By Houzz.

Before & After – See how a dash of bright colour, new finishes and improved storage transformed this small apartment kitchen.

In a Q&A format, we talk to the designers, Blakes Of Sydney – and examine the creative thinking behind some of Houzz’s most loveable rooms.



  • A modern, two-tone kitchen that would complement the existing living spaces, which features timber and white.
  • Improved functionality.
  • More storage and bench space.


What wasn’t working for the client about the original kitchen?
It was dark, dated and didn’t function well. There wasn’t enough storage or bench space and the bench was at two different levels.

What were their must-haves?

  • Open shelving to showcase books and decor items.
  • Integrated recycling bins.
  • A dedicated space for their video-intercom automated cat feeder (installed on an open shelf unit, not shown in photos).


by Cosentino Australia


Starting point
The client wanted a modern version of a Shaker-style kitchen, and they had put together a lot of inspirational images for us. We interpreted and adapted these ideas to suit the space and their needs.

Thinking behind the new design
The new design followed a very similar footprint to the original kitchen, but made better use of all the space available by including wall cabinets wherever possible.

We added tall, shallow cabinetry and clever storage solutions, such as a LeMans corner unit and a custom splashback cabinet to store spices and boost storage.


What exactly did you do?
As the space was small, the remodelling options were limited. We ripped out and replaced the old kitchen, which slightly changed the footprint.

We kept the oven and island in the same positions due to plumbing position constraints. We also had to ensure that we covered the footprint of the old kitchen as the flooring wasn’t changing.

We went handle-free for the tall overheads and back island cabinets to provide a cleaner look and help trick the eye into thinking the space is larger than it actually is. We used handles for the lower cabinets inside the kitchen.

Modern Kitchen by Cosentino Australia