mount
Microwave Panasonic Invertor
Waste InSinkErator