This light-filled, open-plan kitchen in a Victorian terrace in south London wasn’t always so glamorous. Before the current owners transformed it, the house had sat derelict for six years. A tiny kitchen was little more than a butler’s sink and worktop in a run down lean to at the back. Fast forward a few years and two rooms have been knocked together and an extension added to create a bright family-friendly kitchen diner and living space.. A bold shade of dark blue was chosen for the wall units and tall cupboards, which helps anchor the kitchen in the space, and the worktops are a mix of white Caesarstone and beautiful walnut for the breakfast bar. A stylish mix and old and new gives this room character, and the curves and warm tones of antique furniture make a lovely contrast against the contemporary lines and cool colours of the kitchen cabinetry. The tall armoire is a practical addition as it’s used to display and store china and tableware next to the dining table.The hob is centred in the island, with plenty of prep space either side. To keep the room as streamlined and clutter-free as possible, the owners chose an integrated downdraft extractor that disappears into the worktop when not in use. Large handle-less drawers provide plenty of storage and keep essentials close to hand. One of the real stars of this kitchen is the spacious pantry. It was originally designed to cut down on cabinetry costs, but has turned out to be a highly practical tardis for storing everything from cookbooks to groceries and cookware. The simply stylish white glass splashback complements the slick finish of the handle-less kitchen cabinetry. Easy to keep clean, it reflects lots of daylight back into the darkest part of the room, and is the perfect match for the Caesarstone worktops. A boiling water tap dispenses with the need for a kettle, and helps keep clutter around the sink area as minimal as possible.
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