Beyond its warm finishes and playful orange detailing, the renovation of this kitchen was really all about functionality.
The Glade Design director Jacqueline Chen says one of the clients worked in the hospitality industry and presented her with a list of must-haves to incorporate in the design. The space had to have ample storage for appliances they used every day, in addition to creating a new island bench that could be ‘as large as possible’ to accommodate the baking and recipe testing they often used the kitchen for.
Instead of starting with the layout, which was ‘already fixed’ due to the position of the sink and electrical appliances, Jacqueline focused on the colour scheme and the joinery.
‘Because this is a small kitchen, I really had to plan the storage carefully,’ she says. ‘I made sure to note down what the clients would be putting in each cabinet and designed them to fit their items perfectly.’
‘The cooking side of the kitchen is almost the same as before, except I swapped out the sink for a single-bowl one and moved the dishwasher a bit closer. And with just that small adjustment, I was able to add spice drawers on both sides of the cooktop!’
In replace of the cold, monochromatic look and feel of the existing kitchen, she opted for a low-maintenance timber bench top and a ‘flower-inspired colour scheme’ featuring burnt orange and soft pinks, as a nod to the tones in the home’s bedroom. It’s now halfway between ‘zen minimalist to maximalist’, and has improved the client’s use of the kitchen, despite being the exact same size as before. Clever!