Balham Kitchen

This kitchen is in a 1930s house, the home of two writers and their family. Yard Architects reworked the space to create rooms for writing and a beautiful, open kitchen, closely connected to the garden and nature thanks to the abundance of glazing – in the roof, internally between rooms and French doors that open directly to the patio. The myriad of different views brings a sense of playfulness to the space and also makes it feel social and welcoming, a visible hub of the house.  

The cooking area of the kitchen is Atlantic Blue cabinetry with Half Moon White accents – the blue and white a classic combination. The focal point of this side of the room is the island which sits under the vaulted pitched ceiling. Yard Architects chose a punchy colour for the support structures of this dramatic roof and the circular column and beam are painted Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic green, a joyful celebration of the room’s structure.

The island’s design includes a Bora hob with integrated extraction, a book shelf that softens the transition with the rest of the room, whilst providing a handy spot for the cookbook collection, plus a seating area creates an inviting spot for a tea, cake and a chat!

The terrazzo worktop is by Diespeker and the chunks of stone are in hues that pull the whole room’s scheme together, whilst bringing a sense of movement to the space. 

On the other side of the room, the blue of the cabinetry is picked up in the hue of the chairs at the table, the latter has the wonderful, worn patina of a piece that has seen many good times. Here we designed an Elm crockery cupboard and larder with Ruskin Blossom interior. The change in material keeps the continuity and zoning of the different areas of the kitchen cohesive, with the wood’s grain bringing a soft warmth and texture to this corner of the room. 

Contemporary artworks, including an atmospheric landscape by Tim Goffe, are paintings which feel like they’re telling stories that the viewer is invited to finish.

Photographer: Chris Hopkinson