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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.



High-end design inspiration: Bates Joinery

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said Verdi and having Milan, that city of style and culture to host EuroCucina, the largest kitchen trade fair in Europe, is non-negotiable.



Mark and Jaden Allworthy, Owner and Showroom Manager of Bates Joinery, attended EuroCucina where high-end kitchens, design and technology are showcased to Europe. They returned inspired by the colossal display of latest best practice and design trends. They met designers, renowned manufacturers, and other professionals in the industry to discuss everything about the modern kitchen.

“It’s brilliant to go and learn about the state-of-the-art. From EuroCucina we got the trend forecast for New Zealand for the next few years – kitchen design is going into darker colours and soft matte blacks,” Mark says.

The trip inspired the design of Bates’ new showroom back in Christchurch. Hosted on the trip by Blum and Hafele, Mark and Jaden have introduced the latest sliding and folding hardware technology to the showroom.

The showroom has proved popular with clients who are finding decision-making easy with the range of materials displayed there, such as StyleLite acrylic supplied by Mulford Plastics, handles from Elite Hardware, High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Melamine from New Zealand Panels Group, engineered stone benchtops from Artisan Stone, splashback in FLORIM, supplied by Archant and fabricated by Artisan Stone, and even Laminex High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and MELTECA by Laminex Group used for Jaden’s desk.




Transform your kitchen: Aspiring Kitchens

Like most great ideas, Aspiring Kitchens & More grew through hands-on experience and creative thinking.



Managing Director John Harris ran a successful building and property maintenance company for 10 years, installing kitchens and bathrooms across the UK.

John is a qualified electrician, plumber and construction project manager; all important skills to progress your project smoothly from concept to completion. Recognising the demand for exciting, innovative and design-driven ways to update your home, John, along with his wife Hazel, established a thriving kitchen company in Wellington.

With their relocation to Christchurch, their son Chris has now joined the company, bringing his own fresh new skills, innovation and creativity to the team.

Aspiring Kitchens offers great options to transform your kitchen. Their ‘Kitchen Refresh’, where they keep your existing cabinets and replace the doors, drawer-faces and décor panels, saves you time, disruption and dollars. You can get a brand-new kitchen look within a day or two, keeping it functional throughout.

The ‘Kitchen Remodel’ option offers all of the above, plus you can add more storage or improved functionality and they’ll fabricate and fit new, custom-made cabinets.

New kitchen? Not a problem. The team will listen to your ideas, work closely with you and design a stunning new kitchen on cutting-edge 3D VR photo-realistic software, with all the cabinetry fabricated in New Zealand and professionally project-managed and fitted with care.

New benchtops, laundries, home offices and built-in furniture are all also catered for. Pop into the beautiful showroom and meet the friendly team at 2/7 Halswell Road, or phone 0800 202 171 for a free consultation.




Kitchens of Distinction: Dream Doors Kitchens

It really doesn’t take much to transform a tired, dated and crammed kitchen into something that’s airy, fresh, ultra-sophisticated and entirely functional for family life. All it requires is to get expert advice from the right people and you’re well on your way.




Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch is the right team. Managing Director Adrian Kay is proud of his record of delivering bespoke kitchens that more than meet the needs and lifestyles of his clients.

Dream Doors Kitchens offers both kitchen facelifts as well as completely new kitchens, and Adrian says their point of difference is they offer an unbiased opinion on what exactly needs to be done, factoring in space and budget requirements. In addition to this, they can also help with laundries, bathroom vanities, office/study and garage storage solutions.

Dream Doors Kitchens had an exhibitor’s stand at the recent Canterbury Home Show and says it was a fantastic weekend culminating in a lot of names registered on the waiting list for either a facelift kitchen or new kitchen.

“There’s limited space left heading into the Christmas period, but if people book a consultation now, we should be able to have a beautiful kitchen installed in their home by Christmas.”

Installation typically takes two days, and Adrian ensures he and his team make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible for clients; it’s the kind of professionalism you want when seeking to achieve your dream kitchen.

Phone 03 338 1081, email, visit or find them on Facebook.




Making the old new: M.F. Turnbull

Why replace when you can reuse, recycle or restore? That approach is as true with kitchens and furniture as it is with other more obvious elements of our throwaway and acquisitive society. It is also the mantra and the fundamental philosophy of M.F. Turnbull, the specialists in making the old new again.



“More and more we are seeing a trend towards refinishing and refurbishing kitchens rather than totally renovating them,” Monique Turnbull says. “A facelift for a fresh new look may be all a kitchen requires if it has been well designed in the first place and is functional. This could cut the cost of renovation by up to 50 percent.”

