The way you make me feel

Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser clues us up on the impact interesting textures can make.

In association with Fisher & Paykel

The light and airy beauty of this elegant kitchen in a tastefully simple Swedish summerhouse is thanks in part to its pitched roof and high windows. I adore the clean lines of the exposed ceiling beams and classic subway tiles, but my favourite feature would have to be the textured concrete walls, which bring contrast and a sense of warmth to the predominantly white palette. Giving the space an informal feel, this finish also ties in perfectly with the polished concrete flooring and dining table. Warm timber accents and a pair of sophisticated pendant lights complete the look.


To full effect Dulux has introduced a new range of paint products that mimic the look of concrete, stone and suede. To create this textural concrete-look finish, I used Dulux Concrete Effect.
Hang in there High ceilings provide the ideal opportunity to use pendants to light workspaces and make a statement. Be sure to choose shades that are a size and shape that fits the scale of your kitchen.
Fine form For the best of both worlds, I’ve combined Fisher & Paykel’s induction and gas cooktops, and the Wall Chimney Box rangehood is powerfully stylish overhead. To house your wine collection, look to the 50 Bottle Dual Zone wine cabinet, a chic solution with maximum storage.

LEFT TO RIGHT FROM TOP: Topsy jar, $29, Fisher & Paykel 90cm Wall Chimney Box rangehood, RRP $999, Stoneware bowls by Renée Boyd Ceramics, $28 each, Sheesham board, $70, Fisher & Paykel 30cm 2 Zone Touch & Slide Induction cooktop, RRP $1849; Fisher & Paykel 30cm Gas on Glass cooktop, RRP $1299, Cyborg Stick chairs by Magis, $1205 each, Copenhagen SC6 pendant light by &Tradition, $495, Fisher & Paykel 50 Bottle Dual Zone wine cabinet, RRP $2899, Salt and pepper grinders by Peugeot, $115, Havelock outdoor dining table, $1899, Dax R mixer, $748, Conveyor shelves, $799, BACKGROUNDS: Wall in Dulux Concrete Effect Pale Elements, Subway tiles, $46/m2, Benchtops and cabinets, POA, Polished concrete, POA,  For more from Michelle Halford, visit

Words Michelle Halford
Photography Kitchen photo by Emma Jonsson Dysell, styled by Ida Lauga

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