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WORDS: CATHERINE FRANCIS, IMAGES: SUSIE LOWE, PINKHOUSE.CO.UK,
SOURCE: *BRITANNIALIVING.CO.UK, FOR STOCKISTS: SEE PG 289
KITCHEN MAKEOVER ▲
south-facing bay window. But it still felt
more like an operating theatre than a kitchen
- everything shone and there was no softness
or colour. I wanted it to feel more living
roomy and it needed some bling!
'I didn't like the laminate cupboards, but
they were practical, so I saved time and
money by painting them rather than ripping
out the kitchen and starting again - the
paint was practically free compared with the
cost of replacing all of the cupboards.
'I liked the black granite work surfaces
- both their solidity and the fact they're a
natural material. I also left the range cooker.'
The black ﬂoor tiles were ripped out to
The room was
rewired and the
lights replaced by
softer side lights.
installed a IKEA
light, which creates
a dappled eﬀect, with a matching one in the living room.
There's also a Buster + Punch Hooked pendant lamp over
the kitchen table, and a green Pooky lamp in the corner.
Rather than white and
magnolia, mix grey
cabinets or walls with
warm wood tones
and copper or brass.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
Emily had an image of what she wanted for her kitchen,
and how she could adapt what was already in place to
create the look she had in mind. 'I love browsing interiors
magazines, and share my tastes on my Instagram account,
@pinkhouseliving. I ﬁnd myself drawn to kitchens with
darker cupboards and a more bespoke feel,' she says.
'I wanted the bottom cabinets to be dark, and the wallmounted cupboards paler, so they didn't feel heavy. I
wanted the eﬀect to be a bespoke kitchen pieced together,
rather than bought as a job lot.'
EMILY HAS ADDED
POPS OF COLOUR
Emily's painter, Paul Sutherland, used Farrow & Ball
White Tie (with a subtle yellow base) on the wall cabinets,
and Farrow & Ball Railings (a softer alternative to black)
on the lower cabinets and drawers, with a Valtti Helmi
decorative paint topcoat in a grey-black with semi-matt
ﬁnish. 'I love the soft, greyish-black chalky eﬀect, and the
way the dark shade helps bright colours to sing out,' says
Emily. For the walls, it was Farrow & Ball Manor House
Gray, with the woodwork in White Tie to match the cabinets,
and both are used in the living room area for continuity.
'I knew what handles I was after, having drooled over
the heavy metal hardware in Buster + Punch's London
showroom,' she says. 'The idea was for the handles to all be
Buster + Punch brass, but diﬀerent in design depending >
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