So rather than replacing perfectly good cabinetry to get a new kitchen, M.F. Turnbull Kitchen Renenewal can refinish – i.e. recolour – your kitchen. No matter what the current finish is – timber, lacquer or a pre-finished board such as melamine – they can repaint it to the colour of your choice to bring your kitchen right up to date.

“You can have any standard colour you like off any colour chart. If you have something different in mind, or a specific colour or tone you may want, we can work with you and make it happen. You can also choose the gloss level for the paint from a textured matte to a mirror-like high-gloss.”

M.F. Turnbull can also do minor alterations to cabinetry, or provide new cabinets where required such as overhead fridge cabinets, microwave areas and oven surrounds. If you require new door fronts, soft close hinges and drawer runners, they can organise that as well.

As for process, after a free no-obligation consultation and quote the company’s specialist kitchen installers will remove all the items to be repainted. Once this work is completed at the made-for-purpose Christchurch factory, the installers will put your new kitchen back together – from removal to reinstallation takes about three weeks.



M.F. Turnbull certainly doesn’t limit refinishing and refurbishing to kitchens. The team also specialises in furniture restoration and renovation. Pieces that have gone out of fashion can be revamped and updated. Much loved older pieces can be revitalised by being stripped, repaired and refurbished back to their original condition. M.F. Turnbull can update and revitalise virtually everything – from sideboards, chairs and lamp bases, to bedroom suites, dining tables, coffee tables, wall units, vanities and wardrobe doors.

Monique suggests you send in photos of your kitchen or furniture with a description of what you would like and the team can provide a quote. You can do that either by emailing or uploading directly to the website. Please include your contact number in case there are any questions.

You can also contact M.F. Turnbull on 03 365 2519 or visit and




Tuxedo Kitchens

White and off-white have long reigned supreme in the world of interior design, particularly when it comes to kitchens, where we seek bright, clean spaces. However, it seems we’re seeing a return to black kitchen cabinetry, splashbacks and marble countertops, and contrasting black with white walls. It’s got our kitchens looking chic, with parental practicality.




Planning a kitchen fitout or renovation in 2019? This year interior colour trends will embrace a darker colour palette, with fewer colours and a greater emphasis on black, contrasted by simple white, rich browns, grey, taupe, beige, natural wood and other neutral tones.

Black brings elegance and mood to a space like no other hue, and while opting for a predominantly black kitchen is a brave move, it’s one that can prove highly successful when done right. Transform an old, tired kitchen into a sleek and contemporary space using glossy or matte black cupboards, drawers and countertops. Black leathered-finish marble is coming in hot, as are charcoal coloured appliances like rangehoods, fridges and ovens.

And if you can’t bring yourself to go all out, a monochromatic kitchen space is classic yet adds a touch of modernity – splashes of black through handles/knobs, trims, appliances and pendant lights can be all that’s needed to update a worn-out space. Wow guests this year by adding a bit of visual drama to your home. Freshen up your existing kitchen or pay homage to the trend by furnishing your new place with a bold black kitchen fit out.



Rocking the stone look: Rocktops

Handcrafted stone specialist Rocktops has been delivering Christchurch homeowners their visions in granite, engineered stone and marble since 2001. Through smart design, the talented team can provide benchtops, fireplaces, stone panels, outdoor kitchens, stone hearths or that amazing vanity you’ve always wanted.



Photo courtesy of Arvida Group – Living Well Apartments, park Lane Retirement Village, Tower Junction, Christchurch

You could spend hours creating that outdoor BBQ area and, when it’s finished, it looks decidedly average, so why not take the stress out of it and get the team at Rocktops to create that ‘wow’ factor in your home? Matt Wilson has owned Rocktops since 2012 and has lived and breathed stonework his whole life. He is a true professional – talk to him and become inspired to create something special and unique for your home. Rocktops works with large companies and interior designers, right down to individual homeowners seeking a specific piece to suit any situation. You don’t have to be an artist to create your next feature – let Matt and his team design it for you!

With expert advice and the ability to service any part of New Zealand they will organise packing and freight to bring you a high quality, high finish product from a company that strives for perfection. From benchtops, shower walls, bath surrounds and table tops, to stairs, stairways and fire hearths – the options are endless. Email through your requirements and they can come to you with a multitude of different, marble, granite or quartz varieties for any need.


Visit or phone 03 348 9490.


Dream Doors

New Year, New Kitchen: Dream Doors

If your kitchen’s in need of a modern facelift to kick-start 2019, the team at Dream Doors Christchurch is an expert in design transformation.


Dream Doors


Specialising in replacement kitchens, renovations and new build projects, its goal is to create an inviting, functional space that lights up the heart of your home. Offering a wide range of quality, New Zealand made products, it can help with any stage of the upgrade, whether it be doors and drawers, benchtops, sinks and taps, storage solutions, or handles and accessories.

