The breath-taking ‘Meisner on the Park’ is an award-winning kitchen from Kate Anderson Design (KAD). The kitchen is also the designer’s personal project. “This is my dream kitchen, and the planning and design stage took me over six months,” explains Kate. “I have three beautiful boys and a husband, so I needed a robust but elegant coastal kitchen that suited the open plan living.”
As a stand-alone piece of art, the kitchen features a wall of beautiful Porta Tasmanian Oak Dressed All Round battens. “The use of Porta Tasmanian Oak laid in vertical form gave the extra height the space needed to feel bigger than the original kitchen we ripped out, as well as the additional luxury of hidden cabinetry behind the entire wall of timber,” says Kate.
The hidden cabinetry behind the wall of Porta timber is Kate’s favourite element of the project. “Although this was a time-consuming task, it was well worth the money, time and effort,” says Kate. “The battens were individually hand sanded back, and then finished with a Danish oil to give a natural, raw finish.”
There are quite a few elements to consider in kitchen design – some may not be as obvious as you may think. Clearly the space available has a massive impact on any design which is why fully functional storage using the optimal space is vital, but in addition to this, lighting plays a vital role in creating the warmth into an area.
Natural light is always best by using windows and skylights but sometimes this just isn’t possible to brighten an area. This is where the art of light installation comes into play – by installing lighting that compliments the design whilst at the same time creating functional areas and warmth.
Colour and texture choice are also major considerations to ensure spaces are not confined and areas are liveable – you want to ensure people want to linger in your space because it feels right.
We understand that home is where the heart is and a kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s so important to consider traffic flow, household circumstances, lighting, lifestyle and of course personal taste into any design. The climate of the Sunshine Coast also plays a massive factor in my designs. Purposeful and functional is the key.
When designing a kitchen it is so important to consider the style – sometimes being on trend dates far sooner than we would prefer, so my advice is to try to be timeless. Neutral, beach and earthy tones are key elements to consider with a pop of colour. The texture of your surfaces are also paramount to any design success, it’s broad appeal if considering selling and the longevity of that design are all important factors.