I always love looking back at ‘before’ pictures. I’ve been meaning to share the before and afters of my Banksia House project for ages, the comparison really does show the difference a kitchen renovation and the right colour palette can make, big time!
 
Last year I had the pleasure of working with a lovely lady who wanted to create a really beautiful kitchen for her young family. My client had a clear idea about the things she wanted, and the kind of aesthetic she was after. She had lived for a number of years with a functional 1990s style kitchen and it was really time for that to go. 

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

The house itself has lovely bones and a great feel about it. But the 90s rear extension was very dark, with red cedar windows, red timber floors and burgundy kitchen cabinets. We had to get rid of all that red! It was absorbing the beautiful natural light coming into the space.
 
Often when unpainted timber is part of the architectural detail of a home people don’t feel like they can change it, almost like it is sacrilege to paint out something like the natural colour of the timber. There are instances where I wouldn’t paint the timber, but in this case my first recommendation was to paint those red timber windows the same colour as the wall. Doing this completely changed the colour of the light coming into the room.

3D MOCK UP

3D MOCK UP

We used a crisp white on the walls and woodwork, and used the same white on some of the kitchen cabinetry. I find one of the best ways to make a space feel bright is to use contrast to trick the eye. Adding charcoal cabinetry in the kitchen is a sharp contrast to the white, making the walls and white cabinets really ‘pop’. 
 
We sanded and stained the floors to remove the redness. The client wanted to change the stair balustrade to something more modern but it would have eaten up too much of the kitchen budget. Just painting the balustrade out the same colour as the wall behind made it fade away into the background.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

In an effort to keep the cost down, the island bench top was originally going to be Caesarstone. However, after seeing the beautiful super white stone sample my client decided she would sacrifice elsewhere to make sure she could have the natural stone. Such a good move! I’m so glad she went with this for the island, and the beautiful American oak detailing. It really is the hero of the space.
 
So much careful planning went into making it a successful room. We didn’t have a large amount of space to play with, and the room had to cater for the practicalities of family life, entertaining and enjoying their home. All the changes we made were purely cosmetic but the result is a completely different space. Click here to see more.