This kitchen by Du Bois Design proves family-friendly living can be stylish

Article by Homes to Love

Designer Natalie Du Bois took an awkward, cramped 1980’s kitchen and turned it into a modern, streamlined space perfect for a growing family

This kitchen by Du Bois Design proves family-friendly living can be stylish

With a toddler walking around on shaky legs and another baby on the way, updating the small, awkward 1980’s kitchen, which had a few too many sharp angled edges, was top priority for this growing family.

Designer Natalie Du Bois was given the task of creating a modern, streamlined space that was family-friendly. The clients wanted a neutral inspired palette, with a punchy splash of colour, that had easy indoor-outdoor access and made a feature of their natural timber vaulted ceiling. Last on their wish list was a small office area.

Armed with this brief Du Bois was able to deliver on the open-plan and ceiling-feature requests by removing an existing floor to ceiling post and bulkhead. It opened up the entire space and “[ allowed me] to design a cleaner, more workable island shape and workflow was vastly improved,” she said.

To achieve the “modern and streamlined” look she installed a Blum Space Tower Pantry and Legrabox drawers; a range of linear, sleek and slim drawers. For a busy family, practical options were key, so Du Bois chose to add in Blum Ambia-Line accessories. These frames offer great scope for organising Legrabox drawer interiors, a perfectly functional solution for a busy family. No more rattling around in drawers to find the elusive potato peeler.

Greys, blacks and whites were the neutrals chosen for the colour palette, and the splash of colour was delivered in a burst of bright orange on the electronic lift-up wall cabinets.

The finishing touch was the striking chevron-patterned tiling that gives the kitchen a contemporary edge.

Blum product details:

Blum Ambia-line Accessories
Blum Space Tower Pantry
Blum Silk White Legrabox

Get more ideas for storage at To get the most out of your kitchen space visit a Blum showroom in person – Auckland or Christchurch –  or call Natalie Du Bois from Du Bois Design Ltd for your personal kitchen consultation 021 608 236. 

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