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Grand Designs: Kitchen Moodboard

Grand Designs: Kitchen Moodboard


I’m super excited to finally be able to share my kitchen mood board for my new build! I never thought that this was going to be quite so difficult, but as a person with so many ideas, it was really hard to cut back on the old imagination. But, a limited budget sure is good at helping.

My kitchen will be in the centre of the house, over looking my northern facing aspect (plan below). It will be a huge part of my main living area as you can tell and it needs to integrate into the space as an extension of the living room, working with my other furnishings while still being a practical space. So, no pressure or anything.

Kitchen Layout

I really wanted to stay away from the all too easy white/white/white kitchen (18), while this can look great and is a look I really love, I wanted something that would look great while being practical and hard wearing. My colour palette is made up of shades of pale greys, whites, marbles, matt black and chrome, I have experimented with texture and tone throughout the house, and the kitchen really sets the scene for what is to come.

For the cabinets I’ve chosen Seal Grey from Melteca for the cabinets (11), this wasn’t a ‘standard’ colour that I was able to choose from my builder and it has been a real extravagance on my budget, however, kitchen cabinets you are unlikely to change or replace so it was best to go with something I love now, rather than something I just like. I think it will be well worth it. For my cabinet handles, when I was in the UK, I bought lots of these Ulvsbo handles (10) with rosettes in matt black which feel really lovely and give a more personal touch.

Bench tops are I think the next hardest to choose. I would have loved a stone or marble bench-top, but it was going to be so expensive (thanks fun police). Instead, I am making a purse from a sows ear and have gone with the nicest laminate I could find, White Valencia from Laminex for the benchtops (13) it’s simple, hardwearing, easy to clean and will give me the look that I am after. Rather than hiding the fact it’s laminate, I’ve had specified a thick, exposed plywood edge (17) which will really warm up the surfaces. The bench top is also something that can potentially be replaced easily when there is a little more money floating around at a later stage.

Something that has my future self in mind, is my stunning Caroma Vixen pull out tap (7) in matt black and chrome, I think I chose this even before I knew I was building a house months ago! As soon as I saw it I just had to have it. It’s on order for me now and will be one of the first 25 lucky homeowners in the country. I’m going to make googley love eyes at it every day. Combined with my Oliveri Diaz under-mount sink (8), it will look gorgeous. Two items that will remain even if I update in the future, having an under mount sink was something I really, really wanted.

Pendant lights were something that honestly kept me awake at night (as did the bathroom tiling but we’ll save that for another day). There are SO many options, and everything I liked was silly expensive. So for now, I’ve opted for these ceramic pendant lights in black with zig-zag fabric cable from Kiwi Living (4) with extra cabling to create this knotted, birds nest effect (5) at the top as a simple feature. I’m still unsure as to what exposed bulbs I will choose, but (1, 2, 3) these are my shortlist; I love the silver dipped and think they will compliment the tap well with that touch of chrome.


Appliances were easy; a dishwasher was a MUST as was a fully ducted range hood, for the hob, I had to have gas. Instead of fitting the whole house with gas piping, I’ve opted for a gas hob on a separate bottle, not only is this cost effective, but means you can still use your hob in a power cut. I had this set up in a previous rental property I stayed in, and it was a great solution without having to get gas throughout the house. I’ve gone with energy and water efficient BOSCH appliances (9 & 14).

When I designed the kitchen layout itself, I kept things simple; plenty of drawers, strategic power points, soft close for all the drawers and cupboards, easy access when unloading the dishwasher: simple. I really wanted to have a large kitchen island that would double as an eating space which so great with kids, and I’ve bought some sturdy matt black bar stools (6) from Kmart to go along the island. My splash back will be a single pane of white glass, because as much as I love tiles, this will be so much easier to clean and I can always go for tiles later on.

Flooring was a little tricky to settle on and to find the right tone. There are so many options out there and I wanted something pale, but not white and something that had a cool undertone. The whole living/kitchen/dining space will have the same flooring running lengthways to open up the room, I’ve gone with a Jacobsens product (12) in Beach House Oak; totally kid and pet proof. Sold.

Extra storage will be added with hanging rails (16), another thing I bought for the house while in the UK, and I love the idea of this shallow shelf (15) for cookbooks and chopping boards.

So my top five tips from what I’ve learnt?

  • Start with the big stuff. Colours of your walls/flooring then develop a palette from this, once you know the colours, options suddenly present themselves to you.
  • Work out your financial priorities. Mine were the appliances, then the things that were harder/more expensive to change later (tap ware, sink, cupboards), last were the benchtops/pendant lights as these could be changed easily later on.
  • Handles are really, really important. You will touch/wipe these every single day. You might have an inexpensive kitchen, but adding non-standard handles will make it look really special.
  • A kitchen tap is a focal point. Actually, if your kitchen is like mine (smack in the middle of your house) start with the kitchen tap you just love. You will see this from every corner of the room, think of it like jewellery for your kitchen.
  • You can never have too many power points. As I’m writing this I already have regrets about not adding an extra double point where my toaster will go. Forever plugging/unplugging will drive you nuts. If you have an island, be sure to add on there so you can use appliances (cake mixers, blenders etc) on this great, big space.

Hopefully some of my tips have helped! I can’t wait to see my kitchen all come together in my new house, super exciting!

1. Industrial light bulb from Ico traders 2. Amelia cut glass globe from Freedom 3. Silver dipped bulb from Ico Traders 4. Ceramic pendant light fitting set from Kiwi Living 5. Pendant light inspiration 6. Industrial replica matt black stools from Kmart 7. Caroma Vixen retractable gooseneck tap (also available in white) 8. Oliveri DIaz undermount sink 9. BOSCH 60cm wall mounted oven 10. ULVSBO matt black handles with rosettes from IKEA 11. Melteca cupboards in Seal Grey 12. Jacobsens long plank laminate flooring in Beach House Oak 13. Laminex laminate in White Valncia 14. Gas hob from BOSH 15. kitchen shelf inspiration 16. Utensil hanging inspiration from IKEA 17. Exposed plywood bench edge 18. Love this graphic stripe rug