Not everyone wants a huge kitchen with fancy equipment and built-in everything. Take the owners of this Victorian home (currently for sale on The Modern House) in the Ferndale neighborhood of London. According to designer Adam Bray, who took them on as clients when they decided to renovate, character and efficiency were the priorities.

Prior to the update, the kitchen “was perfectly nice, inherited from the previous owner,” says Adam. “But the clients wanted to make it their own.” To them, that meant a kitchen with personality and “a feeling of not being too ‘fitted,’ which is why we used a big antique cupboard as a larder.”

Let’s take a tour to see what other personal touches they instituted.

Photography courtesy of The Modern House.

Above: The palette is bold, with red being a dominant theme throughout. “We suggested [the color in the kitchen]. The client had been very bold with the color palette in the rest of the house, and it would have been a shame to lose confidence in the kitchen!” says Adam, of the custom rust-red on the cabinets. On the walls is a peachy SC240 from Papers and Paints.
A marble countertop with integrated drainboard removes the need for a clunky dish rack in a small space. The brass knobs and pulls are from Balineum.
Above: A marble countertop with integrated drainboard removes the need for a clunky dish rack in a small space. The brass knobs and pulls are from Balineum.
Adam was hired to help with color, fabric, and furniture selection in the clients&#8
Above: Adam was hired to help with color, fabric, and furniture selection in the clients’ home. In lieu of a pantry closet or more built-in cabinets, they opted for a vintage armoire to store larder essentials.
The south-facing room is small but a pair of Crittall steel doors leading to the patio helps bring in light. The gray and white checkered Terrazzo-tiled floors are perhaps Adam&#8
Above: The south-facing room is small but a pair of Crittall steel doors leading to the patio helps bring in light. The gray and white checkered Terrazzo-tiled floors are perhaps Adam’s favorite part of the remodel.
The view from the patio toward the kitchen, which is a new extension to the original home.
Above: The view from the patio toward the kitchen, which is a new extension to the original home.
The red color surfaces in nearly every room of the house. Here, a pop of red on the staircase can be seen from the front living room.
Above: The red color surfaces in nearly every room of the house. Here, a pop of red on the staircase can be seen from the front living room.

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