CS ResidenceContemporary Kitchen, Sydney
Photography by Thomas Dalhoff
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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.
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
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.
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.