Kitchen Tour: A Colourful Family Space With Room to Play
This once dreary kitchen-living space has been totally transformed by a carefully chosen mix of colour and pattern
So how do you do that when you can’t knock down walls, bring in new furniture or extend? That’s where Emma’s clever, creative eye came in. With a limited budget and a waste-free approach, she set about making subtle yet impactful changes to create a space that feels fresh, new and completely right for the family’s needs.
Who lives here? A couple and their young child
Location Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Property A Victorian semi-detached house
Room dimensions 52 sq m
Designer Emma Gurner of Folds Inside
Project year 2020
Photos by Anna Yanovski
The owners’ sofa provided inspiration for Emma when it came to transforming this kitchen and living space. “They were open to reupholstering it, but I thought it would work well in a more contemporary scheme,” she says. “This was my starting point. I then chose the pale blue walls to complement the fabric.”
A monochrome rug gives the area a contemporary feel, while a selection of cushions on the sofa helps to bring the whole palette together.
Monochrome rug, Floor Story. Cushions, Habitat. Wall painted in Delicate Blue, Little Greene.
She painted the pine fireplace surround in a slightly darker blue to the nearby wall to bring the spaces together. The layering of slightly different blue tones around the room gives it a coordinated yet eclectic look.
Fireplace painted in Yarmouth Blue, Benjamin Moore. Floor lamp, Houseof.
Dining table and chairs, West Elm. Cabinet painted in Lemon Grove, Benjamin Moore.
Two tones of blue paint were professionally sprayed onto the cabinets – a darker, grounding hue on the base units and a fresher pale blue on the wall unit (see below).
Emma then fitted modern brass handles to add a luxurious feel and laid red, chevron-patterned encaustic tiles on the floor to chime with the sofa.
Cupboard handles, Armac Martin. Encaustic floor tiles, Otto Tiles.
Wall cabinet painted in Stonington Gray; base units painted in Blue Echo, both Benjamin Moore. Milo pendants, Northern Lights. Bar stools, West Elm.
Pouffes, MH London.
Sideboard, DesignRetro. Rainbow wool rug, Cup & Cloth.
So are the couple happy with their new space? “They love it,” Emma says. “I went back shortly afterwards and we’ve gradually been working on more rooms in the house.”
Armchairs, Ikea. Pendant light, West Elm.
What do you like about this fun, eclectic kitchen and living space? Share your thoughts in the Comments.