How this old bedroom became a cool kitchen
TURNING a bedroom into a kitchen is a puzzle. If you create a wall-to-wall look of fitted units you run the risk of making an overbearing boxy room with no heart or soul. But if there is not enough storage, work-surface or kitchen character the room will lose its identity and practicality.
Therefore, a good design scheme will take account of the existing architecture of the room and make sensitive decisions to form something that fits like a glove.
The configuration of this apartment was such that many of the rooms needed to be relocated in order to create a good flow and keep key rooms like the kitchen in the central heart of the space.
Although this was the best layout it meant that the kitchen had a passageway through to other rooms and also needed to double up for informal dining.
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We accommodated these needs by creating a breakfast bar along one side of the open plan space and creating a niche dining area opposite the walnut faced units.
It was important to continue the colours and decoration from the main living area into the corridor so the kitchen palette married in.
We decided to use tiled walls to define the cooking zone and for decoration purposes.
Using a brick-shaped style with a 300mm x 100mm proportion we created a decorative backdrop of panels with coloured tiles to frame floating open shelves and the hob area. This echoed panelling ideas used elsewhere in the apartment.
Sprung lights above the panels emphasise the reflectivity of the tile glaze, giving the kitchen a professional yet relaxed feel and differentiating these walls from the rest of the room.
The work surface is in honed black granite; this gives an appearance that is very matt and soft. It contrasts dramatically with the sleek, glass breakfast bar-top hovering above. It is less hard-wearing and not as easy to clean as a tough polished granite – so be warned, oils and hot drinks can easily stain. But the aesthetic is modern and warm and allows the surface to look as though it is hewn from natural stone.
Original parquet flooring existed throughout the apartment. However, it was necessary to match this with an Amtico equivalent in the kitchen area. This was because we had to lay acoustic flooring in this particular space to protect the apartment below from sound above. Height issues with parquet blocks meant that we had to find a good alternative.
One of the most striking features in this kitchen is the stunning Aloe Blossom pendant light by Jeremy Cole (jeremycole.net) in black. It hangs from an original ceiling rose and restores the feeling that this is a room within the apartment layout, not just a shoehorned kitchen.
Gill is one half of the award- winning husband-and-wife team Goodchild Interiors, of Clifton.
They offer a complete architectural design service from single room-to-room updates or entire home renovations.
Contact Gill on 0117 927 9475 or email gill@goodchild interiors.net or visit www. goodchildinteriors.net.