Bramham Gardens, South KensingtonTransitional Kitchen, London
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Make mirrors your friendTricking the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it is with mirrors is a simple design tip that shouldn’t be underestimated. You don’t have to cover a wall in one large piece of mirror to get the effect, either. Slivers can be just as effective, whether you fit them behind a kitchen worktop, as shown here, tuck them into an alcove, or run them up a vertical wall. By reflecting light and creating the illusion there’s a view beyond, mirrors can make a small, boxy room feel instantly more airy. Position them opposite windows and light sources for maximum impact, and play with finishes, such as foxed or tinted, for a more decorative effect.
Weave in a little glamourDon’t think antiqued mirror splashbacks and a crystal chandelier can work in a tiny kitchen? We beg to differ. What this glamorous flat lacks in spare inches it makes up for in style. The mirrors create an impression of space, while cabinets spray-painted silver enhance the light and add interest. While it might not be an obvious space-expander, investing in upholstered chairs can actually add an impression of space. Here, their light colour works with the tones of the kitchen units, and they continue the sophisticated (and therefore larger-than-it-is) look.Read the full story here
…or contemporary cook spaceWorking with a similar palette, but aiming for a more contemporary feel, this bespoke kitchen features sleek, slab-front doors with fashionable T-bar handles. The antiqued bronze mirror splashback and oversized chandelier bring a dose of old Hollywood glamour, but with a modern twist.Tour the rest of this compact Victorian flat
Even though the flat is compact, Irina has managed to pack in plenty of glamorous touches. The eye-catching splashback, for instance, is made from antiqued bronze mirror glass with a polished edged. ‘It looks very elegant, but it’s also practical and opens up the space in this corner,’ she revealsElsewhere in the kitchen, bespoke cabinetry – made by joinery specialists in the Kier Townsend studio – has been sprayed silver for a cool, crisp look. ‘It was such a small, awkward space,’ says Irina, ‘and the units were not standard size, so it was easier to make them ourselves.’ For the flooring, the designer chose hard-wearing textured ceramic tiles that look like wood. Antique mirror splashback, Saligo Design.Be inspired by ideas for making an open-plan design work in any property