Engine rooms: the modern kitchen Kitchens should be workable, family friendly and versatile - places in the home you are drawn to, according to the author of a new book Wed 13 Nov 2013 INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION The Design company Autoban put a fun factor into this functional design with decals on the chair, a simple iron frame island with open shelving and a breakfast bar that is given a life with a pop of lemon bonbon yellow. Pots and pans hang from pipes, while the ceramic sink and tall functional taps have a touch of the science lab about them. They’ve kept the industrial duct pipe to give the loft space a sense of authenticity. It doubles as an extractor fan. Liam Davis of The Renovation Station suggests using solid wood on an island 300cm by 150cm by 80cm. The woodwork including labour will cost €550. The metal frame fabrication will cost about €750 through Baldoyle-based M and K engineering and can be done in any Ral colour. Ikea has cool Bygel s-hooks in stainless steel and different colours for hanging that you can hang from. therenovationstation.ie, Ikea.ie PAINT EFFECTS To spread the visual weight of the dark brown oak B3 Bulthaup kitchen units, the lower walls of this kitchen have been panelled in blackened oak. Charlotte’s Locks vibrant orange from Farrow and Ball is used above the picture rail and features in the paint company’s new publication, Decorating With Colour, by Ros Byam Shaw. The B&B Italia Pathos table by Antonio Citterio, can be ordered through Minima. Mid-Century Online is a good place to try sourcing the vintage Warren Platner chairs. The “cupboard” on the far wall is actually a delicate artwork by Tamara Kvesitadze. This kitchen, as seen here, will cost about €25,000, ex countertops. See mcnallyliving.ie BLUE PERIOD This freestanding style, Vermont by Fired Earth, keeps above-counter cupboards to a minimum, on one wall only, to better knit the design to an open-plan space. Each of the parts of the Scandinavian-inspired design has been painted a different shade: Andaman Sea on the island, Smoke Blue on the base units and Dover Cliffs on the wall units. This design costs €20,333 as seen here and includes quartz countertops, a double sink and taps – but not the Aga. firedearth.com CELEBRITY X FACTOR Ola 20 is the Snaidero kitchen designed by Pininfarina that wowed actor Brad Pitt who recently bought it for its smooth rounded lines of corners and countertop extension that turns into a table with a sculptural base. It comes in 20 colours in two finish options: matte lacquer and mica paint used by the car industry that make the surfaces look cleaner, brighter and reflective without being shiny. On trend is the oil blue option. Brad Pitt bought it in Nordic white. As seen here it costs €35,000, including worktops from Upper Fitzwilliam Street-based porterandjones.com. SMALL BUT CHIC A really cool way to update grey from Polish architecture firm Pera Studio is to mix the now ubiquitous grey with blocks of modern colour. Grey with white and neon yellow makes this small open-plan space feel bigger. Krakow-based Pera carries the yellow through the kitchen cabinets and floor. Alan Gallagher (046-955 2635/ 087-2265362) of Gallagher Interiors does a lot of work for Boyd Cody Architects. perastudio.pl, boydcodyarch.com CONCRETE MIX This kitchen has retained its original beams and hearth, which has been tiled and provides the perfect space for the range cooker. The sink, a stone trough, is set on a concrete plinth and the floor is polished concrete. The 1970s furniture mixes it up. Other appliances are hidden in a utility room. Wexford-based Renobuild can do a dyed concrete mottled finish sealed floor for approximately €80 per sq m. The precast concrete trough-style sink (with integral colour) will cost about €1,800. nobuild.ie FRENCH POLISH This is a very chic take on the traditional kitchen helped in no small part by the height of the ceiling. The units have recessed kickboards so they appear to float. The tiled countertops and splashback is simple and cheap to execute, and works well with the Belfast sink. The slimline dresser is wall hung to make it appear to float and draws the eye upwards, as do the floor- to-ceiling presses. Quarry tiles add warmth. Design House in Dalkey can do something this traditional for about €30,000. designhousedublin.com INTENSE COLOR This 1950s-inspired kitchen with its duck egg blue painted cabinets and white table and chairs has been given an intense colour makeover through the simple use of strong colours. For the blue, an Yves Klein aquamarine, try Mambo by the Little Greene Paint Company, available from TileStyle. Crown’s Three Kings, part of its Christmas Collection, replicates the yellow perfectly.