The Victorian Terrace Kitchen in Neutrals

‘Nothing in the room is shiny. I wanted matt finishes with an aged look, so I had the walls lime washed, the marble splashbacks are honed, rather than polished, and the floor is reclaimed’ said interior consultant Katie Rowe when speaking to House Beautiful magazine about her kitchen’s renovation. Set in a Victorian terrace, this glorious family kitchen includes a myriad of clever features that make it work so well. The cabinetry is a practical galley layout, meaning the view to the garden is clear, giving a spacious feel whilst leaving plenty of room for the table and sideboard.

Our design includes London Plane on one side and Half Moon White on the other, with the handles using the opposite material, so creating a continuity. Using the two different finishes on either side makes the cabinetry feel more like furniture, rather than a fitted kitchen, which helps with Katie’s ‘aged look’, as does the range cooker. The shelf that runs in line with the extraction is a clever trick to reduce the perceived bulk of the unit.

Having the London Plane on the larder means there is a big surface for the wood’s grain to be seen. This adds texture and warmth to the scheme and gives the London Plane the space it deserves to allow its beauty to captivate.

The marble choice was inspired by an earlier Pluck project and is called Bianco Ramigiatto, which has striking burgundy-brown veining and bringing an organic pattern to the mix.

The overhaul of the room included opening up the kitchen to the garden, there had been a bathroom before ‘it was such a great moment to let the sunlight flood in’ says Katie and means they didn’t extend, just worked cleverly with the existing footprint. The placement of windows in the room being key to that with plenty of natural light throughout.

Photographer: Malcolm Menzies