London-based Kinnersley Kent Design have taken a tired and disjointed 1930’s house and created an understated yet luxurious home. Fresh and modern with its minimalist, no fuss lines the rooms now feel united and have a zen like calm to them. Light floods in through open plan spaces while the simple period details have been celebrated, albeit quietly.
Over the years the existing property had gradually been extended to accommodate the changing needs of a growing family. The result was a house of many parts, which although comfortable and homely felt a little disjointed. The brief was to unite the different spaces with a fresh and modern look and feel, making the most of the quirky architecture while fostering a sense of calm and wellbeing.
The design response was to celebrate the Arts and Crafts details of the original house, reinstating a sense of authenticity and place.
A key aim was to open up the space and bring in as much natural light as possible. The former extension was demolished and replaced with a larger, openly modern building to house an open-plan kitchen and dining area. Predominantly glazed, the extension establishes a strong relationship between the inside and outside.
A muted colour palette of off-whites, warm greys and soft wooden tones creates a pared back aesthetic that’s punctuated by the rich greens of the trees and gardens outside the windows. The material palette includes stone, timber, wicker and leather while concrete adds a modern edge, and brass touches give a nod towards a luxurious hotel feel. As with the furniture, the subtle choice of materials was carefully chosen to seamlessly blend classic and contemporary, so that as you walk through the interior you are unaware that you are crossing between the older and newer areas of the building.
To celebrate the Arts and Crafts feel of the original house, details were added such as a new fireplace in the heart of the living room, traditional handmade shutters on the inside of the windows and reclaimed timber flooring throughout. All the furniture, lighting and rugs were specifically selected to be a mix of old and new, contrasting styles and references from traditional British classics to Scandinavian and more contemporary handcrafted pieces.