Client brief: To make the galley-style kitchen feel as open and wide as possible. Less decorative features. A space to sit at a breakfast bar. Symmetry.
Unfortunately the above image is the only photograph I have of the client’s kitchen before the project began. Despite it being the only photograph, you can see the decorative features of the 1970s/1980s style kitchen that the client wanted to move away from. The obtrusive decor gave the impression that the kitchen was darker and smaller than it actually was.
Due to the galley-style layout restricting any drastic changes, the client was happy with how the kitchen functioned and was mostly interested in the aesthetics.
Glass wall units break up the long run along both walls and give a feeling of both light and space.
The open shelving mirrors the cooker hood and gives the kitchen some personality with the client’s choice of books and ornaments.
With light, simple cabinets the kitchen looks and feels much more open. The wood effect, shaker style reflects the more traditional style of home that the client lives in but the colour and simplicity keeps it looking contemporary.
By using glass tiles in a light colour behind the hob the reflection of light once again gives the kitchen a more open feel.
The finishing touch:
It was very important to the client that their Italian architecture remained pride of place.