Twin palettes

The renovation of this 30-year-old Westmere home was designed with the intention to introduce a contemporary narrative.

Interior designer Luciana Borges’ clients had opposing ideas: one wanted light tones and neutrals, the other wanted dark, moody spaces, so the sensible compromise was to meet in the middle and deliver both.

So began the development of a palette that weaved light and dark together, offering a journey of juxtaposition.

The kitchen is where it begins, with what was a small space extended to incorporate an island and more room for entertaining. A white granite was chosen for the island, which sets the tone for the lighter hues; against it, above-bench dark-stained American oak cabinetry divided by the rear benchtop, also in granite, gives way to below-bench cabinetry with a matte finish in Quarter Surrender by Resene: together, they introduce the dramatic chiaroscuro of the story that runs throughout this home.

Downstairs, the guest bathroom embraces the light with subtle silver undertones in large-format tiles that wrap floor and walls. Fluted tiles in the same colourway echo the ribbed glass of a Crittall door that separates the kitchen from the entrance gallery. Upstairs, the en suite delves into opposing tones with deep charcoal–toned tiles creating an immersive moody retreat.

“We set out to create something modern and deliver two very different design languages in one connected journey. I think we have achieved that here.”

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