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Room of the week – retro modern kitchen

May 11, 2011

This modern kitchen, featured in the Living etc gallery, provides a very casual space with open plan shelving and retro touches in the decorative artwork.

The kitchen combines painted cabinets, stainless steel appliances and long open shelving.  The look, which wouldn’t suit the minimalists among us, has a very relaxed feel and would be great if you are a committed cook and want direct access to all your cooking equipment.  The exposed brick walls reminds me of a New York loft apartment, and this brick wall look could easily be achieved with an imitation wall covering from Dreamwall.

A large range cooker is often on everyone’s wish list when they are planning their kitchen but is often ruled out due to cost.  The Baumatic model shown above is under £2,000 but provides 2 large ovens, 5 burners and comes in a great stainless steel finish.  I used this range on a project in Maida Vale so can recommend it.

Adding posters to a kitchen is a great way to add interest and a fun element, Cafe Press have a good range of very reasonably priced posters.  I would suggest you use a good quality frame and replace the poster when you tire of it – this will also keep your interior fresh.

The row of colourful glasses on the open shelving in this kitchen introduces an element of order into a kitchen that could be considered cluttered.  The Hula Rocking glasses shown below from LSA would be a fun touch in any kitchen with their bright colours and rounded bases.

By combining simple painted units, open plan shelving and a few retro touches this kitchen has achieved a very casual look, perfect for any property where the kitchen really is the heart of the home.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 9:27 pm

    As a family who love to cook a practical working kitchen suits us fine, we deal with designer kitchens for London appartments but notice many clients rarely use them, preferring to eat out. For us a 5 hob and hotplates with heated storage is just the job for a busy life in town. Love the Dreamwalls idea too, a nice touch enhancing the feel of comfy conversations over dinner.

  2. May 12, 2011 8:54 am

    Great blog as always, great advise and tips, appreciate the dreamwall mention thank you

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