CS ResidenceContemporary Kitchen, Sydney

Photography by Thomas Dalhoff

Photo of a contemporary u-shaped kitchen in Sydney with medium wood cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, ceramic splashback, stainless steel appliances and medium hardwood floors. —  Houzz
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angela_fitz83Angela Fitz wrote:9September,2020
  • Angela Fitz
    last year

    Hi Karen, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. That is super helpful, thank you so much!! Makes it so much easier to have a visual! Thanks again I really appreciate it ☺️

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    Karen Aston Design
    last year

    No problem, good luck with any planned renovations you may have!

villacontivillaconti wrote:22June,2016
  • geebe27
    5 years ago
    are the floor boards Murray pine? if so, what have they been stained with?
  • Kim Lockley
    4 years ago
    We love our new kitchen. Thanks to the ideas from Houzz and designer Karen - what do you think?
nstempini83nstempini83 wrote:4April,2016
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    Karen Aston Design
    5 years ago
    last modified: 5 years ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. Greys can be tricky, as like whites, they may have different undertones. They can be blue/grey, green/grey, red or warm grey, etc The Marengo is quite a warm, brown grey, and in fact it has become 'browner' in the new batch since we installed this kitchen. I would advise you compare a current batch sample of the Marengo to your grey tiles to make sure they match, you don't really want different undertones in the same room. Without seeing your tiles or what you are actually doing its hard to say if it will suit? Good luck with your renovation, regards, Karen.

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    Karen Aston Design
    5 years ago

    Hi, I need to correct myself. I am so sorry, but I mistakenly informed you that this counter was Marengo, however it is Naxos. Marengo is indeed more of a cool grey in comparison with Naxos. My apologies, however, advice re greys still stands!

dozer2121Dean McCaughan wrote:20August,2016
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    Karen Aston Design
    5 years ago

    Hi, thanks for your question and request. Its difficult to use plans designed for another space based on a photo as many other factors may affect the dimensions such as ceiling heights, window and door placement, appliance sizes etc. If you haven't already done so, you may like to draw up your space to scale and plan the layout as above to see what you can fit into your space? The best solution would be to engage a professional to design the kitchen to suit your home. Best of luck, Karen.

amandajanelyeamandajanelye wrote:19July,2016
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    Karen Aston Design
    5 years ago

    Hi, thank you for your question. The cabinets are a spotted gum timber veneer and there is no stain on the floor. These are the existing cypress pine boards that has been sanded with a clear polyurethane finish. Please note that it is very difficult to judge nuances in neutral or earthy colours on computer screens, best to use actual samples of materials to judge the colour palette balance.

annabelsomervilleannabelsomerville wrote:29January,2016
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    Karen Aston Design
    5 years ago

    Hi, it is a composite stone from Smartstone in colour Naxos.

tuschkaTuschka wrote:23January,2016
railenecRailene Coelli wrote:29September,2015
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    Karen Aston Design
    6 years ago

    This is the existing floor, I think it is Cypress Pine.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Georgia Madden added this to Pro Panel: The 8 Biggest Kitchen Blunders19 July 2017

Solution: Go for warmthLook at the temperature of light bulbs, which is measured in kelvins and is marked on the packaging. Light globes of 2000-3000K will give you a warm white light, perfect for a cosy kitchen. Opt for low-glare styles. A good mix of indirect (or ambient) lighting paired with task lights for prep zones will set a practical yet welcoming tone in the kitchen. Having them on separate dimmable switches makes it easy to alter the mood when cooking or relaxing. Tip: Be wary of shiny benchtops that can reflect glare back at you when you’re prepping.

Rebecca Gross added this to Our Neck of the Woods: 9 Australian Timbers and Their Characters3 July 2017

Qualities: The natural resins in cypress pine are aromatic and are believed to contribute to the timber’s natural durability. Applications: Cypress pine is used for general building construction in areas where the species naturally occurs. It is more widely used for furniture, joinery, flooring, lining and cladding and its distinctive tight knots enhance its decorative appeal for exposed faces.Your turnWhich of these nine timbers is your pick of the bunch? Tell us in the Comments below, like this story, save your favourite images and join the conversation.MoreBrowse more contemporary Australian homes

Jenny Drew added this to 14 Design Ideas From the Most Popular Kitchen Photos of 201618 December 2016

6. No upper cabinetsLosing the upper cabinets is a great solution for two types of kitchen owner – those with limited space and those who look for a decorated ‘living’ space in their kitchen, not just a practical ‘cooking’ space. Here, open shelving provides essential storage but allows the light, bright wall tiles to stay in the spotlight.Style tip: If you’re looking for a break from the rectangular subway tiles or small square mosaics that seem to show up in almost every kitchen, then it’s time to think geometrical. These honeycomb tiles have a subtle quality to them that add timeless interest.

HouzzAU added this to Meet the 2016 Best of Houzz Winners17 January 2016

The heart of the home, the kitchen, is a room in which both design and functionality are all-important. Karen Aston shows how the practicality can also look great. The timber adds warmth to this space and you really feel as though you could move around in this room. It was one of the most popular kitchen designs in Sydney and rightfully earned Aston a Houzz badge.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

SB Architects, Inc. added this to Gene and Amil2 October 2021

Love this balance of contemporary and traditional; could work for our house well. (but not a fan of exposed shelving)

Susan added this to Lake house24 September 2021

Wood tone open shelving with painted cabinets

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