This cool, calm, and absolutely stunning kitchen by Martin Moore was commissioned by a Danish couple who wanted it to reflect their own ‘Nordic’ style. They wanted to combine the integrity of classic, hand-built wooden furniture with a clean aesthetic. And they wanted a bright, warm, open-plan space typical of Scandinavian homes.
It’s now a very practical space with maximum work surfaces and storage, an extra large peninsular rather than an island, and a huge range cooker that is perfect for baking. In fact, a super organised space, with a very warm heart that epitomizes the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ – enjoying the simple good things in life, with people you love.
Underlining the Scandinavian aesthetic, natural oak flooring has been used to add warmth and balance out the white and off-white surfaces. And there are lot’s of tips here for creating a kitchen in an open-plan space that is functional but still looks beautiful.
Style Tip: In this instance the fridge and freezer are tucked away in a separate space, close to, but not in the kitchen. If you don’t have the space for that, you can hide them behind integrated doors for the same effect.
Style Tip: Keeping the worktops white (here they are Corian) makes them less dominant and has the effect of making them almost disappear.
Style Tip: Open shelves instead of wall cupboards will keep the space looking light and airy. But instead of cramming them full of kitchen utensils, use them to show off your best china and a few house plants. That way they look more decorative and easier on the eye when you’re not actually using the kitchen.
Style Tip: Cupboards that open both sides of a peninsular or island are practical for keeping things where they need to be. No one wants to keep dancing round the island when laying the table for dinner.
Kitchen by Martin Moore. Prices start at £35,000.