The Epping Forest Cottage Kitchen

This kitchen combines a cosy cottage style with contemporary design and despite being recently renovated, the space has the warmth of a well used and loved room, thanks to the carefully considered choices throughout. 

Our client was replacing her 40 year old kitchen and wanted to be bold with colour and pattern, whilst also keeping a traditional feel to the room. This creative individual who is an art lover, and a keen knitter and baker, pondered the providence of all she purchased for the project, with an emphasis on sustainability and sourcing from local companies and British designers.

This room is long and narrow, so a challenge was to include the best possible storage without the space feeling hemmed in by cabinetry. Also the design had to incorporate the farmhouse kitchen table, so this also informed the layout.

We designed bespoke pieces, including a large plate rack and corner cupboard for linen and cooking kit. All tall cabinetry is at one end of the room and includes a larder, top of the wish list for the baking ingredients!

Meanwhile, the other end of the room is where the cooking action happens, so we kept the worktop as accessible and light-filled as possible with a set of Spoke shelves on one side and the plate rack opposite.

The checkerboard flooring has cool hues (a navy blue and light grey – black and white are intentionally banished from this room) and it’s just what the scheme needs to balance the softness of the Ruskin Blossom cabinetry and floral House of Hackney wallpaper.  It’s not just the hues, the punchy geometric pattern of the floor contrasts with the busy organic floral shapes of the wallpaper. Meanwhile the recycled glass terrazzo by Resilica adds a fun speckle. 

Speaking to House Beautiful magazine about her kitchen’s renovation, our client said “It’s just a pleasure to be in here…when I walk into the kitchen, I smile” – a comment that has us smiling too!

Photographer: Malcolm Menzies