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Real Home: ugly duckling turned industrial beauty

A minimal kitchen that makes the most of dark colours and a matt finish
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 15-07-2019 10:30am

The project in a nutshell

Who lives here? Naomi Page, Danny Page, and their three girls

Location: Leicestershire

Property style: Renovated barn

Designer: Matt Hines, Kingswood Designs

After hoping to build a new property, Danny and Naomi realised that it would be easier to get planning permission to convert the barn on Danny’s parent’s property instead. “We were at a significant advantage as there was nothing we could do to make the building any uglier” laughs Naomi. But their choice to transform the building into a home brimming with industrial luxe clearly paid off.



Naomi explains, “We knew if we were going to go down the dark kitchen route we wanted it to be matt black rather than graphite, grey or charcoal, something we’re so glad we stuck to because it wouldn’t have had the same impact without it.” The design combines poured polished concrete floor, dark cupboards, sinks and a dark ceiling with overtones of brass and gold.



“We love the brass wall, it’s just so different and makes our kitchen stand out from the others.”



Designer Matt Hines explains how he achieved a coordinated look at the finish: “The cabinetry was made in a light Winchester oak with matt black finish and PVC edging to complement the matt black doors on opening.”



The central island and built in fridge-freezer help to make the layout family-friendly. “Everything is at hand and the parents can cook while keeping an eye on the children, the wine cooler adds to the island as a sociable focal point.”



And the Pages favourite feature? “The dark kitchen is the single most influential factor, and it’s something we absolutely love – it works with all the windows wrapped around the building.”

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.