Go for grey

31 Jan 2019

Two kitchens, completely different in style, but both with something in common – their stunning use of Resene greys.

The first is a stunning two-tone kitchen, inspired by black character doors and the trend for dip-painted furniture and doors. Home owner Cameron Nimmo of Oamaru designed the look for his kitchen, painting the bottom half in Resene Foundry finishing the top half with white wallpaper (design 46577 from the Resene Wallpaper Collection from Resene ColorShops).

The unexpected visual ‘tide line’ is an eye-catching effect, bringing even more character to the renovated villa.

To create the effect, Cameron used the dado height from elsewhere in the house, which sat at about 1200mm off the floor, and ran that line around the kitchen.

“I used a laser measure to get the line straight, but there was a lot of taping!” says Cameron.

The line runs across window joinery, the pantry door, the fireplace and even a timber dresser. Says Cameron: “People were surprised that I painted the dresser because they thought it was old. But it’s actually a new piece made out of recycled teak that I found second hand online.”

The dresser fits snuggly into its purpose-built corner, alongside the newly constructed fireplace which houses a free-standing oven.

A clever trick has been used on the ceiling in the kitchen – an anaglypta paper embossed to look like original pressed tin ceilings has been applied using design RD0151 from the Resene Wallpaper Anaglypta Collection from Resene ColorShops. It has then been painted in Resene Black White.

Cameron then chose brass fittings, lights, taps and handles to fit the traditional look of the kitchen and a rich parquet floor – which is actually vinyl.  

See more of Cameron’s beautiful Oamaru villa through his Instagram account @avonvillaoamaru

Well framed

Set in a 1950s architectural home, this next kitchen mixes contemporary colour with a sleek, timeless design by Celia Visser of Visser Design.

A stunning feature wall painted in the pale elemental grey of Resene Half Gauntlet is the centrepiece of the kitchen renovation, which also involved a complete spatial redesign of the existing kitchen and utility area, and the addition of a new scullery.

The homeowners wanted a modern kitchen that blended in with the existing architecture, as well as the introduction of rimu – from the floor and window architraves – into the finished design.

In response, a new wall was built out from the existing outside wall and fitted out with three sets of ovens. Painted in Resene Half Gauntlet, it defines the new wall against a neutral backdrop of Resene Quarter Black White, which is used on the other walls and cabinetry. At the centre of the wall, a rimu-framed alcove sits around an existing window, with a new hob to complete the cooking zone.

The search for the right grey took some time but once Resene Half Gauntlet was trialled, Celia and her clients knew instantly it was the right one. Says Celia: “We used the marble benchtop as a colour cue but needed a grey that blended with the ovens but also complemented the rimu frame around the window.”

top tip

See the Resene Whites & Neutrals collection for a range of greys in varying strengths, as well as many whites, off whites, warm neutrals and darks. 

A marble-topped island sits centre stage, incorporating a sink, with room for social seating at one end. Rounding off this U-shaped layout is a drinks area – a specific request from the owner – that contains twin, below-bench wine fridges, plus a bar hidden by an electric on-bench climber with LED lighting.

The adjoining scullery was designed as a full preparation area that can be closed off when entertaining – it contains a sink, storage, fridge-freezer and dishwasher, plus an adjacent laundry and utility area.

Celia has thought of everything for the reno. There’s even a large TV on the back wall – so that the homeowners, avid golf fans, will never miss a game, even when cooking.

images Rachel Wybrow

Do you have a home full of wonderful Resene paint and colour? Send us some snaps by emailing [email protected].

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A dramatic 5m-long bench emphasises the clever ‘dip painted’ effect with the lower windows and cabinets in Resene Foundry and walls papered in design 46577 from the Resene Wallpaper Collection. The upper part of the windows are painted in Resene Quarter Rice Cake.

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Even a replica timber dresser gets the dip-dyed effect, painted in Resene Foundry. The walls are papered in design 46577 from the Resene Wallpaper Collection.

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Resene Half Gauntlet proved to be the right grey for the feature wall of this renovated kitchen, complementing the marble benchtop, rimu detailing and the wall ovens. The walls and cabinets are painted in Resene Quarter Black White.

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Avid golf fans, these homeowners requested a large TV for the back wall of the kitchen, which can be viewed from anywhere in the kitchen or adjacent family room. The feature wall is painted in Resene Half Gauntlet. The walls and cabinets are painted in Resene Quarter Black White.

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