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Room of the Week

February 23, 2015

This week in the office we are starting work on a kitchen for a client who has just returned from living in a New York loft. After enjoying the American lifestyle the brief is for a kitchen that needs to be streamlined with an industrial look but also very functional. This week’s Room of Week has the perfect style we are looking for.

Many people like to hide everything away in their kitchen and if you are a ‘neat freak’ that’s often the best design decision. If you prefer to adopt open shelving in your kitchen it will bring a new aspect of detailing to your room. The shelving in this kitchen has a natural warmth due to the wood used. Also the amount of shelving ensures the items on it do not look cluttered and are allowed their own space. Top tip though, if you go for open shelving don’t allow it to become a ‘dumping ground’. Receipts, paperwork and opened food packaging will not create the style you are aiming for here.

The fully tiled wall in this kitchen is a very effective way to add character and break up all the painted walls. This home has the luxury of high ceiling which accentuates this feature. Subway style tiles have featured in many interiors recently so to make your choice look different search for tiles out of the ordinary. I’ve specified the Chasseur Brushed range from Original Style for a project recently. With a brushed finish they bring some softness to a room and would create the perfect kitchen splashback.

Original Style : Chasseur Brushed

Bar stools are often a difficult item to choose for a kitchen. Do you go for colour, metal, wood – or a combination? The choice can seem endless but one of the most important things to consider is often comfort. Many beautiful bar stools are actually uncomfortable so don’t be tempted with a cheap online deal, go road test the stool in store before you buy them.

Emeco : Navy Barstool

One of my favourite bar stools is the Emeco Navy barstool. Original designed for use on submarines in 1944 the Navy range has been in production ever since, The stools are comfortable, hard-wearing and guaranteed for life. Although they aren’t the cheapest available the quality is unmistakable – for adding some wow factor to your kitchen this is a classic barstool.

This room was originally featured in the extensive galleries of House to Home. Take a look over at their website for room inspiration, and be sure to check back here every week to find which one of the rooms has been showcased.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2015 10:11 am

    Andrew whilst this is lovely it would seriously do my nut in. I’d have to be up a step ladder all the time cleaning all lovely things that are lovingly on display and god forbid should one of them not be aligned!!

    I’d end up rocking and crying I reckon. Bring back doors.

    • February 23, 2015 10:14 am

      So you are that person who NEEDS doors Mary? I’m probably half and half … I could cope with some open shelving – but it would need to be super tidy. I guess that’s why planning a kitchen is such a personal thing!

  2. February 26, 2015 3:54 pm

    Hi Andrew. I love the brushed metal tiles. So often those unbroken stainless steel splashbacks (when used in the home) can feel really severe. Breaking the space up in this way, without losing the benefits of the material is really lovely idea. Beautiful.

    • February 26, 2015 3:55 pm

      Great aren’t they – I’ve got a few projects I’d like to use them on!

    • February 28, 2015 11:02 am

      There is often an overhead with beautiful design, if the style doesn’t suit many people choose something functional – but not necessarily as beautiful. For me personally, with comprises it would work – the key would be to not overload them, cluttered open shelving is a big no!

  3. February 28, 2015 10:59 am

    I know it’s trendy to have open shelving in kitchens these days. The only thing I have with this is the dusting and cleaning. We had them in our Zurich apartment and it was such a pain cleaning the shelves every week plus the plates used to get different locations now and then because my other half forgot where they suppose to go. I like the idea of open shelves as it opens up the space but from a practical point it wasn’t working for me.

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