Redesigning the kitchen has probably been my favourite process in this project so far. The wall separating the kitchen & dining room meant that both rooms were quite dark and cramped with farmhouse style wooden cupboards galore and bubbly lino in the kitchen. Straightaway, I decided to get rid of this wall to make a spacious, open plan kitchen/diner and modernise the whole room into a bright, sociable space. I always dreamed of having an island in the kitchen and even toyed with the idea of moving everything completely to the opposite wall but, in the end, felt this would’ve been a hell of a job for not a whole lot more space. The L-shape of the kitchen that I decided on does mean that I could create a breakfast bar, which almost gives the same feel of an island (I think!), so I’m happy anyway!
After deciding on the layout of the kitchen, there were a few key things I had in mind to add to the room, like pendant lights to hang over the breakfast bar and bar stools. I love the look of black framed pendants like these but decided that all-glass lights would be less imposing, so went with 2 of the Small Cowbell pendants from Loaf which you can get here. I bought these so long ago in excitement I can’t wait for them to finally be put up!
As for bar stools, I pretty much knew exactly which ones I wanted since the dawn of time! I’d seen these gorgeous industrial style ones from Swoon Editions in pretty much every beautiful interiors magazine and Insta account & knew they had to be mine. I went for 3 of the taller version but they also do a shorter style to cater to lower counters or tables & they come in a great range of colour combos (including this amazing copper stool if that’s your thing!). I just love the moulded-to-your-bum seat, they look like they’ll be so comfy for a backless stool!
I always thought I’d like to mirror the industrial feel of the stools with the dining table, getting a darker wooden top with dark metal legs but on second thoughts I’m torn! Will it look too imposing against my navy units & light floors? I also love the look of a lighter wooden frame with a white top à la my worktops… Either way I want something sturdy and substantial – I sense a new Pinterest board is needed!
What do you think? Should I go strong and industrial or light and understated? Help!