Kitchen Tour: Green and Pink Give This Room a Modern Country Feel
Contemporary elements combine with traditional features to create an inviting and practical kitchen
“They wanted a contemporary kitchen with traditional country elements to fit the house, and asked me to consider colour and ways to maximise natural light,” Alina says. The team designed a rich-hued kitchen and adjoining utility room with a layout attuned to the lifestyle of the family.
Who lives here? A couple and their three children
Location Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Room dimensions Kitchen, 3.6m x 5.5m; utility room, 3.6m x 4.4m
Designer Alina Tacutanu of Planet Furniture
Project year 2022
When planning this kitchen-diner, Alina needed to consider the proportions of the space as well as the low ceiling. Her clients wanted the room to feel brighter, so it was important that natural light could come in unrestricted.
There was already an Aga in the room, which the clients were keen to keep and restore, so that dictated some of the layout choices.
The new kitchen zone consists of an L-shaped layout with an island in the middle.
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The clients love the look of marble worktops, so Alina chose this veined quartz surface, which she continued up the wall as a splashback for a modern, seamless look. The glossy white surfaces, along with crisp white walls, helps to reflect and maximise the daylight. She balanced the worktop with more traditional, Shaker-style cabinets and antique brass fittings.
Cabinets painted in Minster Green, Farrow & Ball. Calacatta Venato worktop (30mm), Cimstone. Cabinet handles, Armac Martin. Pendant lights, Jim Lawrence.
The colour scheme was influenced by the home’s countryside setting. “The property is surrounded by nature, so I chose a palette of natural earth colours,” Alina says. “I presented a few different greens and this was the one the couple went for.”
They also liked Alina’s suggestion of pink to freshen the look. The pink tiles, which they sourced, help to show off the reconditioned Aga.
The tall unit is an integrated fridge, while an alcove houses the family’s microwave oven.
A large integrated freezer sits to the left of a double cabinet. The latter has an L-shaped design with shallow internal shelves on the left and an area that goes further back on the right.
A narrow pull-out cupboard to the side of the stacked washing machine and tumble dryer is the ideal place for detergents and other laundry accessories.
“We considered every detail in this project,” Alina says, “and the clients love it.”
Cabinets painted in Treron, Farrow & Ball.
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