Norfolk by design
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 17 July 2013
Looking at the history of the domestic interior, it is fascinating to see how the proportions of rooms vary in different periods and how our lifestyle influences the layout of a property. When working with clients on period properties we often find kitchens to be inadequate for the way we live today. With our busy lives the kitchen tends to be multifunctional and often the heart of the home.
In modern homes the kitchen often doubles as a dining or breakfast room; family homes built towards the end of the 20th century will probably have spacious kitchens but are now starting to look dated. The downside of having a large kitchen is the cost of replacing the units.
There is a misconception that using an interior designer is an expensive luxury, but I actually work to my client’s budgets creatively. For instance, when presented with a dated kitchen the first thing I think about is whether the layout works for the client and that there is suitable storage – then I take a look to see what can be saved and reused.
My client’s kitchen pictured had very solid doors and the general style suited her country location; it was very dark and the detailing fussy. By removing the “twiddly bits”, repainting the doors and replacing the handles, it instantly lightened the room at minimal cost.
Wall to wall tiling used to be seen as a must, but this can close a space in and look clinical. We tiled behind the range cooker for cleaning purposes as well as to add a focal point, painting the walls in a washable paint above the granite “up-stand” that finishes off the new granite worktop.
Advances in lighting technology has been revolutionary in recent years allowing creative lighting schemes for the kitchen to be produced with energy efficient fittings replacing fluorescent tubes and halogen spotlights with LED alternatives. Above cupboard lighting in this project gives an illusion of height.
By renovating the kitchen units more money was left to spend on the little luxuries, in this case it was a boiling water tap – now there is no kettle to be seen!