When Nick and Mila Hirschkorn started looking for a company to bring their kitchen project into fruition, they had already been planning their home’s redesign for some time. “Our old kitchen was not only very dated, it was very small. But we held off for several years, because we knew that the high-end design we had in mind would get easily damaged by young children,” explains Nick. “We waited until our youngest son was seven before putting the wheels in motion – by which time we also really started to need the space!”
Knocking through into the former morning room, utility room and garage gave the Hirschkorns the space they needed to create a separate kitchen, dining and living zones; the aim was to achieve a multi-functional room which would make daily family life more relaxed and inclusive.
“We had decided to do all the design work ourselves, which meant finding a kitchen company with both the design and build capability and a collaborative approach,” recalls Nick. “Higham Furniture were able to provide us with really good drawings and 3D visualisations of the cabinets, and this in turn led to the development of new ideas – such as the incorporation of the curves, when it became clear from the plans that these would soften the transition between kitchen and living space.”
Advice from Sonja Dibaja, the designer, “Many people would opt for a light paint colour on the cabinetry in a darker room – but don’t be afraid to go for bold colours if they’re your preference, and add interest with the use of colourful splashbacks and other accessories”.Higham furniture | higham.co.uk