A Splash of Colour
With its strong use of primary colours and graphics, the first thing you notice when walking into Kirsten Dixon and Mark Sinclair’s smart new colourful kitchen is the splashback. It’s a bold and very personal statement, depicting the couple’s love of the place they live and the activities they enjoy to do together.
“One of the first conversations we had with Kirsten and Mark was around their ideas for the splashback,” says Vicki Greene, from Mastercraft Kitchens Taupo, who along with her husband Phil, designed this kitchen for the busy professional couple. “At about the same time as they were discussing the design for their new kitchen, they commissioned an oil painting that shows the mountains and lake around Taupo, and cycling themes represented by chain rings. They wanted this photographed and transferred onto glass, then used as the main feature in their new kitchen.”
The kitchen sits in a brand new, architecturally designed house, and forms the centrepiece of the living area for this young family. Vicki says the design of the space was driven by functionality and practicality, with open shelving requested in both the main kitchen and the adjoining pantry.
“On the kitchen island, Kristen wanted display shelving at the front of the island, facing out to the living area, and at the back, somewhere to store all her plates,” explains Vicki. “And because she wanted easy access, we didn’t use a normal two-door cupboard with shelves, but instead opted for an open, sliding-shelf arrangement… which is also very handy for unloading from the nearby dishwasher.”
The 4-metre island is topped by hardwearing Black Pearl granite with a waterfall design at one end. At the other end is a breakfast bar arrangement – another request from her clients, because they always have their breakfast sitting up at the island, says the designer.
Incorporated into the back-wall cabinetry is a French-door fridge and a large freestanding range that has three ovens and induction top – making it both practical and functional. The stainless steel benchtop is a good choice for this hardworking area and was made 700mm deep to accommodate extra-deep drawers along the back wall.
In the large pantry, located behind the main kitchen, two rows of open shelving were specified for easy access when prepping food. At the far end of the room there’s a scullery area for storage and clean up, containing Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers, duo pull-out rubbish bin and sink.
Kirsten, herself, researched and chose the accessories and finishing touches – the wooden lattice pendants and the stylish bar stools – both of which lift the simple design of this colourful kitchen and help it blend into the rest of the open-plan living space.
More than kitchens
Vicki says that they have also been involved with the design and manufacture of other areas within the house, including a kitchenette in the loft, a reading nook, laundry, entertainment unit, and an assortment of other built-in storage.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Kirsten and Mark,” says Vicki. “We did a lot of talking with them, as a couple, and you need that communication and collaboration when designing a kitchen. They also had a very good idea of what they wanted, which really helped the process.”
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This kitchen was proudly designed, manufactured and installed locally by Mastercraft Kitchens Taupo.