Q: We've just moved into a 1960's London house. It's very different from our previous place, a Victorian Terrace. I need some help, not least because we have a giant of a house and a mouse of a budget, so every penny has to be spent perfectly. No mistakes can be tolerated. Which makes it a bit scary when it comes to decisions.
Our kitchen has orange coloured cupboards, exposed brick walls at both short ends and huge south facing windows. It leads off of a dark and large north facing hallway with more exposed brick. The floor is always freezing! It's terrazzo flooring made of concrete. So we've decided to go for a rubber floor, which with small people and pets seems a good choice. But there are a hundred colours out there and I'm struggling to arrive at a decision. The main accent colour aside from the brick in the hall is red, which seems to work well with the dark gloom and adds some cheer and welcome. And in the kitchen it's orange, as we've some lovely sixties stuff which complements the age of the house well. So, north and south light to contend with, brick, red and orange. I fear that my tiny budget has shrunk my decision making abilities. Your help and excellent tastes are welcome here.
Photos show the kitchen in its original state before we started any work at all. It's not changed much since then, except that the top cupboards have been removed and the breakfast bar section of the worktop has been taken away too. Much of the clutter is gone. I'm going slow on this room as I want to get it right :)
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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