Bold as brass
Statement metallic details and a dramatic colour palette add a contemporary edge to the sophisticated family kitchen in this Grade II Listed Cotswolds farmhouse
'My style is quite eclectic – it’s basically the absolute opposite of pale Scandi,’ jokes Sophie Johnstone, who helped to design the kitchen in the Georgian home she shares with her husband Gavin and two boys, Nat and Rafi. ‘I like colour and really modern design along with very old pieces too. Gavin is far more traditional though. He loves period features and wants everything to be Georgian. So we clash a bit and then end up with a mish-mash of the two.’
The couple bought the house from a developer who had already done a lot of the renovations to the old building. Having developed a few of their own properties however, Gavin and Sophie had a clear idea of what they wanted from their new forever home and how to set about prioritising the work. ‘All the structural work had been done and the kitchen was brand new, but it wasn’t our style at all,’ explains Sophie. ‘It had laminate floors and pale grey units with black granite surfaces and a large table in the middle. We lived with it for a couple of years while we got on and focused on other projects in the house, but then we had to start making changes.’
The couple’s love of dramatic colour led them to choose dark cabinetry contrasting with Carrera marble worktops and splashbacks. The room’s stand-out feature is the central island topped with a bespoke brass worktop which, Sophie admits, ‘might be wildly impractical but looks lovely. We love going to Barcelona,’ explains Sophie. ‘The brass idea came from a kitchen we saw in an interiors shop over there. It had a shiny gold worktop on the island and I loved it. We couldn’t get it from there, so we sourced the brass ourselves.’ As a keen baker, Sophie knew she wanted the room to be spacious, sociable and an area for the family to come together while she baked and cooked. So while taking out a bank of cupboards along one wall meant losing some storage, it also opened up the space and changed the shape of the room.
Removing the cupboards and replacing the patio doors with a large window and accompanying window seat helped to add light and a welcoming cosiness to the room. And her favourite element? ‘Everyone loves to sit on the window seat while I’m cooking,’ smiles Sophie. ‘Even after the children have eaten they’ll often sit there and chat while I’m tidying up.’
Kitchen prices start at £30,000 from Closa Bespoke.
Photos by: Adam Carter
Article by: Molly Forbes