Pretty in Pink

pink and white kitchen

This stunning new kitchen in Whangarei is proof that having a tight budget doesn’t necessarily mean a compromise on style or the quality of finish.

Frustrated and uninspired with her small, closed off kitchen, Carol Field turned to designer Jillian Kake from Mastercraft Kitchens Whangarei to help her inject some new life into an area of the home she and her husband, Rick, like to spend time in together.

“Rick and I often cook together, but we’d just get in each others way,” says Carol. “I’d always wanted to take the walls out, so this seemed like a good opportunity.”

Turning crammed into spacious

The finished kitchen is, in fact, a combination of three rooms – the original kitchen, the dining room, and a small laundry. Also, as part of the renovation, a large bi-fold door was added that opens the new space to a covered entertaining deck.

“It’s an amazing transformation from the brown timber panelling and archways of the old kitchen,” says Jillian. “The island is now the hub between the kitchen, living area and outdoor entertaining area – it’s also where Carol does all her baking.”

Oriental influence

One of Carol’s primary requests was for lots of bench space and storage, and a separate area she could bake on, with storage close by for all of her appliances. She also wanted the design to have a slight Oriental influence.

To satisfy these requests the designer introduced a full-height storage cabinet adjacent to a large island that was specifically designed to accommodate Carol’s baking equipment. She then designed cabinetry doors that mimicked a Japanese-style shoji screen.

The soft pink colour for the splashback was researched and chosen by Carol. “It is Dulux Young Salmon, and has a slightly retro feel to it,” she says. “Combined with the black trim around drawer and cabinetry fronts, it creates quite a sharp look to the kitchen and we find this colour inspiring, creating a great atmosphere in the kitchen. We love the finished effect.”

Jillian says she used cost-effective products worked in clever ways to make them look good. For instance, using black PVC strips around the end edges of the cupboard and drawer fronts to create a shadow line, then using black, top-mounted handles to finish the look, created the black negative detail around the cabinetry.

Style on a budget

“We also used a Formica laminate with a faux marble finish for the benchtop, which is very suitable for use on kitchen benchtops. It also meant we didn’t have the expense of using stone,” says Jillian. “Everyone in the workshop worked hard to bring this kitchen in for the budget our client had to spend – it was a real team effort.”

To finish off the kitchen, white appliances were specified, because they suited the clean look of the rest of the kitchen – even the sink is white, so as not to distract the soft pink colour of the splashback.

“It’s such a pretty kitchen when you stand in it,” says the designer. “Even our kitchen installers, who put in kitchens every day of the week said, ‘isn’t that a spectacular kitchen’, which was really nice to hear.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Carol and Rick, who say that walking into their new kitchen is like coming into a brand-new house.

This kitchen was designed, manufactured and installed locally by Mastercraft Kitchens Whangarei.