The kitchen project

Art director Hema Nana talks us through her kitchen makeover – from start to finish

Kitchen after

The problem

The area for the kitchen was tiny and there was no scullery. As the kitchen and living room are open plan the kitchen is visible from other rooms. No scullery meant that storage space would be minimal. Although I prefer darker wood for the cupboards, I realised that this would make the space look even smaller.Kitchen_before

The look we wanted

A contemporary and modern kitchen. Mood board

The solution

We emphasised the height of the ceiling by adding three inexpensive hanging pendants (R99 each from Mr Price Home) above the kitchen island.

We decided to go for a light stone top from Stonetech and to break the dark wood we introduced a few high-gloss white cabinets from Plaza Board Centre which reflect light into the space.

A pull-out storage unit was installed to act as a pantry which increased our limited storage space. We needed to hide the appliances as we didn’t want the dishwasher and fridge to be seen from the lounge. The stove and oven were placed inside the island. This way all you can see from the lounge is the island and stools. We kept to the black and white colour palette and chose the replica Philippe Starck Masters kitchen stool from Chair Crazy. The backrest has an organic design which contrasts with the straight lines and sharp edges in the rest of the kitchen.Kitchen afters