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Profile: A Kitchen-Living Area That Oozes with Industrial Charm

The materials are the real heroes in this space which boasts clean lines and multiple textures
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 18-10-2021 18:00pm

Sitting at the back of this period property in North London you’ll find a space oozing with industrial charm and stand-out materials. Designer Hayley Robson of Day True Interiors has created a kitchen-living area that is both aesthetically stunning and highly functional for life with a young family and a dog.

Quick View

- Owners/residents: A young family and their dog

- Designer: Hayley Robson, creative director and head designer of Day True Interiors

- Style: Contemporary, industrial

- Kitchen feature: Mortex surfaces contrast with the black wood textured units, polished plaster walls and charcoal flooring

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A bank of tall black units are set into a wall, which has been boxed out to create a corner for the kitchen

Mortex worktops and an extractor hood do the same job as polished concrete, offering a hardwearing surface with gleaming edges and an interesting texture. “It adds a completely different depth to the space and feels very solid,” explains Hayley. Contrasting with the mortex, there are black wood textured units, polished plaster walls and a charcoal floor made from herringbone engineered wood which runs throughout the whole ground floor and out into the garden.

“The colour of the floor is elegant and contemporary,” says Hayley, “but the pattern and texture is quite classic. It helps to make the space sympathetic to the original architecture of the house, creating a smooth flow through the downstairs of the house and bringing the outdoors in.”

The splashback is made from hardwearing mortex, which matches the worktop and extractor hood, offering a whole new depth and texture to the space

Storage is key in any kitchen, especially for a busy family who enjoy entertaining, which is why Hayley ensured plenty of space to house kitchen essentials on both sides of the island, as well as creating a hidden home for a wine cooler, freezer, fridge and larder in the bank of tall units at one end of the kitchen. “Keeping the splashback, extractor hood and shelves clear means there’s an opportunity to display a bit of personality with art and accessories,” explains Hayley. Personality is definitely something that isn’t lacking in this sleek and sophisticated yet cosy space, proving that you don’t need a loud colour palette to make a bold design statement.

The living area has a very different feel to the dining area due to less natural light and polished plaster walls

Q & A – Hayley Robson, creative director and head designer of Day True Interiors

- What was your brief for this project?
The client wanted to create a really big open-plan family kitchen-diner to cover the whole of the back of the house. The rest of the house is quite industrial and contemporary in style, although it’s a period building, so we needed to reflect this in the kitchen too. The client isn’t afraid of using dark colours and wanted a bold design that played with various materials.

- What were some of the challenges you faced in designing the space?
We wanted to zone the area and define each separate space in it somehow, without building walls. So, we needed to use texture and lighting to create a different feel to each section.

The monochrome base palette acts as the perfect canvas to inject pops of colour through statement furniture like this beautiful blue sofa

- How did you create such sleek lines in the kitchen?
The materials are really the heroes in this kitchen. Mortex is hardwearing but also offers a new depth to the space. The cabinetry doesn’t have any handles either, which makes it easy to clean and maintain, simple and non-fussy.

- Are there features which offer practical solutions to common problems?
We have a charge bar on the rear right of the space, by the kitchen, which looks like a floating dresser. It’s actually a floating unit that has flip up sockets where you can charge devices. In the main kitchen, we also have a hidden cubby hole which we kept open when we created a wall for the tall units. This is useful for things like coffee machines – it can be slid in and out easily, out of sight.

Credit: Gary Summers (Images), Molly Forbes (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 251, March 2017

Also read:
Profile: Dark Good Looks and Raw Edges Give This Kitchen a Theatrical Style
Profile: A Victorian Home with Parisian Appeal

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