Kitchen of the Week: Simple Style Opens Up a Narrow Galley Space
Clean lines and crisp design give the kitchen in this Victorian terrace in Birmingham a gorgeous sense of light and space
Although the owners, understandably, wanted as big a kitchen as possible, strict planning regulations meant permission was not granted for an extension into the side return. ‘We had to build the kitchen back within the same footprint,’ says Hannah, except at the far end, where she was able to grab a little extra space, extending to the side by about 700mm. ‘This was all we were allowed,’ she says, ‘but it created a place for a dining table, which the couple really wanted to include.’
To transform this narrow space into a stylish, contemporary kitchen, Hannah employed a host of clever ideas. ‘We did what we could within the constraints of the dimensions,’ she explains. ‘We maximised the feeling of space by installing a galley kitchen, and fitted as much glazing as possible to boost light levels. We also worked hard to create a good sense of flow, so the kitchen feels integrated with the rest of the house.’ Here’s how she did it…
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here A young professional couple
Property A Victorian terraced house with three bedrooms
Designer Hannah Cockburn of Cream & Black Interior Design
Size Approx 7.5m x 3m (at the widest point)
She also worked in different finishes – matt on the grey units and high gloss on the white – to create contrast without interrupting the simple grey and white colour scheme.
On the exterior wall, Hannah installed only base units. ‘They don’t interrupt the sight lines to the end of the room and into the garden,’ she says. ‘It helps the kitchen feel more airy.’
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‘Now, anything the owners add to the space, such as a piece of art, can work with it,’ says Hannah. ‘This is really a neutral, simple backdrop for everything else to happen around it over the years.’
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Hannah then fitted them with the same doors as the kitchen for a seamless look. ‘It was much less expensive to buy a ready-made kitchen and modify it with tailor-made touches than to have everything made bespoke,’ she adds.
This clever detail helps the long kitchen feel fully integrated into the house. ‘We wanted to keep a sense of flow, to make sure the kitchen didn’t feel isolated at the back,’ says Hannah.
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