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Kitchen Tour: A Scandinavian-inspired Shaker Family Kitchen

An extended ground floor offered the perfect opportunity for this family to create an all-in-one kitchen and living space

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When Virginia and Darshan Loganathan moved into their Edwardian, mid-terrace house in Wimbledon, London, they knew they wanted an all-in-one family room: a decent-sized, inclusive space that contained the kitchen, dining and living areas. The first job was to open out the ground floor into the side return and add a rear extension, so the space was large enough to accommodate all of their wishes.

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Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here Virginia and Darshan Loganathan and their two young children, Isabel, 5, and Narayan, 2
Location Wimbledon, London
Size 8.2 x 4.5m
Designer Sally Eyles of The Shaker Kitchen Company

In their previous home, the couple realised they spent most of their time as a family in one room, hence the desire to create an all-in-one space. “The clients had a good idea of what they wanted from their kitchen, but welcomed design input and advice with layout, flow and functionality,” says kitchen designer Sally Eyles.

“When entertaining, their guests tend to gravitate to this space, so they very rarely use the formal living area now,” she adds.

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Eyles went for a bespoke design with traditional, in-frame, hand-painted cabinets. “The main concept here was a Nordic-inspired, Shaker-style kitchen,” she explains. “It’s light, clean and simplistic, with a large, bold island as a focal point.

“The beams were recessed into the ceiling to provide the wide open area that looks and feels like one connected space,” she adds.

Large, comfortable sofas in shades of cornflower and denim echo the bold blue island unit.

Bluebell sofas, sofa.com.

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The clients are big fans of the Little Greene paint range and wanted the wall cabinets to match the light French Grey walls. “They decided to contrast this with a striking, bold-coloured island,” says Eyles, “and felt Hicks Blue complemented the grey perfectly.

“Islands are an excellent way to maximise space in a kitchen layout and provide a real focal point for the kitchen – we see them as a place for the family to congregate, have a casual bite to eat and to enjoy each other’s company.”

Walls and cabinets painted in French Grey; island painted in Hicks Blue, both Little Greene.

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A trio of domed pendant lights sculpted from white metal adds to the contemporary Scandinavian feel of the design. The double doors at the back of the kitchen hide a larder for extra storage.

At the other end of the ground floor is another reception room.

Cohen pendant lights, Heal’s.

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The satin nickel cup handles create a silvery glow against the dark blue and pale grey units.

On one side of the island, a little nook is carved out to create a breakfast bar area – perfect for informal dining and socialising while cooking. Wooden bar stools bring in earthy hues.

Weathered oak stools, Cox & Cox.

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A Silestone worktop was chosen for practical purposes. “The clients would have loved a marble worktop, but, with two young children, they opted for Silestone instead, which is stylish yet hard-wearing,” says the designer.

Worktop, Silestone. Sink, Villeroy & Boch.

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The pale grey and white hues in the rest of the kitchen enhance the airy, free-flowing design and create a sophisticated, easy-on-the-eye backdrop to the punchy blue island unit.

All appliances, Neff.

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The traditional, in-frame cabinets are made from solid European oak, and the carcasses and inner, Shaker-style panels are made from MDF. All of the cabinets are hand-painted to create a bespoke feel that was exactly to the clients’ taste.

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The stone suppliers recommended using a large panel of Silestone – the same as the worktops – as a splashback behind the gas hob for an interesting and slightly different look.

Every last detail has been considered – even the blue Dualit toaster was chosen to tie in with the colour on the island unit.

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The rustic engineered oak planks sweep through the entire ground floor for a seamless flow.

What do you think of this light and bright Shaker-style kitchen? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
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