This kitchen, dining and living area extension is part of a large residential renovation project in East Sheen, Southwest London. Previously, a smaller, outdated extension held a kitchen and dining area that didn’t suit the scale of the rest of the house. We replaced it with a much larger and more functional extension which added a cosy living space, and a larger kitchen and dining area, along with a pantry, guest bathroom, and utility room.
When I got involved, our amazing builders had just laid foundations for the new extension, designed by Tim Brennan architects. I consulted on space planning and layout, and on specification of fixtures, fittings and finishes.
East Sheen Kitchen, Dining & Living Room Mood Board
The clients wanted a mix of luxury with industrial elements both in the kitchen and throughout the extension design. We kept the more permanent finishes fairly neutral but with plenty of texture, with the intention to add colour in later with art and accessories.
We didn’t go with all the furniture selections in the mood board. The clients decided to use some of their existing pieces for the time being, with a view to potentially buying a new, larger dining set in the future as budget allows. But the overall vibe stayed the same.
Kitchen, Dining & Living Room Interior Design Reveal
The kitchen wraps around two walls, and centers on a large island with counter seating on one side. A show-stopping skylight, designed by the architects, floods the room with light and creates a visual focal point.
A walk-in pantry sits to the left of the fridge. Next to that, a glazed door leading to the new bathroom and utility room.
Wall to wall glazing shows off the garden, which has also been renovated since these photos were taken.
The clients initially wanted brick slips as a splash back. Instead, we made the more practical choice to move the brick wall to the living area and opted for an antiqued mirror splash back in the kitchen. The finish has silver and copper undertones, which pick up on the brushed steel cabinet hardware, and copper lighting and accessories elsewhere.
A bespoke floating wood shelf above the sinks provides a spot for showing off some of the clients existing accessories.
Flipping around, a cosy living area provides a spot to chill and chat. We wanted this to be a sociable space for the whole family, and the layout means that whoever is cooking in the kitchen isn’t cut off from the rest of the room.
The brick slip wall makes more sense in the living area than it would have in the kitchen, because this was the old external wall before the original extension was built. With the kitchen on the opposite side of the room, the brick wall helps visually balance the space.
The textured brick also helps absorb echo in this large extension, making the space feel cosier and warmer in spite of its generous size.
I would like to add a rug to the living area eventually, but that’s a down the road job when the budget allows, given we’re still working our way through renovating the rest of the house.
We gave the old doors, linking the new extension to the rest of the house, a fresh coat of paint. And I love old butler’s bell box!
See More of this East Sheen interior design & renovation project
Engineered Wood Flooring – UK Flooring Direct
Brick Slips – Bricks Slips
Island Pendants – Industville
Wall Paint – Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball
Door Paint – Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball
Furniture, Art & Accessories – Client’s own
Kitchen & Splash Back – Client sourced
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