The best part is the experienced team keeps disruption to a minimum and can fast-track facelifting services, so the whole project could be complete in as little as one or two days.

Adrian Kay has owned and operated Dream Doors Christchurch since 2012, winning the Dream Doors New Zealand Franchisee of the year, every year from 2013. In 2017, Dream Doors Christchurch also won the Westpac Franchise Association of New Zealand ‘Franchisee of the year – Home Services’.


Dream Doors


Already Adrian is starting to notice new trends emerge for 2019 – including classic-style kitchens featuring softer greys and stone benchtops – but there’s something in the range for all tastes. To help you decide, the company offers a free quote and consultation where they will bring a multitude of samples to look through and provide helpful tips.


To arrange your visit today, phone 03 338 1081, email and visit


MF Turnbull

Restored, renewed, revitalised: MF Turnbull

Celebrating 30 years in business, MF Turnbull has earned its place as an iconic Christchurch business. Experts in paint, stain, polyurethane and polished finishes on furniture and joinery, there is very little in the home that Monique and Murray Turnbull and their team cannot regenerate.


MF Turnbull


While finishing new items is a large part of the business, Monique says that word of their success in revitalising kitchen cabinetry has spread. While so many Christchurch homes are looking gorgeous after their earthquake repairs and redecorations are complete, existing kitchens can look a little drab in comparison, and that’s where ‘Turnbulls’ comes in. Kitchen cabinets in melamine, paint, lacquer and timber can be refinished to create a new and modern look. “We have a great product to go over melamine which is so hardwearing. And a bonus is that it contains Teflon – it makes the surface really easy to clean,” Monique says.


MF Turnbull


The process is simple; Manager Steve Baker goes out to clients’ homes to discuss what they would like to achieve and provides a free quote. Turnbulls then arranges for the removal and reinstallation of all the parts that will be resurfaced in the workshop. “Clients find it’s an ideal time to turn out their kitchen cupboards because they can see everything once the doors are off. It’s a real refreshment of the kitchen inside and out!”

Monique says. The team of 22, which now operates across three Christchurch sites, also rejuvenates bedroom and dining furniture, doors, wardrobe doors, anything in your house that might be spray painted. They can also do French polishing of antiques and the modern equivalent – staining and clear polyurethane. “I really like the idea that it’s an environmentally friendly way to refresh your house. Our approach means reuse of the kitchen or piece of furniture, rather than throwing it out and buying new,” Monique says.


MF Turnbull


“The challenge can be getting out of people’s heads the vision that they have. Not everyone wants plain finishes; French provincial or distressed is often called for, but everyone’s idea of that is different. By talking through the end goal using samples and options to clarify, the team is very good at turning visions into reality,” Murray says. The team takes pleasure in clients’ joy when they have had something old and it has received its reincarnation at Turnbulls. “I’ve seen some amazing things happen to furniture over the years,” Monique says.

“We removed camouflage paint from a tallboy, to discover the timber was beautiful underneath. The owner arranged for her father, who had originally made the piece, to collect it. He didn’t realise what it was until he saw his name and the date he made it on the back. His face was a picture!”


Turnbulls is open 7:30am to 4pm weekdays with easy parking at the front door.

For more information, visit, or phone
03 365 2519.


Lume Design

Fully Functional

If there are current trends, they’re about ease, streamlining, quality and recess-enabled concealment. We want visual quiet. We’re rejecting clutter. Function is key, designers remind us.


Fully Functional


Here are some current ideas for these hard-working rooms:

  • Give kitchens and bathrooms optimal space. Consider their natural connection to greenery and the outdoors. If there’s a fence outlook, could sweet peas or similar be trained up and along? Be cunning with large mirrors, or clever windows.

  • Butler’s pantries are desirable, because they often serve most purposes…food and appliance storage; sinks. Regular pantries or bench-top appliance cupboards should contain ample power points to hide away technology, plus the toaster, jug, sandwich press or smoothie-maker.

  • Large central islands that double as breakfast bars with lots of recessed bar-stools are The. Best. Thing. Preferably with rubbish bins for separating waste not directly under a sink. People need to access bins without getting in the cook’s way.

  • The best modern kitchens and bathrooms are well planned for light, sound, ventilation, drainage and heat. Incorporate concealed speakers, i-pod stations, and automated, knee-high lighting. In the bathroom, can medicine and cosmetic cabinets be recessed/concealed?

  • Many kitchens and bathrooms are monochromatic, yet dramatic and somehow memorable. Pendant light-fittings might be stand-out-gorgeous. Mirrors might emit light from behind.

  • Bathrooms and kitchens with fabulous storage are completely hip. Concealed, in-wall drawers and cupboards from floor to ceiling optimise space while keeping aesthetics peaceful.