Project Tag: minimal

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Kitchen Design – Battersea

In London, space is of a premium. As a result, the majority of my designs are minimal. This doesn’t mean you can’t be adventurous with designs and colours. Quite the opposite in fact. The limitations almost encourage you to think outside the box.


When a couple in Battersea approached me and initially wanted a black and white kitchen with an island, we went through a couple of concepts. I took their architects’ floorplan and created a 3d visual of what the new basement would look like which gave them a real-world understanding of the space and what could be achieved within it.

Being a basement conversion, we had many discussions about the use of black and white. ‘Black’ isn’t a typical go-to colour due to the low ceilings and inherently dark nature of a basement. After many discussions, the colours changed.
We lost the white.
I thought black and white would be a bit too 80’s and using only white is just too clinical for a space like this and they didn’t want a wood grain. We also needed more storage space so, why not 2 islands? (the clients’ idea, which I thought was brilliant). Lighting in the handrails to add some elegance and use a lacquered gloss finish to reflect the space to make it look bigger.


An emerald green granite worktop was used, which carries on to the splash back. Useful to note that you can request the offcuts if there are any left over. In this instance, they used the offcuts for a couple of coffee tables (first image below)

All of which ties in beautifully with the grey tones they wanted for the rest of the design.


I offered some guidance on appliances, most of which are by Siemens. In this instance, I left purchasing up to them. Sometimes there are better deals to be had online.

The result is below.

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Battersea Basement Kitchen designBattersea Basement Kitchen design

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Battersea Basement Kitchen design

Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design – Wandsworth Common

Certain designs are challenging. I often find the simpler the design looks, often the more complicated it is.

Not in this instance.

In this instance, the client was complicated. Very. (Also hope she’s not reading this…)


The kitchen itself was quite straightforward. Concrete finish, modern, minimal design. Certain design features were included; A herb garden inset behind the sink. A door on the outside of the island in the same finish as the floor. This freed up the internal corner and provided additional storage. It shouldn’t have taken 364 emails to accomplish this but somehow did, I counted.

Sadly the built-in herb garden wasn’t implemented. Which is a bit frustrating as I was personally looking forward to seeing it! (It’s not all about me….apparently)


Neolith Estatuario was used for the worktops and also as a splashback. We dropped it to the floor at the end of the island in order to give the kitchen a nice finished look.

Extending the worktop behind the sink enabled the kids to sit and do their homework there. The height of the step made it possible for standard dining chairs to be used rather than bar stools.


I’ll often suggest appliances to my clients but depending on the brand they’re looking for, sometimes electrical goods are cheaper online. It’s just how it is. In this instance, the client chose all their own appliances, which included an integrated dishwasher, oven, induction hob, integrated hood and built-in coffee machine.

Coffee machines are seldom called for these days as they are very expensive and people often opt for a built-in microwave or steamer instead as Nespresso machines are the norm in many households.

I’m really happy with the result and more importantly, the client and her family are too.

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Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design SW London

Kitchen design SW London