The owners bought this period home on the Isle of Wight 13 years ago. ‘We fell for its large rooms, traditional features, 1970s arches and Esse range cooker.’ The kitchen area is north facing so it doesn’t get any sun, plus the original walls and floor tiles were quite dark and gloomy. ‘We wanted to make the design features from various eras work together to create a homely kitchen-diner with a snug next door. We replaced the dated orange floor tiles with slate, added tounge-and-groove panels and panited the walls pale cream.’
In order to keep the budget low, the owners kept the existing kitchen units. They had new MDF doors made to fit and painted them to match the tongue-and-groove. To let natural light filter through the kitchen the couple added Venetian blinds, which also give the room a feeling of warmth.
One of the owner's favourite aspects of the kitchen is the archway, which joins the two spaces together. It also doubles up as a handy spot to hang pots and pans for easy reach while cooking. Practical, hardwearing, hygienic, easy to clean and resilient to heat, stainless steel is the material of choice for a busy kitchen. It gives this kitchen a semi-industrial look.
As their children no longer used the space as a play room the couple could give it a grown-up feel with a new sofa. 'The final addition was a woodburner and slate hearth, which transformed the space.' An armchair next to the log burner makes the perfect spot to relax with a good book.
The owners wanted to create an open-plan space which worked together. 'Cream carpet defines the living area, but we've connected the two spaces by painting the alcove shelves the same colour as the units,' says the owner. They then added vintage-style accessories to give the space a homely vibe.