Step inside a relaxed, spacious kitchen

Beautiful Kitchens tours a relaxed and spacious kitchen in New Zealand that also incorporates sea views, dining and living areas

The U-shaped design, with the fridge freezer, oven, microwave and pantry on the back wall, and the kitchen sink on the main worktop, ensures the central peninsula is orientated to take advantage of the spectacular views outside. This open-plan kitchen is part of a spacious room that also incorporates dining and living areas, creating a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

1/9 Spacious kitchen layout

spacious kitchen with central peninsula and rotating corner cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

Kitchen design and cabinetry

2/9 Glossy cabinetry

spacious kitchen with glossy sea-blue cabinetry

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

This kitchen features a combination of Blue Oxide hi-gloss furniture for the full-height bank and wall cabinets, and a more subtle Aluminium finish for the base units. Brushed stainless-steel handles and aluminium plinths complete the sleek look.

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3/9 Stone surfaces

spacious kitchen with limestone worktops leather sofa and monochrome rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

The soft, sandy flecks in the limestone worktops, teamed with the blue finish of the kitchen cabinetry and subtle grey tones of the furnishings, means the whole space echoes the sea and shore perfectly. Pale ceramic floor tiles keep the room feeling light and airy.

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4/9 Sink area

spacious kitchen with central peninsula and stainless steel sink

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

The one-and-a-half bowl sink has been positioned so the owner can enjoy splendid views outside while working.


5/9 Cutlery drawer

spacious kitchen with limestone worktops and cutlery drawer

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

Timber blocks within the cutlery tray provide a safe way to store knives and protect their sharp edges.

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6/9 Corner unit

spacious kitchen with rotating corner cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A rotating carousel in this corner cabinet allows easy access to kitchen equipment, ensuring it doesn't get lost at the back of the cupboard.

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7/9 Oven bank

spacious kitchen with intergrated appliances

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A combination steam oven sits above a built-in single oven at eye level to make removing hot dishes easier and safer. Appliances were intregrated to keep the noise to a minimum and the design streamlined.



8/9 Larder storage

spacious kitchen with larder unit

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A mix of deep and shallow drawers, as well as pull-out racks, ensure every inch of space is used in this tall larder unit.

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9/9 Indoor dining

spacious kitchen with large windows, distressed wood dining table and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

During the winter months, the owners eat and entertain inside but can still enjoy a beautiful view throught the large windows.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.