The house is a renovated Californian Bungalow so we chose a design that would complement the heritage of the home while also keeping it modern. Shaker-style doors are typical of that era, but the black-and-white colour scheme gives it a modern edge and makes it more striking than the previous all-white kitchen. It’s still, however, a timeless look and colour scheme that won’t go out of fashion. We played with opposites with the black and white of the cabinets and benchtops as well as the tiled wall and floor. The space is dark so we extended the window for more natural light and incorporated lighting into the overhead cabinets. The glass doors also give the cabinets a lighter look rather than looking too solid or heavy. Even though the tiles are black, they are high gloss so they also help reflect light, not to mention looking great alongside the black older-style freestanding oven, which is a real feature.