The Trimble Family Kitchen -
This Victorian house in Manchester’s fashionable Didsbury Village, underwent a dramatic kitchen transformation, from a country-esque galley kitchen featuring a mismatched array of colours and surfaces, to a uniform space that oozes industrial chic.
Magnet customer, Emma Trimble, was fond of the traditional style of her Victorian home but wanted to update the kitchen to maintain the industrial flair whilst also incorporating a modern twist.
The original galley kitchen appeared cluttered and wasn’t maximising the space as the units were mismatched and chaotic. Emma’s goal was to create a sleeker-looking kitchen that was more symmetrical and streamlined.
The original kitchen only used part of the available space, as the back door was aligned to the left which meant that no units could be placed behind it. Once the door was moved to the centre of the back wall, this opened up the left-hand side of the kitchen for more units all the way down.
This made room for a stylish breakfast bar area, perfect for quick bites to eat and reading the morning papers over a freshly brewed coffee, bringing Emma’s kitchen dreams to life.
Emma opted for shaker doors to maintain the traditional elements of the house but chose a sophisticated grey shade alongside trendy copper handles to create a chic amalgamation of old and new. This balance was complemented by careful styling with a selection of copper accessories, including taps, light switches, storage jars, plug sockets and a clock; that seamlessly tied everything together.
The industrial heritage of the kitchen was emphasised through the use of hexagonal tiling which is not only super on-trend, but also taps into Emma’s Manchester roots, that she was keen to include as a personal nod to the city.
The use of the Minerva ice worktop really lightened the space to create a fresher and airier feel to the room, which could have looked dark otherwise due to the solid slate floor. This perfectly matched Emma’s vision of a bright and airy space in which to keep her eye-catching plant collection, that add homely finishing touches to the room.
Building the sink into the worktops helped to achieve a sleek, smooth look across the shining white surfaces. Appliances were kept minimal, with Emma not being the keenest of cooks, and the kitchen was updated with a sleek Zanussi oven and hob.
“A kitchen renovation is a fantastic experience, and one tip I’d share with anyone having a kitchen update is, try vegan ready meals! It sounds ridiculous but during the renovation you obviously aren’t able to prepare healthy meals, and I tired of takeaways after a while. Vegan options were the easiest way for me to get my five a day.
“My kitchen is a very social space and has been transformed into a dance floor more than once after dinner parties with friends, so it was important that the finished look was something that I wanted to show off!”
Chris, Showroom Manager at Magnet Sale said: “Emma was a dream to work with, she was very decisive and brought her own vision to the table. We worked very collaboratively together on this stunning kitchen. When people know so clearly what they want, it’s very rewarding to play part in bringing that to life.”
Magnet’s array of kitchen designs and installation options means that all kinds of families and house sizes can be catered for. Sometimes your friends are your family, as is the case of Emma who regularly hosts guests and now has an updated kitchen space for her and her friends to enjoy.