Auckland Kitchen Design

kitchen with butler sinkSusan Templer, of Templer Interiors, designs unique and personalised kitchens for her clients. She loves both cooking and good organisation, and is enthusiastic about having a properly laid-out kitchen.

A new kitchen is one of the most expensive renovation projects a homeowner will undertake. Susan believes that if you are going to that expense, you should have everything just where you want it. “In design meetings, I ask my clients the questions that will give me all of the important details for designing a great cooking space.This includes not only the list of appliances and construction details, but also specifics such as my client’s preferred location for things like spices and cooking utensils. I make sure there is adequate work space and that the trash bins are nearby. I will even do an inventory with my client to assure that the type and size of cabinets will suit for items to be stored”.

While function is very important, Susan is also passionate about the finished look, “I like colour and detail and unique features. My clients are looking for something special in their new kitchen and I try to create that, while staying within my brief. And I always design for my client! I have worked with lots of people whose personal taste was different from mine, so I try to guide them towards what will work with what they like. I don’t believe that there is always only one answer or one better way”.


“Susan helped me pick out many different types of materials for my kitchen remodel and most importantly, ‘held’ my hand and gave me confidence when builders and installers encountered problems that I found confusing and overwhelming. Susan also encouraged me to add some personal ideas where I was unsure of the mix and it’s turned out beautifully!”

-Lisa Elizabeth, Auckland

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See some of our kitchen projects below…

Auckland Kitchen Design Showcase

So what kind of results can you expect when you choose Templer Interiors for your kitchen design?

Here is a showcase of some of our recently completed kitchen design projects:

Kitchen Design Showcase #1 – Bright & Beautiful

This classic Mt Eden villa needed a new kitchen that would suit the requirements of the owners, a couple that love to cook and who love to be surrounded by the finer things of life. To satisfy their requirements, traditional style cabinetry sits alongside top of the line appliances, including a custom designed hood. Italian glass pendants set off the lovely green walls and a little scullery serves as an additional work area for the messier chores.  Farmhouse sinks sit on platforms and appliances are hidden behind cabinet panels. Dining room cabinets match the style in the kitchen but flush toe bases and custom corbels evoke the look of bespoke furniture. And the richness and elegance of dark brown floor tiles creates a seamless flow throughout.

Shiny white is paired with soft green, all enhanced by polished metal, to create a kitchen that feels bright and airy. In a contemporary nod to the traditional style, clean lines pair with bin pulls and old world style taps to bring a fresh aesthetic to a classic look. All of these elements come together in a kitchen that is truly special, both to look at and in which to work.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #2 - A Place for Everything

The old kitchen in this mid-century style house was unattractive and impractical. And the dining area was squeezed into a space that could barely fit a small table for four. The new kitchen had to be as large as the space would allow, with loads of storage for a serious cook with a penchant for gadgets and cooking utensils. But walls that couldn’t be moved limited the design options. The solution was to relocate the dining area.

An extra wide hallway offered the needed space to add a dining area at the back of the living room, creating a lovely flow through to the new kitchen and on out to the new deck. To visually tie all the spaces together, the kitchen cabinets were built of oak and stained to match the dining room table.

Every detail has been meticulously planned for maximum storage without a millimeter of waste. Special storage inside the cabinets includes a chef’s pantry, spice racks, custom utensil dividers and a cleverly hidden rack for hanging skillets. A large Falcon range is in constant use but is visually upstaged by the custom mosaic splash back. But the most important feature of all is the large center island which provides loads of work space, cabinet storage all around and widens at the end for a comfortable eating area.

What looks like a second kitchen is actually a large laundry, with room for a hidden freezer and lots more storage space. With a place for everything, and everything in its place, great appliances, loads of work space, indoor outdoor flow and a beautiful look besides, this owner couldn’t be happier with this renovation that enhances the perfect modern home.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #3 - Hardworking and Fun Too

The kitchen in this classic Ponsonby villa was in dire need of updating. My clients requested a new kitchen that would operate as a modern and practical space. And they wanted it to look completely different than the old world, traditional style kitchen they had in the UK. This new world kitchen was to be sleek and contemporary, but with some personal touches to call their own.

The appliance star that sets off the main wall is the large Falcon stainless steel range with matching hood. Aluminium doors break up the expanse of white painted cabinets, frosted glass adds lightness and a little sparkle, and long stainless steel pulls add vertical and horizontal accents throughout. A small bar area next to the tall fridge and pantry is practical and opens up the long narrow space. A large island, with cabinets on three sides, is the perfect work area and provides much needed additional storage.

But for personality and a unique touch, you can’t beat that long red wall! Here the perfect paint colour was chosen to match the owners’ favourite painting and the quirky red cushions at the dining alcove complete the look.  Altogether, this lovely new kitchen is bright, fun and hardworking with all the necessities any cook could want.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #4 – Step Down to the Bar

Under the half floor of this open plan loft apartment, and running the width of the room in a narrow area, this kitchen came with an extensive wish list. It needed to have lots of storage, have a good flow for entertaining and it had to include the loft’s only dining area. Add to that a low ceiling, and there were challenges to spare!

The cabinets were extended the length of the wall, at three different depths to open the space as it flowed to dining, then entertaining areas. The upper cabinets are also stepped, from top to counter, to detract from the low ceiling. Metal cabinet doors shine against their dark neighbors, while the glass tile splash back echoes the colours in the fireplace and paintings. And in the corner, the perfect “mini bar” for entertaining.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #5 - Beauty Borrowed from the Sea

The original kitchen in this old villa, while charming and historical, was not practical for today’s modern homeowner. My client requested a kitchen that would be attractive and welcoming, with all the modern conveniences, while maintaining the period feel of the house. And it had to blend with her first appliance purchase, the very distinctive Falcon AGA range.

The painted cabinets are dressy without being formal while blending well with the dramatic colour scheme in adjoining rooms. Glass doors in all the upper cabinets make the room seem larger and matching panels hide appliances.

The island in this elegant room is topped with a single slab of unique blue granite, a daily reminder of my client’s love of deep sea diving. The white granite topping the cabinets along the back wall is hardworking and beautiful, rising to a traditional shape on the splash back.

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