The Victorian Grey Shaker

When Sustainable Kitchens was asked to create a timeless kitchen for their clients’ traditional Victorian home in London, it had to be classic Shaker in style. 

The home, although typical of Victorian properties in the area, features a large modern extension to the rear of the property.

This vast additional space was flooded with light, making it perfect to create a large open-plan living space. With this in mind, the new kitchen space was designed to have functional ‘zones’ and interconnecting spaces that make the whole room very sociable and great for entertaining.

The kitchen cabinetry is classic Shaker in style - the functional simplicity and clean design of Shaker kitchens are extremely well suited to traditional Victorian design principles. The cabinets were painted, by hand, in a striking dark grey shade called Scree by Little Greene, and provided the perfect platform for the cool, crisp Bianco Stelline worktops.

When it came to deciding on which kitchen sink should take centre-stage, it had to be Shaws.

The designers resisted the more obvious choice of our Shaker-style sink, and instead opted for a Shaws Belfast sink - a design icon renowned for its classic and timeless look - in our more compact size of 600mm. In its new home, the Belfast is paired with a beautiful handcrafted aged brass tap by Perrin & Rowe, which elevates the sink far beyond its hard-working roots.

The kitchen peninsula is designed to provide extra space for food preparation and allows for more valuable storage.

A suspended worktop was incorporated to display plants, and using a step-up extension on the peninsula delivers a visual connection between the dining room and the kitchen, creating a communal space for breakfast on the go.

The use of the light oak parquet flooring brings an endearing warmth and texture to the otherwise cool aesthetic.

Large statement appliances provide an industrial practicality that reminds us that this is very much a modern, working kitchen. Small design touches like the weathered glazed brick tiles and the glimpse of copper in the industrial-style lights pay homage to the Victorian era in a way that is subtle, but considered. The whole space is very well balanced to be of the moment, but also enduring enough to provide the homeowner with a kitchen that could last a lifetime… without ever going out of fashion.


Images courtesy of Sustainable Kitchens and Nick Moore Photography.