KitchenModern Kitchen, London
Tom Sullam Photography
Saarinen Tulip table
Vitra Vegetal Chair
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Designate a dining nookThis split-level back room is a good-looking example of how traditional-style doors onto your outdoor space can help you to build a feature. The width is perfect for this circular dining table, and the view down onto the garden below makes it a lovely spot for breakfasting or lunching especially. If your kitchen-diner is on a raised-ground floor and you have a balcony available to you, consider doing what the homeowners here have done, which is to install a glass balustrade, ensuring an uninterrupted view.
Go all out on glossWe’re well versed in the benefits of using glass ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors to extend our kitchens into our gardens. But this sunny spot enhances the merits of glass even more by plumping for glossy white units, a high-shine floor and stainless steel appliances that effortlessly reflect and bounce the light around the narrow-ish kitchen space even further.And for the times when the sun refuses to make an appearance, there’s a row of white pendant lights to make up for the lack of daylight.
Maximise the light The nature of a side return extension means it’s likely you will sacrifice at least one window – often while increasing the overall depth of your property – so maintaining as much light as possible is key.A pale colour palette works well, as does effective artificial lighting and the use of reflective surfaces. This kitchen capitalises on the effects of the glass roof by incorporating high-gloss units, a glass splashback, polished stone flooring and a shiny metal table.
Welcome in the sun‘If we think of the cycle of the sun, the sun rises in the east, and therefore contains the most vital energy of the day,’ Kay explains. You should identify the eastern sector of your home and make sure it’s clutter-free, so the fresh energy can enter your home in an unobstructed way. ‘If there’s a window in the east, I would encourage that window to be left open as often as possible to bring in the rising chi,’ Kay says.