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“Our fully-integrated kitchen is functional and attractive”

In their old renovated farmhouse, the customers dreamed of a designer kitchen, which was also warm and adapted to their lifestyle. They chose a dark shade with a touch of sepia and brass highlights.

And the result is They wanted an elegant and modern kitchen.

The architect’s point of view

Visual 01 The architect’s point of view
Visual 02 The architect’s point of view

Spatial planning is an essential step. And in this house, the kitchen was almost non-existent. So the volumes were redesigned. A partition wall was broken down and the kitchen door removed, creating a large open-plan kitchen and dining room.

The couple wanted to make the most of the living room and lounge.

Storage and worktop come first

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Why did they need a large worktop? To have space to leave items on the side and for two people to cook without getting in each other’s way. The tall unit wall offers a large storage space and leaves enough space for integrated appliances.

Internal drawers and deep drawers complete the design, under the island’s cooking worktop.

With its additional storage space and open shelf unit, this unit also separates the kitchen from the living space.

The two large cabinets more than make up for the lack of storage space in the house

Colour, design and decoration

The colours match thanks to the sepia units and grege island, all emphasised by brass handles. Cigar-coloured oak adorns the wall panel and shelves. The mixer tap and hood are black, creating a very contemporary design. Only the light worktops contrast with the rest of the kitchen.

The decoration in the dining room and living room adds a leafy, almost organic and slightly bohemian touch. Fairly neutral colours and natural materials such as rattan make the room soft and warm.

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"We wanted a kitchen that was functional, fully integrated and aesthetically pleasing."

Unique like you.

 

The desires of the customers

When they moved into an atypical apartment - an old renovated farmhouse - the couple dreamed of a designer kitchen, warm and adapted to their lifestyle. One of the advantages of being a kitchen designer is that you always have a lot of ideas and you can draw the plan of your future kitchen yourself. In terms of style, the choice was made for a dark color, not quite black, with a touch of sepia and brass, for an elegant and modern kitchen. A technical and aesthetic challenge met by the customer.

 

The technical point of view

There are kitchens for which the layout of the space is an essential first step. In the young couple's home, the kitchen was almost non-existent. So the volumes were rethought. A partition was knocked down and the kitchen door was removed. A large opening was thus created on the dining room overlooking the living room, on the other side of the glass roof replacing the partition. Everything here was designed to make the most of the living room and the lounge.

Among the technical constraints related to the layout, on the load-bearing wall to the left of the kitchen, the customer chose to install a wall of cabinets. And on the right, below the window, there is a cooking island, like a bar, separating the kitchen from the dining and living areas.

 

Priority to storage and worktop

The starting principle was to have as much work surface as possible on the side of the ceramic sink, including a large basin and a drainer. A large enough work surface, but above all with several storage areas so that the customers can cook together without getting in each other's way.

By freeing up space, the cabinets also made it possible to integrate all the appliances, consisting of a large refrigerator, a freezer, an oven and microwave. While the two large cabinets offer plenty of storage space, they more than make up for the lack of storage space in the house.

Under the island's cooktop, two sliding drawers and two large doors, with an English drawer and a sliding drawer, complete the kitchen's layout.

A two-door cabinet with a niche overlooking the dining room provides additional storage.

 

Color, design and decoration

A great homogeneity was desired in the colors chosen for this kitchen. The furniture varies from sepia to grey for the island. The credenza and shelves are in cigar oak, and the mixer tap and the hood are black, for a very contemporary design. Only the light-colored worktop contrasts with the rest of the kitchen; the whole is elegantly underlined by the brass-colored handles matching the suspensions.

Decorative shelves are fixed above the worktop, including a black metal shelf reminiscent of the glass roof. Ideal for storing pretty glasses and displaying bulk jars. A wire element that brings even more graphics to the kitchen.

Finally, the dining room and living room decor adds a plant-like, almost organic and slightly bohemian touch to the room. With fairly neutral colors and natural materials like rattan, the room is soft and warm. Perfect for listening to music or finding inspiration and ideas for drawing.