Kitchen Tour: A Colourful Yet Calm Family Space
This airy kitchen-diner cleverly combines strong colour with wood and neutrals to create a fun yet soothing environment
“[The owners] wanted an open-plan space that would work for them and their growing family – somewhere they could dine and entertain, with a well-functioning kitchen, a laundry space, and somewhere for the children to be playing and also on view,” Gemma says. “They wanted it to feel fun and colourful, but also calm.”
And how do they feel about the result? “They absolutely love it,” she says.
Who lives here? A family with two young children
Location Walthamstow, London
Property A Victorian terrace with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
Room dimensions The kitchen area is 6.6m x 3.6m; the dining area is 2.9m x 2.5m
Designer Gemma Fabbri of Studio Fabbri
Architect Rosie Craggs of SS4 Architects
Project year 2023
Photos by Chris Snook
“[The owners] love pinks, yellows and greens – the question was how to put them together so they wouldn’t look insane,” Gemma says. “So we zoned them.”
The kitchen features yellow and Gemma says she paired this with oak “to make it feel more grown-up and to soften it”. There’s a hint of pink in the island pendant lights, while the green – a soft, pale shade – appears on the bench cushion and the linoleum floor.
Oak cabinet and drawer fronts covered in Formica Sol, Plykea. Marmoleum flooring in Rosemary Green, Forbo.
She also designed the living room, which you get a glimpse of at the far end of the kitchen. “It’s really, really green. We wanted a contrast, so made it dark. It feels very cosy,” she says. The room is open to the kitchen as doors would have taken up valuable floor space.
Kitchen walls painted in Honest John, Mylands. Minima ceiling spots, Astro Lighting. Globe ribbed ceramic wall light, Dyke & Dean. Living room walls painted in Ditch the Tie, Coat Paints.
The Marmoleum lino flooring is carbon neutral, extremely durable and compatible with the underfloor heating installed in here.
The owner was very keen to have somewhere in the kitchen to display plants and cookbooks, so Gemma created a shelf that runs at the bottom of the wooden joists. “You get so much natural light there, so it’s perfect for plants,” she says.
The construction is, where possible, timber-framed to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. It was also very well insulated.
“We chose not to put the cooking area on the island, as it’s only one cupboard deep and it didn’t feel safe to have a hob on it,” Gemma says. Instead, it houses the sink, a dishwasher, pull-out bins and pan drawers.
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Cabinet doors covered in Formica Just Rose, Plykea.
Material pendants in oak, New Works.
Of the result she says, “The owners feel the space really reflects them and say they never know where to look for a favourite spot, as they just love it all!”
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