Here are the key details which made this elegant Humphrey Munson kitchen such a success…
The large patio doors make sure space is flooded with daylight, for a pleasant, contemporary ambience – though their glazing bars evoke a more period aesthetic.
While inset spots offer ambient light, task lighting is situated underneath the wall cupboards. The line of pendants above the island provides accent lighting in the evening, as do the small lights within the glazed wall cupboards.
The cornicing throughout the open-plan space – comprising the kitchen, dining and living areas – was created to match an original example found on the property. It balances perfectly with the cornicing of the classic English kitchen cabinetry design.
The homeowners wanted an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space that would reflect the Victorian heritage of the building, and also its location adjacent to Epping Forest. “Being sympathetic to the history of the home and the location was really important to us – we didn’t want the space to feel out of place in what is essentially a traditional family home,” they explain.
This part of the house was originally configured as several large reception rooms with a huge chimney in the centre of what is now the open-plan area – opening it up was the biggest challenge the team faced. “Although we looked at several workarounds, I knew instinctively that to truly achieve the homeowners’ design goals the chimney had to be removed,” recalls Peter.
Choosing appliances with a strong industrial feel tied in appropriately with the design heritage of the Victorian era – which was borne out of the successes of the Industrial Revolution in England – as well as helping maintain a contemporary ambience.
The bespoke flush-fitting extractor was designed to give contemporary functionality without detracting from the understated yet period-style design of the false chimneypiece. Inset shelving provides an accessible spot for seasonings and oils.
With walls painted to match the cabinetry, and worktops which tone in closely, the scullery run has a particularly calm, elegant appearance. The same shade of Caesarstone worktop used throughout – both on the Tailored Grey-painted and Weathered Oak units – ensures a sense of coherence, and complements both cabinetry finishes perfectly with its warm off-white tones.
Advice from the designer…
“The key with large spaces is to break them down, because it is the successful zoning of different functions, food preparation, cooking, dining, clearing away and other activities, that will ensure the room is not only practical but has a great sense of balance and flow,” commented Peter Humphrey, Founder and Design Director at Humphrey MunsonHumphrey Munson | humphreymunson.co.uk