Kitchen Tour: A Colourful Kitchen-diner With a Smart Utility Room
Joyful colour and plenty of daylight make this kitchen-diner in a 1930s house a wonderful space for a young family
Claudia Urvois’ redesign on the same footprint is a masterclass in maximising space, with clearly zoned areas slotted together perfectly within a light, open room connected to the outdoors.
Who lives here? A family with two primary-age children
Location Kensal Rise, north London
Property A 1930s house
Kitchen-diner dimensions 31.5 sq m
Designer Claudia Urvois of Claudia Urvois Interior Design
Photos by Taran Wilkhu
The new kitchen-diner feels open, sunny and warm, with a soaring ceiling and a playful palette. Part of the reason the owners chose Claudia to revamp it was her eye for colour. “I don’t push if clients don’t want loads of colour, but this would have had a different mood in neutrals,” she says.
The greens, yellows and pale lilac are complemented beautifully by natural oak.
Bar stools; chairs; dining table; white chair (in the foreground), all Another Country. Artworks, Rise Art.
The angles also contribute to the excellent light in the new room. “The space faces north, so the windows on the back and sides, plus the two angled skylights, allow the sun to come in at different times from different directions,” she says.
Electric lighting can be tricky with a pitched roof, so Claudia planned ahead. “We asked the builders to make sure the side panels of the skylight were reinforced, as we were going to have a lot of tension pulling on that wire to hang three heavy glass lights,” she says.
Kitchen walls and ceiling painted in Soba, Paint & Paper Library. Rug, Claudia Urvois.
Claudia has maximised every inch. The units are mostly standard, but, because it’s a sloping roof, the top cupboards were custom-made. They’re small inside because of the slope, but still offer some useful storage.
Similarly, there’s an extractor fan in the two cupboards above the hob, but Claudia made use of the space that was left. “When you open the doors, there are four very slim shelves in front of the extractor that hold herbs and spices,” she says.
Kitchen, Such Designs; painted in Hunter Green, Benjamin Moore. Pendant lights, Retrouvius. Boiling-water tap, Zip.
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Banquette material, Kvadrat. Cushions, Teshio and Tide.
Behind the green cabinet doors here is an American-style fridge-freezer. The white understairs cupboards provide more storage; the tall one is for coats, while the angled one holds awkward items such as scooters and skateboards.
The door on the right leads to the utility room and a cloakroom beyond. When designing this wall to create the utility, Claudia factored in some little shelves. “They’re for cookery books, as the shelves next to the fridge are mostly for drinks,” she says.
“They like to make cocktails but don’t like the noise of the blender when they have friends round,” Claudia explains. “We made it a nice space so they’d be happy for friends to come in while they’re making drinks.”
The cupboard on the left contains the manifold for heating, but Claudia has designed it so brooms and so on can be attached to the inside of the doors. The vacuum is stowed in the first cupboard on the right; the far cupboard contains the boiler and hot-water tank.
The cloakroom, which is visually linked to the kitchen via a swathe of deep green, has a rich blue concrete basin.
Utility room walls and woodwork painted in Sand III, Paint & Paper Library. Top of cloakroom walls painted in Breakfast Room Green, Farrow & Ball.
The owners are delighted with the transformation. They were lovely to work with, Claudia says, adding, “The outcome shows the joy we had.”
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