The kitchen

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Hav­ing started out as a kitchen de­signer, Katie knows how to make a state­ment in this part of the house. For the Houli­hans she chose bold, dark cab­i­netry with a stun­ning mar­ble wa­ter­fall bench­top and a chevron tiled splash­back, and tied it all to­gether with a clever light­ing plan. To cre­ate the moody look her clients wanted, Katie used LEDs un­der the kitchen bench, un­der the top cab­i­net in the scullery and hid­den among the rafters. She also added a track of spot­lights on the top wall and aimed them in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions to add sub­tle fea­ture light­ing. “Ev­ery­one thinks they need pen­dant lights in a kitchen but it’s not al­ways nec­es­sary. There was enough hap­pen­ing here,” Katie ex­plains.

Rather than dis­guis­ing the scullery, Katie in­stead made a fea­ture of it, paint­ing it the same striking shade of Re­sene ‘Noc­tur­nal’ as the kitchen to cre­ate a vis­ual link and make the kitchen seem big­ger than it is. An­other clever move was putting an ex­ter­nal door in the scullery to al­low easy ac­cess be­tween the laun­dry and the wash­ing line. “She didn’t just make things look cool – she made the house work,” says Eden.

Brass or gold sur­faces and ac­ces­sories add warmth to a space and make it feel more contemporary.

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