Kitchen Renovations

Kitchen renovation: Modern Shaker

This glamorous take on a Shaker-style kitchen will look as good as new for many years to come
Martina Gemmola

An exciting mix of colours, shapes and textures modernise the traditional Shaker look.

Modern Shaker-style kitchen
(Credit: Martina Gemmola)


Feature ‘Clover’ tiles in Black Mustard from Jatana Interiors have been used behind the freestanding cooker to work with the colour of the island bench. Scale-like National Tiles ‘Fan’ tiles in White Gloss add interest along other walls.


Sink & tapware

The long-wished-for Acquello fireclay sink has been beautifully paired with a Perrin & Rowe ‘Ionian’ bench-mounted mixer tap in English Bronze, both from The English Tapware Company.

Black and white tiled kitchen
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Dark, glamorous appliances abound here: the Liebherr fridge and fridge/freezer are in Black Steel finish and the Ilve ‘Majestic’ cooker is in Matt Black. However a Miele integrated dishwasher, situated to the right of the sink, is indistinguishable.

Black and white Shaker style kitchen with marble benchtops
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The gorgeous benchtops are 60mm honed Calacatta ‘Lincoln’ marble with a square edge, sealed with resin by Mirror Image Marble.”It’s an expensive marble so we were taking a bit of a risk, but it’s beautiful,” says interior designer Carmel Wylie. “The resin also has a honed finish so you can’t tell it’s there.” 

Black and white kitchen with white scale tiles
(Credit: Martina Gemmola )

Insider tip

Most colours have an undertone, a secondary colour nuance that can be useful when planning a scheme. When teaming similar hues together – seen in this kitchen in the dark splashback tiles, island bench cabinetry and flooring – place samples next to each other to check that the undertones are harmonious.

Modern Shaker-style kitchen
(Credit: Martina Gemmola )


The island bench is finished in a semi-satin 2-pac in Resene Masala, while the rest of the joinery has had a similar finish in Dulux White On White. Polytec ‘Ballarat’ doors were chosen to deliver a Shaker-style look.

Insider tip

Make sure your interior designer understands your wants, needs and how you like to live.

Interior designer: Carmel Wylie, GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens, 1300 442 736.


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