The Family Kitchen in Birmingham

‘Our brief to Pluck was something bright and unusual’ said our clients when speaking with House Beautiful magazine about their project. Thus this colourful family kitchen came into being.

Faced with the common dilemma of whether to move or extend. The family opted for the latter, they love the Edwardian house, their neighbours and the neighbourhood – a leafy conservation area in Birmingham – so why change that?!

The renovation centred around increasing the size, including the ceiling height of their kitchen, where the clever decision to expose beams and paint them white adds rustic charm and industrial edge. The room is a place for the family to gather, intended to be the heart of this home. 

Market Mustard is the lead hue of the cabinetry and it is paired with soft Ruskin Blossom and for texture there’s Cherry wood and London Plane. The arrangement of the wood and colours, along with the cupboard, island and shelving designs, brings character to this kitchen, there is storage galore here but the cupboards do not feel monolithic. 

The island is the focus of the kitchen and is very much a social spot, large enough for stools, more storage, shelves and a clever Bora hob eliminates the need for an overhead extractor fan. The sink overlooks the glorious garden, a feature intentionally retained from their previous kitchen’s layout. 

After visiting our workshop in London and seeing a larder being made, our clients knew they wanted one too. Storage heaven for both ingredients and small appliances, the family’s double door larder has a stunning Cherry wood exterior and a playful Ritzy coral pink interior. 

But perhaps the star of the show, certainly a woman we fell in love with when we had the joy of photographing this beautiful space, is the fabulous bust of a female French Revolutionary, a family heirloom who stands proudly surveying the room and whose hand painted podium complements the kitchen’s mustard hues perfectly.

When asked by House Beautiful magazine what their favourite thing about the new space was, our clients replied ‘Everything! We absolutely love it and feel so lucky every time we walk in here’. Wonderful.

The Family Kitchen in Birmingham is featured in Gestalten’s ‘Kitchen Interiors’ book

Photographer: Malcolm Menzies