In the kitchen of this Notting Hill townhome in London, everything you need for cooking is cleverly concealed. It's sleek, it's modern, it's luxurious, it's totally covetable. Here are a few ideas worth stealing.
A hidden oven.
Some people don't mind the look of appliances in their kitchen: others may feel they're a bit unsightly. Refrigerators and dishwashers can be hidden behind custom panels, but there is not yet a way to hide an oven. This kitchen gets around that neatly by placing the ovens on the backside of the island, where they can't be seen from the rest of the floor.
A hidden refrigerator.
The fridge in this space is also hidden — so hidden that you may barely be able to find it. (In the photo above, the refrigerator is behind the cabinets with the pull handles.) This is, admittedly, not a cheap detail, but it's one that gives the kitchen a special elegance and cohesiveness.
A thick countertop edge.
I love the look of a thick countertop edge — this is a detail that gives a lot of heft and presence (and a very high-end look) to a counter. It's also, I imagine, one that's very expensive. I would love to see this done in laminate — if detailed properly I think it could be very nice. Note that, on the cabinets on the inside of the island, there is a reveal between the bottom of the countertop and the start of the cabinets.
A statement-making faucet.
This telescoping faucet is more than just a way to deliver water into the sink — it's a piece of functional sculpture, a focal point of the whole room. (Which is appropriate, considering that the faucet can be seen from pretty much anywhere in the room.)
A marble-clad island.
From inside the kitchen, the island is highly functional, housing the sink, cooktop, and two ovens. From elsewhere in the room, it's an elegant, sculptural element, covered on three sides by gorgeously veined white marble. This (or a slightly less expensive waterfall edge treatment) is a good option to consider for an open kitchen, where the island will be seen from a lot of different parts of the house.
The chevron floors are a perfect complement to the rest of the kitchen: they add a bit of warmth, and a little bit of pattern, to a very austere space. Chevron is a classic flooring pattern that appears in older buildings throughout Europe: it's also a great way to add a little old-world character to your much newer space. You can buy wood planks that are already cut into a chevron pattern, or cut the pattern yourself from standard flooring. There are also wood-look tiles that come in this pattern, a viable option for those who don't love the idea of wood flooring in the kitchen.
Love all that marble, but think this beautiful material is out of reach? Think again.
Want to see more of this kitchen? Check out the project page on Blakes London.