Twickenham Green HomeKitchen, London
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Punctuate with plantsWhen open storage constitutes a large and well-used element of your kitchen, it will be harder to make it look minimal or matchy. A good solution, as demonstrated in this kitchen by Morgan Harris Architects, is to create small groups of things that DO match, and also to add plants. They will provide a decorative focal point and sense of aesthetic purpose to a display, even when things around them get mixed up. Essentially, plants will almost never not enhance a shelf. Use liberally.
The clients wanted the kitchen to be quite soft, and were keen to have open shelving to display their pieces and have everything to hand. An oak worktop is paired with soft grey cabinets for a more traditional feel. The shelves were a mixture of old painted floorboards and bits picked up from various hardware shops. Tiles span the entire wall behind the units for practical purposes. ‘Grease tends to rise, so having the wall tiled partway up would probably have led to problems with the plasterboard a few years down the line,’ explains Morgan-Harris. The clients opted for bench seating at the table because of its communality. ‘It was all about family, and there’s something about being in close proximity that helps you to enjoy each other’s company,’ he adds.Fridge-freezer; range cooker, both Fisher & Paykel. Sink, Villeroy & Boch. Tap, Franke. Tiles, Walls and Floors. Lighting, Artifact. Kitchen Units, British Standard. Radiator, Feature Radiators.