How to design a modern family kitchen

This contemporary, family-sized kitchen mixes work with play in a design mix that’s anything but dull.

Built for a family

More than ever, the modern kitchen is the centre of family life: as much a homework hub as prep space, heart of the home and party central. But there’s no reason a kitchen that has to work hard can’t look good doing it. The new modern look is all about balance: cool but not clinical, warm but not folksy, exemplified by this edgy but enduring family kitchen, designed and built by the team at Kaboodle.

Pick timber for on-trend style

Natural timber – or products that flawlessly imitate it – brings organic appeal to a modern kitchen design and is having a design moment. “We’re seeing a resurgence of timber-look cabinetry shining through in modern design schemes,” says Briony Mikrou of Kaboodle. Here, ‘Modern’ profile cabinets in Hazelnut V replicate the warmth and character of real timber, complete with knots and complex grain, with relaxed contrast provided by neutral-toned base cabinets in Feta Whip.

How to design a modern family kitchen

Invest in storage

Any kitchen needs great storage but a family zone demands more than most. Tall cupboards positioned around one corner of the room deliver plenty. Opposite, base cabinetry brings essential drawer space, with overhead timber-look cabinetry adding stylishly to the storage quota. The concealed storage is complemented by twin towers of open shelving and a winning move in terms of display: Kaboodle’s 900mm steel wall shelves in black, mounted to the ceiling. This has the added benefit of defining the kitchen within an open-plan space without boxing it in, “to maximise a sense of openness and space,” Briony explains.

How to design a modern family kitchen

Embrace practicality

The Kaboodle team achieved synchronicity with the Hazelnut laminate benchtops a perfect match for the Hazelnut V wall cabinetry, a seamless look offset by black elements such as the Kaboodle ‘Plaza’ handles, sink and shelves. Another advantage of these durable and cost-effective benchtops is that they are can be customised to accommodate in-bench knife blocks, cutting boards and just about any design quirk a hard-working family space demands.

How to design a modern family kitchen

Incorporate a desk nook

This desk nook acknowledges the way everyday life tends to centre around the kitchen, allowing for dinner prep that overlaps with study chats, online research and recipe checks. This pocket office was designed as a separate space that works in tandem with the kitchen and incorporates Kaboodle’s new under cabinet LED panel lighting, which is cleverly designed to diffuse the light source.

How to design a modern family kitchen

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Photo Credit: Kaboodle and James Moffatt

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 DIY 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

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