Divine interventions

Aug 22, 2017 | Design and Decor, Features

Intelligent design combined with sophisticated finishes and dramatic colour combinations make for kitchen spaces that look great and perform even better

In this kitchen, designed by Future Classics (futureclassics.co.za), a slim metal strip at the base of the island unit catches the light in such a way that it appears to be floating. Its setting against a wall entirely clad in wood, adds to the sense of loftiness

Combine warm wood and sheer metal for a welcoming yet stylish space

01 The fresh, crisp white tone in this Future Classics (futureclassics.co.za) kitchen lifts the wooden surfaces, while a subtle strip of copper cladding adds a touch of sophistication
02 By combining unusual colours and material surfaces, such as polished brass, a textured stone table-top and warm wood, Weylands (weylandts.co.za) has created a unique and dramatic kitchen.
03 With a mostly marble envelope, the Code kitchen range from Boffi (boffi.com) is fully customisable, down to the sink dimensions and cooking facilities.

Varying shades of the same colour create a multi-layered but calming space

01

WARM

Warm coppery metal cladding ties into the biscuit-toned stone of the kitchen island in this space by SieMatic (siematic.com). The deeper hue of the wooden cabinetry makes it contemporary but also warm and comforting

02

SLEEK

The cool grey tones of this design by blu-line (blu-line.co.za) with varied textures (matt, gloss, patterned) and linear motifs create a modern, sleek kitchen

03

EDGINESS

Cabinets in three different colours give a muted scheme a touch of edginess. This UNIT range by Cesar (cesar.it) is not limited by wall constraints and allows you to mix and match the finishes and tops for a less generic space

Kitchens with no trace of handles, storage facilities or clutter keep a minimalist space sleek. There are ways to ensure the design is interesting, though, despite the lack of detail

01 Sleek needn’t mean generic. The Rossana HD 23 (rossana.it) range shows how personalisation through special components and mixed materials – such as permutations of Corian, wood, brass and lacquer finishes – can be simple. Rossana is available through Eurocasa (eurocasa.co.za)

02 Australian firm DKO’s (dko.com.au) all-over use of charcoal creates a uniform effect while a lighting strip in the counter alcove provides a point of interest and lifts the surfaces

03 This Maxima kitchen design by Cesar (cesar.it) makes use of one colour in three different materials, a simple but effective way of adding depth. The island graduates into a lower table section, a clever example of economy

04 Bulthaup’s (bulthaup.com) combination of materials keeps the kitchen design dynamic despite lack of adornment. The white, cement and wood work well together to create a light and contemporary open-plan space

05 The transparent smoky glass cabinets in this Poliform Varenna (poliform.it) kitchen allow a glimpse of the shelves’ contents, keeping things tidy. This subtle detail adds interest to the super simple stainless steel island unit

06 Incorporating colour in a subtle way can lift a minimal space. The sleek inclusion of a grey panel inset into the island gives this space from Easylife Kitchens (easylifekitchens.co.za) depth without the need for additional decor elements. A wafer-thin countertop adds to the contemporary appeal

An all-time classic, the black and white look is a kitchen favourite because it’s clean, timeless and simple. And it’s perfect to put your own stamp on

01 Black and white hexagonal tiles demarcate the zones in this open-plan Bulthaup (bulthaup.com) kitchen, a subtle and original way to add interest and guide the eye. The chunky timber countertop gives it an original touch

02 By keeping the floor and island colour light, and having everything from the walls up in black, Caesarstone (caesarstone.co.za) has created a slick split-level effect that accentuates the height and volume of the space. The solid island in Montblanc 5043 – no detailing of any kind – is the ultimate contemporary statement

03 Black and white can have a cool, hard effect when taken too far, so balance this out with warmer accents, like Cesar (cesar.it) has done for this minimal Maxima 2.2 design. Although it looks contemporary and sleek, it also feels homely because of the timber panelling

04 A checkered floor with dark cabinets is an updated take on a country look. Slavin & Co (slavinandcompany.com) has incorporated Gaggenau (gaggenau.com/za) appliances at eye level for a seamless effect. Note the alternating black and white units – a good example of how the space is yours to do with as you please