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Kitchen choice and materials

February 16, 2010
Pura kitchen from Eggo (Nobilia)

Pura kitchen from Eggo (Nobilia)

This is the kitchen model we are thinking of taking. It is from Eggo, and they surprised us on the price, which was pleasantly lower than anticipated. The kitchens are actually a German brand, Nobilia. The model without handles is more esthetic, we feel, i.a. because with strong overhead lighting in a kitchen, handles cast marked shadows on the doors. It’s in factory-lacquered MDF with a door thickness of 22mm.

Here is a close-up of the materials we have selected. This model exists in only two colors, white and magnolia, and we think to go for the magnolia. The worktop is a yellow-pink granulite from India called Shivakashi. Although Sean also liked the black granite, in the end this one is warm and really fits nicely. The name and provenance also fit 🙂 As does the name of the kitchen model, Pura: read in Cyrillic, it says Riga, Olga’s home town.

Cupboard front and worktop

Cupboard front and worktop - Pura Magnolia, Shivakashi

Another image of the granite is this one from

Based on this choice, we are wondering about the floor. One choice, which would certainly keep everything harmonious, would be to put the same granite on the floor as on the worktop. I’m especially attracted to this idea because of the similarity in color of the doors and worktop. Given that the floor is a big space on which light falls directly, and the low level of natural light in the kitchen, it also needs to be light and the risk is that another shade would be unesthetic. However, another finish and material could maybe offset this concern, and I am concerned that shiny granite especially in the eating area which is contiguous might feel too like an airport (and I’m no fan of airports). So maybe one of these tiles would work? What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

Grey floor tile, 15*15, diamond pose

Grey floor tile, 15*15, diamond pose

Or this one:
Pale floor tiles from Monocibec

Pale floor tiles from Monocibec

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2010 8:54 am

    Hi, This yellow-pink granulite worktop is looking nice. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article and pics.

  2. Chris permalink
    December 7, 2011 6:36 pm

    Hi. I have just read your entry in Blueskybru (Brussells Renovation project) of Feb 16th 2010. We are also thinking of a Shivakashi worktop and painted doors – either cream or magnolia. But the problem is the floor. Our kitchen is quite dark. What did you go for in the end and are pleased with the result?

  3. Jangali permalink
    December 8, 2011 2:49 pm

    Hi Chris,

    We went for the magnolia doors and Shivakashi.
    As regards the floor, in my opinion you need something darker for contrast, however also not so dark that it shows the dirt too easily.
    That the kitchen is dark has no implications for the floor, but it does mean you need to put in a lot of lighting. In our kitchen there are about 20 50W spots, as well as lighting under the cupboards and the extractor hood. It’s only a slight exaggeration.
    Good luck,

    • Chris permalink
      December 8, 2011 8:55 pm

      Hi Jangali,
      Thanks for sparing the time to reply to my post. Your comments are very helpful. Our thinking is that to brighten the kitchen we should go for a light painted door and we are attacted to Shivakashi. Would love to see a photo of your kitchen if you have one. My email is


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