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Kitchens with punch: Misco Joinery

Kitchen design in 2020 is going to be all about introducing feature colours and textures that add depth and style.



Moving away from neutral tones and white features, we’re now looking ahead to a whole new world of design to create a much more personalised, user-friendly influence for the heart of your home.

For more than 30 years, local, family-owned company Misco Joinery has been making ideas come to life throughout the Canterbury region and providing the whole package from design right through to installation.

This year they’re noticing that, in line with global trends, people are moving away from white kitchens and adding more colour, feature shelving and additions that make life in the kitchen much easier.

Waterfall kitchen islands are going to remain popular and melamine boards in grey, or warm wood grains, are being introduced to add texture and depth. Colour is even finding its way onto benchtops in a range of natural grey and marbled tones.

Outside the kitchen, the laundry is also going through changes, as they receive more attention. They are starting to include more design elements, a variety of storage options, and there’s also a growing emphasis on it feeling more like a room of its own.


The team at Misco Joinery say that while New Zealanders do tend to follow some of the Australian and European trends, Kiwis always make their homes their own by incorporating clean lines and making space work best for their lifestyle.

Misco Joinery is located at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, employing more than 45 staff who work with residential and commercial builders, as well as private clients in both the South and North Islands.

The team of designers, manufacturers and installers may specialise in creating stunning kitchens, but they’re also the people to call for installing new wardrobes, laundries and commercial fit-outs.

To see the full scope on offer, features a range of imagery to give you an idea of the styles available, and builders’ showhomes are dotted around the country so you can see the product first-hand and discuss your options with the friendly and helpful staff.

For more information on how Misco Joinery can help with your next project, phone 03 383 4384, email, and check them out on Instagram @miscojoinerynz.



Statement Splashbacks

Imagine walking into your home after a long stressful day at work, it’s raining and dark outside; you turn on the lights in your kitchen and bam! A bright lime green splashback brightens the room and your mood instantly.



Splashbacks are seen in nearly every contemporary abode, such is the power of their practicality. But in 2019 kitchens, form is combining with function and splashbacks are making a style statement all of their own. They change the energy and vibe of the space instantly, allowing you to quickly and easily update the overall look and feel, or pull a colour scheme throughout the house.

Whether it is a bright colour, your favourite floral arrangement or even black and white family snaps, the popularity of statement splashbacks is only set to increase in the latter of 2019.  While bold colours and geometric designs may be the winners, chalkboard splashbacks can add practicality to their list of charms and a mirrored splashback can add much needed space to a room that’s on the small side.

Whether you’re a passionate foodie who loves the challenge of a new recipe, or you simply love to embrace creativity in design, the kitchen may just be the creative canvas you need. The beauty here is that change is only a few tiles away, so choosing wisely is no longer a prerequisite.



Open Source

Kitchen cupboards starting to look worn or dated? Here’s a novel idea: throw them away!



The spaces within our sanctuaries have gone from minimalist to maximalist in the past few months and, with it the need to pretend there is no ‘stuff’ has gone out the window. Inspired by hotel and retail spaces, open shelving is adding to the bold statements we are seeking to make in our homes.

That doesn’t mean we need to put all the clutter on display. Much like styling throw pillows on a couch, there’s quite an art to styling your open cabinets. Start with a palette determined by existing colour schemes then take the opportunity to be creative with the decorative process by adding boxes, jars, draped plants and other items.

Neutral palettes are always a great place to start. White dishes, wooden cutting boards and creamy or clear canisters provide a base that is easy to switch around for special occasions or when you get bored.

Art is an easy way to bring colour and personality to your open shelves. Glass storage jars of varying sizes and heights add both form and function. If in doubt, Pinterest and Instagram are a prime store of inspiration.

Combine cook books and kitchen items. Books can be neatly arranged horizontally or vertically. Top stacks with small objects and then throw in larger items, such as vases, for variety. Finally, open shelving is a blank canvas for careful and curated arrangements that give visitors an insight into you and your family, so make it yours!

Simple but effective, open shelving allows you to add a touch of your own personality or store extra ingredients. It also comes with a level of accountability – with nowhere to hide mess, keeping the space tidy is a must and it does mean you should probably eschew that old chipped dinnerware.


Kitchen Dreams to Reality: Dream Doors Kitchens

It’s no surprise that Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch earned Best Franchisee of the Year for the sixth year in a row. With the company’s expertise and attention to detail, you’ll be left dazzled while admiring your new kitchen.




Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch is skilled in renovating kitchens because they manage projects from start to finish. Adrian Kay, owner of Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch states, “We really look after our customers; we manage the whole process for them so it goes smoothly and according to plan.”

Instead of leaving you with the weighty responsibility of coordinating with the plumber, electrician and other builders necessary to renovate your kitchen, Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch utilises the services of trusted craftsmen to make your dream kitchen a reality.
Similar to how craftsmen are critically assessed, so too are the materials used to renovate and build your kitchen.

Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch only uses custom made, locally sourced cabinetry to meet your specifications. Adrian and the team are confident enough in the calibre of their work and materials to put a ten-year guarantee on each kitchen completed by Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch.

Whether you’re starting from scratch on a new build or you’re looking to update your kitchen, you can expect it to be done right the first time with Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch. To make an inquiry, phone 03 338 1081 or submit one online at

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Creating the heart of home: Armstrong Interiors

Lacey Exton has joined the talented team at Armstrong Interiors, bringing with her two years of experience working in a high-end kitchen and joinery boutique company. Metropol catches up with Lacey to get the lay of the land when it comes to designing the heart of the home.




When designing a kitchen what is the first step?
Making sure the plumbing is in the correct place for your sink, dishwasher and filter fridge. It is good to engage your kitchen designer early and the design stages with the architect, prior to when the floor slab is poured.

When renovating to sell, what are cheap but effective ways to give you kitchen a boost?
The kitchen bench top and the back splash are hard surfaces that can make a huge difference to modernising the look; this will also bring a new lease of life back to your kitchen. Other good ways are updating joinery cupboard and drawer fronts, and adding floating shelving or box storage.

When choosing kitchen colours, should they match with the colour scheme of the home or can it be a total contrast?
It is nice to have some continuity between the kitchen design and colour scheme and the interior colours and finishes of your home. It is a much easier process for us at Armstrong Interiors as we can provide expert guidance on colour schemes.

What is your one kitchen must-have?
An island is the one thing that is very important for today’s living. This can double as a dining space, entertainment area for coffee and drinks, or a place for the family to gather and enjoy whether someone is in the kitchen cooking or not.

What part of the kitchen should you invest the majority of your budget?
Island and bench tops needs to be of high quality and durable to last. This is the ‘wow’ piece where you can really make a statement. Today stone suppliers have a vast range of natural stones and granites from all over the world. Engineered stones have also improved over the years and there is a colour and style for all design looks. However, if you are a keen master chef, it may be the appliances that you would like to indulge in.


Lacey Exton


Angelique Armstrong
Angelique Armstrong of Armstrong Interiors Ltd