In a compact kitchen, every inch needs to be utilised. Cue the tambour door at the wall end of the bench which opens to reveal more storage – and rolls down again to hide everything! Next to it is a floor-to-ceiling pantry cupboard, with more stash space in the walk-in area under the stairs. Low-maintenance Caesarstone in Snow wraps around the bench, providing a casual dining area and much-needed work surface without blocking the flow to the adjoining family room. An under-mounted sink and pull-out ‘Teknobili’ mixer from Reece complete the zone’s functionality, with bar stools from The Industrial Revolution adding a contemporary accent.
Laying the rectangular bluestone wall tiles vertically to the ceiling gives height to the splashback area and gives this compact kitchen a more expansive feel. Head-height wall cupboards can create a claustrophobic effect in a small kitchen. Here, the rear wall has been kept free except for a glass and steel rangehood, with stacks of drawers either side of the built-in oven and hob. Recessed finger-pulls are a less obtrusive alternative to busy handles.