Sophisticated French Country was the style inspiration for this elegant kitchen in a home we built for clients in Dalkeith. Our interior designer, Danielle Ellery, shares some of her style secrets.
We combined elements such as the walnut-stained American White Oak used for the top of the island bench with a double French ogee edge, which also picks up on the curves of the lights hanging above. It’s about layering those little details. Timber flooring was used extensively in the rest of the house and we also wanted to pick up on that warmth.
Designed more like a piece of furniture than a typical island bench, this statement piece acts as a focal point. The timber elements contrast with the soft white of the cabinetry, which has been painted in Dulux two-pack in Whitsunday Island. Using the timber also allowed us to bring in the antique brass fittings.
Cabinetry & benchtop
The cabinets have a Shaker profile and the stone benchtop on the back wall of the kitchen is Caesarstone Emperordoro, which is a chocolaty-brown with creamy marbling. We used antique brass cabinet handles to pick up the layers of brown in the stone, timber and travertine marble floor.
The over-sized lights above the island bench were imported from America.
There is a different embossed pattern on each of the creamy-white tiles we used, creating a subtle mosaic effect that adds to the layering of detail.
Adding the wide architrave and simple glazing bars added to the sense of substance. It also created a window effect that tied in with the home’s timber joinery.