The Carneys Kitchen
This mid-century style kitchen started as an awkward scheme. The existing layout was a terrible use of its already limited space. The Carney’s were keen to get rid of their mock Victorian cabinets and replace them with something more in keeping with their airy mid-70’s home. The family loved the idea of having a traditional mid-century kitchen design with open plan living but were reticent because of kitchen noises and smells. So, rather than lose the wall, we proposed a pocket door system instead. This concept allowed the family to open the kitchen whilst still being able to isolate it if they wanted. And this new system also solved the obstruction in the kitchen caused by the existing door. The family had also recently installed underfloor heating, which meant that we were now able to make use of the wall space previously occupied by a radiator.
On the inner wall, we took the cabinets from floor to ceiling, using every inch of space by spanning over and across the cooking area with a full range of storage cupboards. A pull out larder to the left of the hob provided an extension to the cooking space with spices, and other ingredients close on hand. On the outer wall we provided the client with two areas of open shelving which offer mini work stations for coffee and toast-making activities, but without taking up any of the limited work surfaces. Even inside the plywood carcass of the cupboards, we increased storage capacity by making use of half shelves, which allows for smaller items to be stored at the back of the cupboards without the need for stacking them on top of those already inside.
We gave a nod to the house’s era by designing a mid-century walnut kitchen but we maintained a modern feel by combining it with orange and white laminate, which didn’t just refresh the scheme but gave it some modernity too. Outside the kitchen, we were delighted to continue our work through to the dining area with some gorgeous walnut veneer panel work on the walls and matching pocket doors in keeping with the mid-century style of the kitchen
Mid Century Kitchen Cabinets - Walnut Veneered Birch Plywood | Worktop - Corian
Open Shelving Units - Orange and White Coloured Laminate & Walnut veneer | Kitchen Doors and Drawers - Orange and White Coloured Laminate & Walnut veneer
I’m so happy with the new kitchen, it’s unrecognisable to what it was, I never thought we’d be able to fit all our things inside it based on how it was so I’m amazed at the transformation. I think our favourite part is the coffee station, we love our morning coffee so it was an essential feature of kitchen but we were concerned about how much work space it would take up as we have so little. In any case Wood & Wire created a bespoke coffee station which floats above the worktop which means we lost non of our surface area. For the colours, we’re fans of modernism so the walnut veneer, orange and white was a no brainer for us to be able to re create a mid century style kitchen in our 70’s home.