Before & After: A Modern Moroccan-Themed Kitchen - Spinryde Home Renovations

Before & After: A Modern Moroccan-Themed Kitchen

A love of nomadic Berber, Arab-Islamic and European influences steered the style for this Victorian kitchen. In a Q&A format, Vanessa Walker talks to the designers – and examine the creative thinking – behind some of Houzz’s most loveable rooms.

Who lives here: A family of three when this renovation took place.
Location: Camberwell, Victoria
Room purpose: An open-plan kichen
Approximate budget: Excluding appliances, AU$39,000 plus GST


  • Create a kitchen that shows Moroccan influences in colour and pattern.
  • Increase the storage and bench area in the kitchen. I incorporated a pull-out pantry to the left of the stove for everyday items and a butler’s pantry was refitted at the rear of the kitchen.
  • The fridge needed replacing so I installed a Fisher & Paykel French-door model, then increased the depth of the bench area beside it so the fridge front sat flush with the depth of the bench.
  • I reused the existing stove/oven and range hood, which I incorporated into the design.

Starting point

  • The client had been to Morocco and had fallen in love with the tiles and colours she had seen there. Hence the tile selection I used, which was sourced from Perini Tiles in Melbourne, Victoria. Most of the decorating decisions flowed from the tile selection.

Key design aspects

Colour palette:

  • Dulux Natural White on the ceiling.
  • Dulux Lexicon quarter strength on the walls.
  • The Cabinets are solid stained walnut timber. We chose them to work in with the colours in the tiles and to match with the existing timber doors and architraves throughout the house.

Materials palette:

What challenges did you work around?
The challenge was to ensure that the kitchen blended in with the rest of the house in terms of colour, which it certainly did.

Why do you think this room works?
It looks beautiful and has given the client a lot more useable bench space and storage.

Your turn
Which ideas would you steal from this space? Contact Spinryde today and ask us how we can help bring your kitchen goals to life.

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