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July 26, 2022 | Projects Products Trends

Let there be light: Calacatta Oro shines in this inviting Sydney kitchen

Featured Stone: Calacatta Oro
Builder: Quadrio Building Services
Joinery: Harris Kitchens & Joinery
Stonemason: SNH stone
Styling: Style Society & Co
Photography: Coastal Film Co

Incorporating natural timber into interior home design brings a warm and relaxed tone to any space. Timber is a perennially popular element in kitchen design, and although classic kitchens feature all-timber cabinetry and furnishings to match, these days timber is being revived in a subtle, but no less impactful, way.

For this kitchen in the northwest Sydney suburb of Rouse Hill, the client wanted to incorporate existing and new timber elements into a clean, modern kitchen design. “The client was looking for a warm look that tied in with the natural timber tones,” says Brady Harris of Harris Kitchens & Joinery, who was also behind this recent Spanish-style kitchen makeover.

The light hue of the timber floorboards acted as a foundation for all the other design elements of the kitchen. “Striking the right balance between the different features of the kitchen was the biggest challenge,” says Brady. “It was important to not have too much of one thing.”

Similar light timber features in selected cabinets, floating shelves against white walls, and framing on the base of the central island. Farmers Doors white cabinets with natural handles completed the main design. Wall-to-wall windows over the sink and stove areas allows for ample light to stream through to enhance the welcoming, homely vibe of the space.

Selecting a benchtop surface was a separate challenge in itself – it needed to be a surface that blended in seamlessly with the natural, homely feel of the kitchen, complementing the cabinetry and exuding a touch of luxury. The client chose Calacatta Oro from the new Smartstone Ibrido collection – a replica of sumptuous Italian marble with grey veins edged with distinctive gold highlights.

Ibrido’s difference compared with previous Smartstone collections goes beyond leadership in low silica quartz to its innovation in engineered surface aesthetics. Just like the other Ibrido veined surfaces, Calacatta Oro features Smartstone’s hybrid print technology (Ibrido is Italian for ‘hybrid’) which combines the aesthetic precision of porcelain with the benefits of quartz.

Also in the stonemasonry business, Brady says that Smartstone was an obvious choice. “Smartstone offers a large range at quality prices… the benchtop selection really tied everything together.”

In line with the natural finishes, Ibrido surfaces are also among the most sustainable on market, comprising 56% recycled materials and up to 28% silica, which is a safer alternative for stonemasons. Ibrido’s jumbo slab size also means that large benchtops have a more seamless, stronger finish as less materials are required to cover larger surfaces.

The kitchen was completed in three months, which included removal of some walls to open up the space even further. The result is an inviting, light-filled kitchen that is ideal for a growing family and is a shining example of timeless style.

“The client loves it,” adds Brady, “and it’s great how all the elements work with each other, from the timber grain to the handles to the stone colour.”

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