Having a good idea is one thing, but knowing how to produce it can be another. ‘I had a mental picture of what I wanted to achieve, but it wasn’t until I found Neil Norton Design that I could see my kitchen becoming a reality,’ says homeowner Jo Clarke. ‘As soon as I saw the showroom, I could tell that Neil had a flair for using unusual materials and for creating original designs.’

 

As part of a project to renovate the entire three-storey Victorian terraced home in south west London, which Jo shares with her two teenage children, the kitchen was extended across the rear and over the side return to increase its width and depth, with Crittall-style glass doors opening on to the garden. The height of the room was also improved by digging down to drop the floor level. ‘I wanted to create a spacious feel and a room for relaxing, entertaining and socialising, just as much as for cooking,’explains Jo.

 

 

‘The challenge was to add warmth and character to the space, with a new take on the trend for industrial style,’ says Neil Norton of his brief from Jo. ‘I wanted to experiment with colours and materials to create a luxurious finish, that moves the rough industrial look into something more polished, even a little glamorous, so that the space works just as well in the evening for entertaining as it does when the family is at home during the day.’

 

The solution was to team black-blue painted classic cabinetry, with its panels inspired by the shape of the Crittall-style glass doors to the garden, with handleless base units on the opposite wall in rich walnut. ‘Each drawer is finished with hand-selected crown cut walnut veneer, chosen for the natural beauty of its grain,’ says Neil, adding that they chose its warm red colour as a counterpoint to the natural oak of the beams and white washed oak floor. Solid metal pendant lights with rubber detailing, marble mosaic splashback tiles and a cement-look quartz worktop complete the look.

 

 

‘In working with Neil, there was a sense that anything was possible, from the choice of the most beautiful pieces of timber to the precise measurements of the frame of the cabinets,’ says Jo. ‘I love the combination of materials and textures, and feel they give the room a real point of difference.’

 

Kitchens by Neil Norton Design start from £30,000.

 

Photos by: Paul Craig

Article by: Amelia Thorpe