How to design a kitchen that will stand the test of time

Article by Homes to Love

For a quality kitchen kitchen that you’ll be happy using for years to come, keep it clean, keep it simple and keep it timeless


Keep an eye out for images of great kitchens you can use for inspiration.


Get the look with these products from Mitre 10 Mega


  1. Mercator Gypsy fabric cord 241087, $36; Mercator Fancy Globe Pear 241205, $11.98 each.
  2. Kaindl 8mm laminate flooring in Oak Silea 236125, $29.98 per m2, or Kaindl 7mm laminate flooring in Hickory Varena 236120, $24.98 per m2.
  3. Charred Oak Melamine cabinet door front, POA.
  4. Jeffrey Court Carrara wall tiles 224462, $32.98 per sheet.
  5. Jeffrey Court Allegro white wall tiles 186167, pack of 8 $13.98.
  6. Sylvan Warwick handle in Antique Black 201630, $6.77 each.
  7. Sylvan Hemel handle in Antique Black 201627, $4.18 each.
  8. Caesarstone benchtop in Clamshell 4130, POA.
  9. Caesarstone benchtop in Sleek Concrete 4003, POA.



10. Mercator Polly Concrete Pendant Light 274261 $64.98; Mercator Fancy Globe Sphere 240826 $11.98 each. 11. Greens Tapware Zeon Matt Black Gooseneck sink mixer 269957, $399.


12. Heritage Hardware Everest single bowl & drainer in Black Granite 234877, $349. 13. Classique 900mm stainless steel canopy rangehood 248778, $299.


14. Delonghi 900mm freestanding gas oven 246522, $2599.



Meet Emily

Meet Emily Somerville-Ryan, a freelance interiors stylist and designer and mother of three. She works regularly with magazines creating beautiful and inspirational interior shoots for the pages of Your Home and Garden, HOME NZ and NEXT. In the past, she has worked as an interior designer and textile designer, both in New Zealand and the UK as well as a stint working as the entertaining editor for Your Home and Garden. Her style is clean and simple, and she is well known for her clever use of textures, materials and colour to created welcoming, timeless spaces.

Emily Somerville-Ryan

Emily’s 5 tips

Choose your style and stick to it I’ve chosen an industrial-style look for this kitchen. Black, white, stainless steel, concrete and dark wood are key to achieving this. Marrying these elements with some simple, elegant bulb pendant lights and chic, stylish appliances creates a sleek and harmonious space.

Keep it simple Kitchens take a big chunk out of most people’s renovation budgets, so choosing a kitchen which is timeless and less likely to date is important. Using clean, simple materials like plain white butcher’s tiles, stone benchtops and subtle black/brown woodgrain will stand the test of time and really give you that wow impact.

Modern twist on a classic The black tapware and sink I’ve chosen here are the perfect elements to give this space an up-to-the-minute edge. They are both classic, timeless styles but the original black colourway boosts the kitchen into a new and fresh designer look.

Add accessories later Having a simple, plain backdrop gives you the freedom to be as creative and colourful with your accessories as you like. If you get tired of the latest trends then just swap out or upgrade pieces until you’re happy with the look. This space will go with any colours you throw at it and will never clash.

Kitchen design and consultation process  The guys at Mitre 10 MEGA were an amazing help with this project. The Mitre 10 MEGA kitchen showroom offering was far beyond my expectations, with an incredible designer-looking range that was right on trend. They have the complete kitchen solution: quality New Zealand-made cabinetry, European hardware, flooring, lighting and appliances. Once you’ve got some ideas on your dream kitchen, you can set up a kitchen consultation with one of their helpful in-store designers. They can advise you on every aspect of your project – from measuring your kitchen right through to installing it. They have a flat-pack range straight off the shelf which you can DIY, or the Impressions range, which is custom-designed , professionally installed and has a wider selection. So if you’re on a budget and have the time, you can install your flat-pack kitchen yourself, or Mitre10 MEGA can arrange installation for you, it’s as easy as that! Don’t forget you might need to organise sub-trades if plumbing and electrics need attention.

Visit mitre10/ or head to your local Mitre 10 MEGA to start designing your dream kitchen.

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