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Modern look family kitchen with timber benchtops and warm tones
Create a warm and welcoming kitchen with elements you love to make it truly your own.


Modern retro

First and foremost a functional space, the kitchen can be dominated by purely practical surfaces, but a few design tweaks can add warmth to a kitchen scheme and infuse it with your own personal style. This modern retro zone serves up on-trend good looks without compromising on functionality.

The project items and tiles are laid out to begin the project 

Soften the scheme with texture

White cabinets are universally appealing and a great blank canvas on which you can imprint your personal style. Kaboodle cabinets with a ‘Modern’ profile in Nougat Truffle could suit almost any style of home – contemporary, Scandi or a more retro look.

“We just wanted a tactile surface that felt nice and I love the matt white. A glossy surface didn't fit the house,” says homeowner Natasha. VJ panelling, painted in Taubmans Brilliant White, adds another layer of texture over the existing plasterboard.

Modern family kitchen with warm tones and timber benchtops

Choose finishes you love

Kaboodle hevea timber benchtops complement the white cabinetry and give the whole room a warm, appealing vibe. “I'm a woodworker and love working with timber – that's why we chose the Kaboodle bench – but I wanted to personalise it,” explains Natasha. “I rounded over all the edges and the corners to make them softer visually, and sealed them in a tough varnish so they'll really stand the test of time.”

Leftover benchtop pieces were cleverly crafted into timber display shelves and an upside-down wooden tray that covers the cooktop when it’s not in use, delivering additional prep space.  

Modern and warm kitchen with timber benchtops and green tiles

Add colour for interest

Splashback tiles are a great way to add life and personality to an otherwise neutral colour scheme. Here, olive green tiles introduce a colour from the mid-century archives, which is then picked up in retro-style ceramics on the open shelves.


Complete the look with lighting

A pendant light is an opportunity to make a strong statement and really set the tone of the space. Natasha chose a large mid-century pendant, which forms a colour-popping centrepiece and adds its own ambient glow in the evening.

Lights over the benchtop and sink zone deliver the functionality essential to good kitchen design, while LED strip lighting runs under the island, giving the floor a beautiful glow at night. 


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.