I have recently completed a kitchen refurbishment project in a lovely Edwardian house in Kenilworth. The brief was to design a breakfast kitchen which had all the ‘mod cons’ but was still in sympathy with the period style of the house.
We started off with a very dark, cluttered room with very little character and reference to the period that the house was built in. Of course, homes didn’t have fitted kitchens in Edwardian times, and would have had free standing furniture. I took these ideas and added features such as patterned floor tiles, wooden finishes and Arts and Crafts styling that you would have seen in this period, but with a contemporary twist. We chose a fabulous black gloss range cooker as the centre piece, backed by stunning turquoise sculpted tiles that look like they have come from an Edwardian London Underground station.
The oak display cupboards and the central island have a look of freestanding furniture, and I used polished brass cupboard handles and drawer pulls to match the fittings on the range cooker, and again to enhance the period feel of the kitchen.
The floor tiles were selected to look like the quarry tiles which would have been used in Edwardian kitchens, together with the subtle white and grey patterned ones which referenced the patterned tiles that were popular back then.
Finishing touches included the antique brass period style lighting and the gorgeous Arts and Crafts William Morris fabric used for the bench seat pad and blind, in lovely contemporary shades of gold, turquoise and aubergine.
I now have delighted clients, who can’t wait to come home to spend time in their beautifully renovated kitchen.