Hot-right-now kitchen hues

Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser is known for perfecting a monochrome palette. But lately she’s developed a bit of a thing for dusty pastels…

In association with Fisher & Paykel

How great is this kitchen by Swedish stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg? The sage green cabinetry is a brave choice, but she has executed the look perfectly. Paired with white painted floorboards, it’s fresh and stylish, with a relaxed Scandinavian vibe. The marble benchtop and splashback add texture and a sense of sophistication, while the natural timber warms everything up. As for the forest green Bentwood chair – what a fantastic accent.

Door to drawer: A new coat of paint is an easy way to refresh a lacklustre kitchen. White will always be a winner, but painting your cabinetry in a subtle shade can really transform the space.
Over & above: If yours is a small kitchen, you’ll want to make the most of every inch. Utilise unused vertical space with wall-mounted storage like slimline cupboards, open shelving and magnetic knife racks.
All together now: Prepare several courses simultaneously with the Fisher & Paykel 60cm Freestanding Cooker. Featuring a multifunction oven and a high-performance ceramic cooktop, it’s ideal matched with the clean lines of the Fisher & Paykel 90cm Wall Canopy Rangehood.


LEFT TO RIGHT FROM TOP: Fisher & Paykel 90cm Wall Canopy rangehood, $1249, Line wall light 2.0, $448, Kubus 4 candleholder, $204, Cover chair by Muuto, $930, Pan Goose Neck mixer, $1490, Rectangular chopping board, $89, Magnetic knife rack, $99, Fisher & Paykel 60cm Freestanding cooker, $3249, Thonet No. 18 Bentwood Café chair, $285, Sunbeam London kettle, $135, High Key Tokyo II – 23 photographic print, $414, Custom Splay bench by Timothy John, POA, BACKGROUNDS: Wall in Dulux Lexicon, Carrara C marble splashback, POA, Cabinetry in Resene Rainee, Floors in Porter’s Perfect Floor Paint in White,


In another gorgeous colour palette, this compact kitchen in the Chez Marie Sixtine apartment in Paris was designed by interior architect Atelier Baptiste Legué and art director Sandrine Place. The use of contrasting pastel paint shades cleverly defines the space and terrazzo surfaces inject plenty of texture. I love how the splashback has a built-in shelf providing a place to display favourite kitchen accessories, and the vintage pendant lights are another charming detail.

Set the tone: Consider colour a way to add character to your kitchen. Combine complementary paint shades, such as the pastel pink and blue seen here, tying in the tones of your benchtop, too.
Surface value: Engineered stone is great for bringing texture into the scheme. The terrazzo used in this kitchen is a highly customisable option, with countless possibilities for form, colour and pattern.
Keep it tight: Short on space? You needn’t skimp on quality. Fisher & Paykel’s ActiveSmart™ 900mm French Door Fridge has a flush-fit design for easy integration into existing spaces or cabinetry and pairs perfectly with the intuitive, electronically controlled Fisher & Paykel 60cm Single 7 Function Built-in Oven finished in sleek white glass. Complete the streamlined look with the Fisher & Paykel 30cm 2 Zone Touch & Slide Induction Cooktop.


LEFT TO RIGHT FROM TOP: Nerd chair by Muuto, $871, Enamel teapot, $45, Crystal Bulb lights by Lee Broom, $325 each, Hay Gym hook, $80, Milk & Sugar Segment tea towel, $16, Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart™ 900mm French Door fridge, $3999, Fisher & Paykel 60cm Single 7 Function Built-in oven, $1949, Nivito Rhythm Copper Rose mixer, $899, Talo bowl, $29.90, Odyssey rug, $549, Pink Stairs photographic print by Annaleena Leino Karlsson, $230, Fisher & Paykel 30cm 2 Zone Touch & Slide Induction cooktop, $1849, BACKGROUNDS: Ceiling in Dulux Torpedo Bay; walls in Dulux Albany (pink) and Dulux Cockle Bay, Terrazzo benchtop, POA, Coloured concrete shade #677, POA, For more from Michelle Halford, visit

Words Michelle Halford
Photography Petra Bindel/House of Pictures/Picture Media; Julie Ansiau


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