Cadogan CourtContemporary Kitchen, London
Kristy Noble Photography
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Katy moved the kitchen to the new, open-plan living space, choosing sleek, pale grey, handleless cabinets, and a peninsula facing out to the seating and dining areas.Tell us…Which of these open-plan makeovers could work in your home? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.
At the heart of the new kitchen/living space is a large peninsula unit that divides the cooking and living areas. “It’s perfect for dining,” says Stevenson Bretton. “And the whole space suits how people want to live nowadays.” Simple, handleless units in a soft grey were chosen as they blend into the background, which is ideal in an open-plan living space. The tap and sink were in the original kitchen. “They were the only things we managed to recycle from the flat as it was before,” says Stevenson Bretton.
Go green There isn’t a room in the house that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of a few plants. Oversized varieties such as figs, monstera and palms are on-trent, as are cacti and succulents. Try popping your plant pot inside a basket to ring a rustic change, or borrow a worn terracotta number from outside for an organic vibe with zero effort.
Keep things simpleThe owner of this kitchen in an ex-local authority flat has chosen an ultra-simple design for a greater sense of space. The pale grey units are light enough to keep the overall effect fresh and cool. Don’t want to sacrifice storage for open space? Breaking up a bank of wall units with a small expanse of shelving can ‘lead’ the eye, and help the room seem less closed in. Similarly, eschewing a decorative or colourful splashback can help stop a small space feeling too busy – these plain white metro tiles with white grout keep the look minimal.Read more about this kitchen
Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here Two professional women Location Hackney, LondonSize 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroomProperty A third-floor flat in an ex-local authority buildingDesigner Katy Stevenson Bretton of Katy SBPhotos by Kristy NobleThe flat had no major structural issues when Katy Stevenson Bretton was asked to revamp it. “The thing you find with local authority buildings is the flats are well-proportioned,” she says. “That’s why it’s easy to look at the floor plan and see how it can be improved and how you can make the space work a bit harder.”The flat originally had a large living room with a dining area at the back. Stevenson Bretton decided to convert this into a kitchen and living space combined. “There’s a large peninsula for dining,” she says. “The whole space suits how people want to live nowadays.”