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Work in the sunshine: This yellow kitchen in Australia lets the sun shine even on rainy days

Work in the sunshine: This yellow kitchen in Australia lets the sun shine even on rainy days

Thanks to a loving renovation by Brave New Ego, this yellow kitchen impresses not only with its summery color palette, but also with natural materials and a very special arrangement.

A kitchen that gains a timeless look with the help of a complete renovation, but doesn't lose its original charm and historic character? The Brave New Ego team was more than happy to execute. The Australian studio's mantra is “minimum change for maximum benefit” so designers led by founder Megan Norgate were inspired by the original color scheme of the Victorian house and provided the residents, a young couple, with a cozy pantry kitchen. The bright yellow tone will not only brighten up the room, but will not remind you of the mockery of a small, narrow ship despite the two-row arrangement.

The two lines of pantry kitchen are divided according to their use. On the one hand the appliances and the sink,…

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A bespoke storage solution in an Australian galley kitchen

On the other hand, an almost floor-to-ceiling wall unit with lots of storage space.

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What is so special about this kitchen?

No color name would be more appropriate than “Deep Sun” for this galley kitchen in Brunswick, Australia, a suburb of Melbourne. Not only because the bright yellow of the base cabinets dominates the entire room, but thanks to an extensive renovation by an Australian studio, the kitchen is flooded with sunlight. It never really is. The Yellow Kitchen is located in the back of a Victorian single-family house from 1885 that, despite previous renovations, still looks dark and cold. To transform it and make it more livable, the Brave New Ego team, led by founder Megan Norgate, was inspired by the original color and material design of the old house. She combined light lacquer facades with natural wood to create terracotta-colored floor tiles and glossy wall tiles on matte surfaces that shimmer in brown and cream depending on the viewing angle, thus perfectly matching the deep sunny yellow – the main protagonist. “Retaining the historic character of the house despite the renovation was important to the residents,” explains Megan Norgate. Hence, the color palette he uses is inspiring and not only homely, but also traditional – as is the choice of materials.

Galley kitchen with yellow and white cabinets in Australia

To give the narrow room more depth, the Brave New Ego team used contrasting wall tiles with different colors depending on the viewing angle.

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