It's All About the Finishes in this Kitchen Renovation

Marble, stone, brass and rattan combine in a characterful Killarney kitchen, which boasts an array of mixed textures and finishes.

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Is there anything better than a glossy emerald feature wall? Perhaps a patterened terrazzo floor highlighted with wicker furniture? As the Killarney kitchen of interior designer Michele Throssell proves, you needn't limit your finishes to one material or pattern. 'I like the idea of mixing a lot of texture and marble and stone and brass, with wicker,' she says. 

When renovating her apartment in the highly sought-after Rapallo building in Johannesburg, Throssell combined her love of heritage with the glamour of the city, pairing handmade green tiles on the kitchen walls with Nero Marquina marble counter tops and brass kickplates for a glamorous contemporary aesthetic.

If you'd like to incorporate a mixture of finishes and textures into your kitchen, refer to our handy shopping guide below.

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Wall Tiles

Based in Knysna in the Western Cape, Akashic Tiles creates the most beautiful handmade tiles. All products are made to order, and you can choose from an array of on-trend colours and unique shapes and sizes. 'What makes handmade tiles so beautiful is the inevitable colour variation in the glazes,' says Akashic Tiles. 'This is something that happens naturally when creating ceramics and is caused by numerous factors ranging from the different temperatures within the kiln, the way that different glazes react with various materials, and the different positions in which the tiles are placed on the spraying table. We find the beauty is in the unpredictability!'

Below are a few examples of their work.





Terrazzo Flooring

Terrazzo has been on every trends list since late 2017 and is still ranking high. Although original terrazzo can be hard to find, there are various modern iterations including digitally printed terrazzo on wallpaper and vinyl and terrazzo coatings on screed floors. There are even tutorials out there to help you make your own terrazzo, so you can customise your terrazzo flooring by colour and size. When Throssell renovated this apartment, she installed a pattern-heavy terrazzo floor in the kitchen to add dimension to the space. Douglas Jones has recently started stocking tiles similar to those Throssell used, and even though they are porcelain, they could easily be mistaken for the real deal.

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terrazzo look porcelain tile house and leisureterrazzo look porcelain tile house and leisureSHOP IT | Segni Tappetto Rabat tiles, R1 122/m2 | Douglas Jones 
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SHOP IT | Segni Tappetto TanTan tiles, R1 122/m2 | Douglas Jones 

Rattan Furniture

A defining characteristic of Throssell's kitchen is her impressive kitchen cupboard with wooden drawers and rattan doors that was designed by herself and then custom-made by her joiner. Rattan is another one of those materials that is making a huge comeback, and it's great for adding warmth and texture to a space. @home has recently launched a few lovely rattan furniture pieces that could easily be used in an open-plan kitchen-cum-dining room.

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SHOP IT | Caledon sideboard, R12 999 | @home
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SHOP IT | Wick dining chair in Black, R1 699, and Caledon dining chair, R4 699 | Both @home (in-store only)