The Complete Picture

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Christina Narayanan of The Complete Picture is an interior designer, colour consultant and kitchen designer.  Contact Christina if you need someone to answer questions or help you to navigate through your next renovation, new built or interior project.

"Here is a collection of some of my favourite jobs I have worked on.  As you can see, the before and after images speak for themselves"

Whitby Kitchen:

This was an exciting project to help design.  It was such a narrow, long space and the existing dark cabinetry sapped all the light from this room.  These owners wanted a functional kitchen, which was light, bright and modern.  The high gloss cabinetry, stone benches, handleless design and lighter flooring have helped to create a sense of space and the horizontal lines in this kitchen draw the eye down to the most amazing inlet views out the window.

Churton Park Exterior:

I absolutely love working with colour, and this project in Churton Park is one of many exterior colour schemes I have worked on.  After living in this home for many years these clients wanted to update the exterior colour scheme.  The original colour of this home was a pale green that had a very cold feel.  The new scheme uses Resene Double Ash (a smokey neutral with a green edge) on the main body of the home and Resene Eighth Ash on the eaves to give a nice contrast. Because we had to work with the existing window joinery, roof and garage door colours, I wanted a subtle neutral colour which would complement this. I also wanted a colour which had a bit of substance; nothing too pale and washed out.

I was so excited with the finished product.  It looks fantastic.  The colour looks so right, that it makes the home look like it has always been this colour.  Yay.

Newlands Bathroom:

Again, another tough space.  This bathroom was very small and narrow.  As the only bathroom for a family of five, it needed to be functional, easy to maintain and create the illusion of space, while maintaining the era of the home.  The owners opted out of a bath so that they could incorporate and extra large, tiled shower.  The choice of colours, fittings, materials, decorative details, storage ideas and lighting, have helped to create a bathroom that is now one of the most used rooms in this home.


Kerikeri Kitchen:

I had a quick trip up to Kerikeri at the top of the North Island to help good friends of mine design this new kitchen space.  It was one of the biggest kitchens I had been in, just cooking a meal was a work out on its own!  This job was a good example of how big is not always better.  Because we had to use the existing flooring, it was important that the layout of the room remained the same.  By including more usable cabinetry options we helped to reduce the clutter and maximize the bench space.  Another clever element in this design was the moveable island unit.  This acted as the perfect intermediary point in this kitchen and could be be moved out of the space to provide the perfect buffet table.

Johnsonville Master Bedroom:

This was a fun master bedroom to design.  I am all for happy wife equals happy life, and in this case the wife was not happy.  The existing master bedroom had a pokey old fashioned wardrobe and these owners wanted this room to incorporate a wardrobe with enough space for the both of them.  This involved widening the opening to the existing wardrobe, adding sliding wardrobe doors and a custom designed wardrobe system.  Add to that new flooring, wall colours, window treatments and bedding and we now had a happy wife!


Churton Park Kitchen:

Here I had another long, narrow kitchen which was separated from the rest of the home.  It was too small, too dated and just did not work for this family.  The key to this design was removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create an open plan space.  The addition of a breakfast bar area to this kitchen made it a more interactive space and it has now become the hub of this home.


Wellington Bathroom/Laundry Colour Consult:

This was a great colour consult job I helped with for a Wellington family.  They had a really small, dingy bathroom and their laundry also doubled as a main thoroughfare, adjacent to the bathroom.  They had initial concerns about using a dark colour in this space, but by using it only on two walls which also had the door and window in it, and balancing this against the high gloss white tiles, the warmth of wood and good lighting they ended up with a great result. The simple white colour palette in the laundry helped to simplify this space and compliment the bathroom.

Our Own Kitchen:

Once in a while I have the opportunity of renovating my own home.  I love having the chance to do this.  In fact there is no room left untouched in our home.  Here is some pictures of our original kitchen which felt about the size of a shoe box, and the after kitchen which is a completely different space.  We did steal some space from the adjacent dining room and living room, but opening up the walls between these spaces gave us the luxury to do so.  I love my kitchen.                                  © The Complete Picture Ltd 2014-all rights reserved