Clients looking to transform or update their homes almost always ask for lighter, brighter spaces that feel fresh, calm and ordered – simple to achieve through clever design and careful selection of materials.
A combination of light-reflecting surfaces and natural wood finishes against a backdrop of white will fill your spaces with beautiful calm light; and opening up rooms by removing internal walls creates better flow and room to explore more practical and sociable open-plan kitchen layouts. Bringing the outside in with floor-to-ceiling windows or sliding doors is a sure-fire way to make a space feel larger and more relaxing. If you want to draw focus on views to the outside, keeping your interiors relatively pared-back will maximise the framing effect of plentiful glazing.
Here we round up some of Holden Harper’s recent kitchen and bathroom architectural-design projects to give you a little inspiration…
Fronted by floor-to-ceiling windows, this kitchen features high-gloss cabinets to bounce natural light throughout the space, counterpointed by beautiful wood-veneered island units and a freestanding cupboard. Glossy deep plum tiles provide a splash of colour.
A contemporary extension to a period property in Wimbledon Village provides plenty of space for a busy family to relax and entertain. Skylights throw natural light down onto work surfaces and oversize doors open out onto the garden terrace. A combination of glossy white and matte Corian surfaces adds textural interest; the engineered wood floor grounds the space with a natural feel underfoot.
A long, narrow London townhouse plot in Kensington provides many challenges to an architect looking to carve out larger spaces with a generous feel; but cutting into walls and ceilings to flood rooms with plenty of natural light and natural materials keep it cosy rather than cold.
Key in connecting and unifying the dining area and kitchen is the continuation of the beautiful ceramic floor tiles, plus under-counter lighting that’s picked up on the edge of the steps leading to the upper level. Bespoke storage lined with beechwood, sheepskin throws and Wishbone chairs lend a midcentury-meets-Scandinavia note.
In this ensuite bathroom, dark wenge wood provides a warm contrast with crisp white and neutral ceramic surrounds. A glimpse of green in the garden beyond is reflected on the door of the walk-in shower. A great way to bring contemporary luxury to a traditional period home.
Completely lined in glossy but neutral marble tiling, this contemporary bathroom could have become a featureless box: but the natural light bouncing in from two sets of French windows and thoughtful use of natural wood bring balance. The freestanding egg tub has glorious garden views.
All projects shown undertaken by Holden Harper architects. For more information, or to discuss your plans with us, get in touch.