Don’t want to do drab in the kitchen? Think vibrant tiles, glass splashbacks and painted feature walls.


As homeowners become more environmentally aware, they’re starting to lean towards natural fibres and materials.

A beautiful kitchen is the heart of every home and this modern-country one brings together a classic style with a contemporary edge. To achieve a space like this, stick to white as a base and put in gorgeous dark timber floors to break up the look. Keep it clean and free of clutter but add cool accessories as accents. This kitchen features Resene Ecru White from the Karen Walker Paints collection on the walls and Resene White paint on the ceiling.

Brighten your daily routine with a zesty new kitchen! We’ve fallen head over heels for this fabulous retro-style one painted with Resene Spirulina. The soft green panelling is divinely different and adds a lovely freshness to the light-filled space. When using such a strong colour, it’s a good idea to tone down the other fittings, such as appliances and lights, and keep the ceiling and walls neutral.

Andrew and Bernadine blended old and new to create their dream in the scenic Blue Mountains. After finding an old cottage, “untouched from the day it was completed around 60 years ago”, Andrew was keen to start bringing it up to date. However, as a builder with 25 years’ experience in designing and constructing new homes, as well as renovating existing ones, he knew the importance of getting the design right first.