This smart renovation of a Victorian terraced house in north London employs traditional materials to elevate a kitchen to look contemporary and fresh while also unifying it with an adjacent lounge. Tasked by a designer couple to create an open area that would accommodate their children's toys but also be able to display their own collection of objets, local studio Freehaus established different zones through color and texture in a simple, but impactful way.
Herringbone parquet is usually associated with classic spaces like grand European apartments and maisons, but here it offers just the right amount of character to bring a little heft to the otherwise bright and airy kitchen. Extending into the lounge area, it takes on an even more substantial role, complimenting the dark walls and transforming that side of the floor into a distinct space, where kids and adults alike can relax.
The kitchen’s white shelving and cabinetry, accented by brass fittings, positively glow against the light grey Carrera marble of the island and counter, which are illuminated by the wall of accordion windows that are trimmed in turquoise paint and open onto a small garden. It’s this generosity of natural light that spotlights the artifacts on display, which never look too precious.