The Victorian Terrace Family Kitchen in Islington

This kitchen is a cover star, having graced the front of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathrooms magazine and it’s easy to see why the room was given the esteemed position in the glossy! Set in a leafy North London conservation area, the Victorian terrace has been renovated from top to bottom with the kitchen at the heart of the plans “The kitchen was really important to me, as it’s where the family spends so much time together. It was crucial that we make it a really wonderful space to be in, but also very workable” explains our client.

Working with Architecture 201 the narrow space was widened with a side extension. Initially, our clients thought they wanted Shaker style cabinetry, but after researching options went for Pluck as a ‘fresher and more modern’ option. 

One of the most distinctive aspects of the kitchen is the joyful mix of colours and materials, for which our client says they drew inspiration from an unusual source, the Paddington film and the beautiful interior of the Browns’ house at 32 Windsor Gardens!

The cabinetry includes Eccles, our soft cashmere hue, combined with a little Ruskin Blossom whilst London Plane wood brings texture with its flecked grain; these three materials are manifested together in the bespoke tri-colour drawer units. The softness of this mix is in contrast to the rich, dark and glossy green of the splashback tiles from Mandarin Stone. The worktop by Dzek includes large chunks of Italian marble – Rosso Verona, Giallo Mori, and Verde Alpi – the colours echoing those of the tiles and cabinets. 

As with all smaller kitchens the layout had to use space as efficiently as possible whilst providing maximum storage. Tall cupboards house that wonderful combination of crafting and cooking kit. The incorporation of the table was also non-negotiable as ‘there are so many memories on our existing one – lots of meals and crafting with the children’…kitchen furniture with a family’s history to tell – glorious! 

Photographer: Malcolm Menzies