Kitchen Tour: Pink and Wood Tones Create a Soft Finish
Sustainably sourced English elm, birch ply and an eco pink veneer make for a good-looking – and green – kitchen design
This kitchen also has great eco credentials. “We always use birch ply for carcasses, because we like to use as little plastic as possible,” Malcolm says, “and we use a native veneer – English elm – as well as a very green furniture linoleum.”
Who lives here? A family with a young child
Location Bromley, south-east London
Property A Victorian semi-detached house with four bedrooms
Room dimensions The entire room is around 5.5m x 7.5m, but the project was just the kitchen area and a separate utility room
Designer Malcolm Weir of West & Reid
Photos by Elle Benton
Malcolm explains that he was involved in the kitchen design while the room was still being created by the architect on the project. “We often liaise closely with architects to make sure a kitchen installation works,” he says. In this case, he was particularly involved in the design of the splashback window.
Originally, the window had been designed to sit above the wall units. “We felt this didn’t work, as the units would then cast a shadow [on the worktop],” he says. “It also made things complicated practically, so we suggested it come down below the cabinets.”
The result is a feature splashback that floods light across the worktop. Malcolm says his clients are growing climbers up the fence outside, so the view will be green.
Undermounted ceramic sink, Shaws of Darwen.
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“A lot of Ercol furniture is made from elm,” Malcolm says, explaining, in part, his choice to use an English elm veneer for some of the cabinetry. “It’s quite an unusual veneer – and expensive – but it has a lovely grain and tone. We aimed for it to tone nicely rather than match the furniture.”
Bar stools, Ercol.
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“It’s quite a niche product. I’d never heard of such a thing before, but it was a good find,” he says. “We’ve since used them on quite a lot of jobs.”
The handle inserts are clad in elm veneer to match the upper units. Slimline (20mm) white quartz worktops add to the elegant look.
Bianco Assoluto Unistone quartz worktops, Brachot. Pink linoleum veneer, Forbo.
There’s also more drawer storage in the kitchen side of the island, as well as an integrated pull-out bin and a skinny cupboard for oils and condiments.
The modern oriel window contains a bench seat clad in the same elm veneer as the cabinets.
Double oven, Siemens. Plug sockets, Dowsing & Reynolds. Light fittings, Dyke & Dean.
The utility room features more pink cabinetry hiding lots of function in a modest space, including the underfloor heating manifold, a boiler, the washing machine and dryer, a laundry cupboard and broom cupboard, and controls for the alarm. “It’s a compact room,” Malcolm says.
“All in all,” he concludes, “it was a very nice kitchen to design.”
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