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BRIDGE STREET

11th March 2014

I’ll admit, black wouldn’t be the first colour I’d choose when designing a kitchen. This isn’t to say that I can’t appreciate black kitchens – I even wrote a post on the subject on Copperline on Tumblr, where I swooned over a variety of sleek designs. My first choice would be a chalky grey hue, but every so often a black kitchen crops up on Pinterest or Tumblr, or on another blog, and it stops me in my tracks.

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This kitchen offered one of those moments. If you asked me to describe my perfect black kitchen, I reckon this would be it. The Bridge Street project is the renovation and extension of a single-fronted Victorian terraced house located in Victoria, Australia, which was shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards in the Residential Category for 2013.

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The project is the work of the St Kilda-based Beatrix Rowe Interior Design. The new and the old parts of the house are separated by a large internal courtyard, and the dining-kitchen spills into this area thanks to large sliding doors that open up the courtyard elevation.

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The kitchen itself is super-minimal. There’s no extraneous detail here, with sleek handle-less cabinets and integrated appliances. Everything is tucked away, encouraging your eye to focus instead on the materials. I love the way the rustic timber table slides underneath the island/worktop unit, which is on castors. I like the scale of the pendant lights, and those Thonet chairs are such a cool classic to add to this space.

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And, most of all, I love the brick wall. A splashback is a great place to add an interesting texture – I’m currently crushing on Carrara marble used as a worktop and splashback – but here the rugged quality of the brick is a perfect foil for the clean-lined cabinetry while its warm hue offsets the black beautifully.

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The living room is found on the opposite side of the courtyard, and while the palette here is much lighter and brighter, the black floorboards offer a visual connection to the kitchen, enhancing the flow between the two sides of the house.

What do you think – does this combination of black and brick work for you?

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Photography by Shannon McGrath, as featured on Australian Interior Design Awards.

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