This beachside holiday home had harboured a wonderful family of 5 for the past 10 years but was in need of extending and overhauling for the growing children! A large rear extension made way for an open plan kitchen/ dining/ living area and a wet room on the ground floor as well as creating extra space upstairs. The house needed to be practical - sandy feet, growing kids and a very lovable Lab. But the client's willingness to embrace the bold has allowed this house to stand proud for a while to come!
A bold combination of ultramarine walls and sunshine yellow sofa brought this bay-fronted living room bang up to date. The original features of the house - oak parquet flooring and cast iron fireplace were retained and enhanced with a new mosaic tiled hearth and fresh white woodwork.
Bold and beautiful
Often a bold colour is reserved for a 'feature' wall, or simple accessories. Here we went all out and covered all the walls. With high ceilings and plenty of natural light though the final effect is dramatic and enhances the blonde wood detailing of the flooring and the bespoke shelves. These useful shelves with nautical, iron brackets were custom made for the recesses and designed with an unusual flared front to give a slightly retro flavour.
The natural feature of the bay window and the fact the sill level was high made this perfect for a window seat in a space that could have otherwise only contained a single chair. A white wood bench was topped with an ultramarine wool seat pad to match the walls, and softened further with mix and match cushions. The white wooden venetian blinds further enhanced the nautical feel.
Sleek and modern, this kitchen is uber stylish but befits the underlying coastal theme of the house through the use of driftwood effect tiling on walls and floor. Richness was added with the dark blue-black paint finish on the main cabinets, copper accents on the bar stools and the addition of deep mahogany dining furniture at the far end.
An island of one's own
The large island is finished in a grey limewash with heavy wood grain to contrast against the flat blue-black of the wall cabinets. The wood grain theme is continued in the floor and wall tile.
Cabinets were deliberately kept to a low level along the back wall to create a sense of space and light. Wide pan drawers and a tall pantry cupboard, together with open wall shelving provide ample storage.
The newly extended kitchen/diner becomes the main living space for this family of surfers. Ample eating space is provided in the bespoke dining table and benches, made from recycled laboratory worktops. The navy and copper colour scheme continues from the kitchen to the dining room walls and beyond to the corner suite.
A simple combination of greys and blues provide a restful contrast to the existing beech furniture. Brushed cottons and velvet scatter cushions add warmth and texture.
Simple metro wall tiles allow the bolder blue and yellow floor tile to really catch the eye.