Light and Dreamy London Kitchen - Designed by Martin Moore
22 Nov 21
Part of the extensive renovation of a Victorian home in South West London, this kitchen was designed by Martin Moore for the co-founder of luxury silk bedding and nightwear company Gingerlily. The brief was to replace the existing, dark, farmhouse-style kitchen with a lighter, brighter more contemporary space.
In total contrast to the previous kitchen, the new colour scheme features light, dreamy neutrals; Martin Moore’s New Classic cabinetry painted in ‘Chalky Grey’, is paired with striking Calacatta marble-effect quartz, used for the island worktop and large splashback. Brushed brass knobs bring contrast and warmth to the space, whilst ribbed glass door panels and pale blue cupboard interiors provide decorative interest and a visual link with the dining chairs and banquette upholstery.
It was important that the new layout be able to comfortably accommodate more than one person at any given time. To achieve this, Martin Moore created a clear distinction between the working and social zones of the kitchen with the waterfall edge of the island marking the division point between the kitchen and dining area. Ease and practicality were key priorities and therefore the kitchen has a strong focus on ergonomics.
The old range cooker was replaced by two easily accessible wall ovens, high level cupboards were placed above either side of the hob area and two sinks were included in the design - one in the island to be used for prepping and clearing up when entertaining and the other by the window, looking out into the garden. Increased storage was essential; Martin Moore incorporated custom fitted drawers and pull-out racks into the island, as well as extra space for mugs, plates, and bowls. The island also houses a wine cooler. Hidden from view and running directly down to the floor below, a laundry chute was sited next to the main sink.
Key to the kitchen’s success is the subtle layering of materials and finishes; beautifully veined marble-effect stone on the island is balanced by the pure white of the Quartz worktops used elsewhere. As well as providing contrast, the brass handles have a sleek satin finish, achieving a truly elegant look. Finally, the ribbed glass door panels bring a contemporary, industrial edge to a sophisticated, classic design.
Cabinetry: Martin Moore’s New Classic Kitchen Collection
Paint colours: Martin Moore’s Chalky Grey and Cornflower
Worktops: Calacatta marble-effect Quartz and Mystique Quartz