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Real home: A clever layout retains the light and airy feel in a Surrey kitchen

Shaker-style cabinetry painted in moody tones gives this classic kitchen a contemporary twist
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 19-02-2022 08:30am

Interior designer Lykke Larsen never set out to fully remodel her kitchen. “One thing led to another and it just sort of happened,” she jokes. “We had a small island near the oven but there was never enough room to sit there. It got to the point where it irritated me so much I decided to make a change, but I kept getting new inspiration and we ended up with a whole new kitchen.”

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- Owners/residents: Interior designer Lykke Larsen and her family
- Designer: Pia Rosling, design director of Sola Kitchens

- Style: Contemporary, traditional, rustic

- Kitchen feature: Hand-painted cabinetry in the Frillen range by Sola Kitchens, made from solid oak and ash, is the hero feature in this classic but contemporary kitchen. The hanging Altar pendant designed by Kevin Reilly completes the scheme, emphasising the island as the hub of the kitchen

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The former kitchen in this family’s five-bedroom Surrey home featured sleek white cabinetry with black counters in a gloss finish, but when designing the updated space Lykke veered towards more classic style in keeping with the house. “At one point in the planning I was thinking about cabinets in Swedish blue,” explains Lykke. “But I decided this might clash with the rest of the house which is quite modern and classic. We actually have a summer house in Denmark which has a very similar dark kitchen so I knew this would work here too. The dark cabinets help to give the space a contemporary feel and the colour works well with both the traditional-style old beams and the other rustic features in our home, as well as the modern art.”

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Despite the dark cabinetry, hand-painted in Pot Hole – which is a statement shade by Icelandic paint brand Eicó – the kitchen retains its light and airy feel. This is largely because of the south-facing garden it overlooks, emphasised by the installation of new French doors opening out directly onto the garden. “Being able to go outside from the kitchen works better for the way we live as a family,” she says. The new kitchen has been a game changer, transforming the way the family lives, eats and socialises.

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Q & A – Pia Rosling, design director of Sola Kitchens

- What was your brief?
As a professional interior designer, Lykke had a very clear vision of what she wanted to achieve aesthetically, but required our expertise to ensure her new kitchen would be both beautiful and practical in day-to-day use. It was particularly important to Lykke that she and her family could sit, eat and socialise together in the kitchen while maintaining a clear workflow. This was why the hob was positioned away from the seating area, so as not to hinder the cooking when using the kitchen at mealtimes.

- What was the most challenging aspect of the project?
Perhaps most challenging was designing around the existing wood burner and log storage, as it determined both the shape and positioning of the island to some degree. We’re particularly pleased with the design of the kitchen island though, as it offers ample room for both preparation of food and for the family to dine together without feeling at all cramped.

- Are there any clever storage solutions featured in this space?
The kitchen island offers a versatile combination of both open shelving for easy access and drawers with custom-designed inserts to suit our client’s needs. Likewise, the larder cabinets have a huge amount of practical storage, with a custom layout to ensure little space is wasted here.

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Credit: Mia Lind (Images), Molly Forbes (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 252

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