The Kent Eco Home Kitchen

Set in an eco-house in rural Kent, this kitchen is a glorious combination of wood, colour and pattern. The room is in the centre of a large bungalow built in 2013, it is quite ‘literally the heart of the home’, said our clients when interviewed by Ideal Home magazine about their renovation.

This family home not only creates and uses energy sustainably due to its clever design (think biomass boilers and a rain harvesting roof collecting water to be used in loos, outside taps and the washing machine!), the orientation and layout closely connects the interior to nature with wonderful views of the garden, landscaped by Nic Howard, a Chelsea Flower Show medallist and the beautiful Kent countryside. 

Indeed, one of the main issues our client wished to resolve with the old kitchen was a large extractor over the island which blocked these vistas. Having lived in the house for a while, they knew that, aside from this, they were pretty happy with the kitchen’s layout. They did however, wish to introduce colour.

In order to resolve the bulky extractor fan situation, we designed the island to incorporate a Bora hob with built in extraction. Where they had been staggered previously, we arranged three ovens on one convenient level in the run of cabinetry behind the island. The fridge sits here too – all easily accessible for whipping up a cooking storm at the island! Alcove shelving with a pink interior brings a softness to this wall, adds depth and prevents any feeling of this being an imposing tall wall of cupboards. 

The distribution of colour is playful with two tones of pink – our coral Ritzy and pale Ruskin Blossom setting adjacent to the contrasting rich Bonnington Green. The beautiful Elm wood brings a texture and pattern to the scheme, as does the terrazzo worktop on the island by Diespeker and the geometric patterned porcelain floor tiles by Domus.

Photographer: Malcolm Menzies