With two small children in tow, our clients wanted help designing a versatile family room which would become the focal point of their home. Firstly, we worked together on getting the floorplan layout right; this was tricky because large open plan spaces can easily fall into the trap of becoming cold, clinical space. We zoned the space into three main areas - a relaxed sofa corner, the main working kitchen area which consists of a long run of units opposite a generous kitchen island and finally, the dining table close to the garden. All three areas are flooded in natural light, cast from the large roof lantern and bi-fold doors onto the garden.
Because of the large proportion of reflective surfaces such as windows, glass doors and worktops, we wanted to bring in warmer colours and materials. The handpainted wood finish of the Shaker style kitchen contrasts these sleek surfaces, whilst the round table breaks up the linear geometry of the rectangular space. We suggested a warm neutral tone on the walls and a trio of copper pendant lights over the kitchen island.