5 Ideas to Steal from a Beautiful Australian Kitchen

5 Ideas to Steal from a Beautiful Australian Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 7, 2014
(Image credit: Decus)

What is it about Australian interiors? Why are they always so, so great? Add to the list of things I am currently coveting bigtime: this kitchen. While a kitchen exactly like this might not currently be financially realistic for most of us (myself included), that doesn't mean you can't steal a few ideas for your right-now kitchen remodel.

(Image credit: Decus)

1. High contrast.
One of the things that makes this kitchen so striking is the contrast between the black and white elements. White cabinets paired with a black countertop, the black backsplash behind the stove, and black fixtures give the kitchen a strong presence and help define the kitchen in an open space.

2. A (really really) open concept.
I love the way this kitchen opens itself up to the living room. It's essentially a galley kitchen where one entire half of the kitchen is a floating island, allowing for maximum interaction between people in the kitchen and the adjoining living area.

(Image credit: Decus)

3. The super-thick countertop edge detail.
The countertop on the 'island' features a super-thick edge detail, which is a great way to make your countertop seem more substantial and give it a little more visual weight.

4. Drawers.
Look closely and you'll see that about half of the lower cabinets here have drawers instead of doors. Drawers can make items in storage much easier to get to, since you don't have to reach into a cabinet — and they're especially great to have in a kitchen like the one which doesn't have a lot of upper cabinets.

5. That pantry.
I know you're all thinking about that amazing pantry. It's the first thing that caught my eye when I saw this kitchen, too. It's both beautiful and kind of a genius solution — instead of hiding the pantry away, this kitchen makes it the focal point. All the things that you would typically store on open shelving are right there within reach when the doors are opened, but when you're done in the kitchen, you can close the doors to keep dust and grime off your dishes. And below, more drawers. You can never have enough drawers.

This kitchen is the work of Sydney interior design firm Decus. You can see more pictures of this home here, and more of their interior design work here.

via Desire to Inspire

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