THE BLACK AND WHITE SOLUTION TO A KITCHEN
September 19, 2023
How many of us look at our kitchens and realise they are tired, a bit shabby and in definite need of a makeover but fail to actually put our dreams into reality? One Edinburgh couple decided enough was enough and approached one of our designers, Angus Mackintosh, and asked for a complete modernisation of their kitchen. The brief was for a monochromatic scheme, with maximum storage and work surface areas but also incorporating an area to socialise in.
Angus said: “The request for something contemporary led me to opting for a black and white kitchen, which is striking and works well in the space available. Soft touch matt black doors from the Leicht Contino Bondi range in black slate, with contrasting matt Dekton Aura worktops gave it a very sleek look.”
Lighting was crucial in this kitchen and Angus cleverly layered the lighting to zone the areas. Over the peninsula pendant lighting is perfect for the breakfast bar, while recessed ceiling lights illuminate the cooking and food prep areas. The in-built banqueting seating has a softer central light, and the TV is subtly disguised in front of a dark grey mirror. Natural light floods through the big window and glazed door allowing it to be bright even on a dull winter’s day.
Given there is not plentiful space, Angus designed a bench seating around the table, which allows the clients to fit all their family and grandchildren comfortably into the area. This has given them the option for socialising in the kitchen, while still including those who are cooking. Ample storage was achieved through the long run of wall units.
The overall impression? Angus adds: “This is a simple but highly effective striking design. The linear, monochromatic look, with the odd splash of colour, gives a very clean, minimalistic style that works for cooking, eating and socialising.”