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Steal This Look: A Tropical Kitchen in North London, Pastel Paint Edition

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Steal This Look: A Tropical Kitchen in North London, Pastel Paint Edition

July 31, 2018

North London isn’t the first place you’d expect to find a tropical-inflected kitchen, but rather than stand out in garish contrast to gloomy London, architects Simon Astridge went for a softer effect by blending inspirations from Mexican architecture to pastel Victorian brick. Their first order was to bring in the light (mainly with skylights) and color (with plaster and paint) to brighten the interior and bring the outdoors in. Here’s our list of sources to re-create the look, no matter your location.

the architects designed the kitchen with green spray painted mdf: &#8\2\20; 9
Above: The architects designed the kitchen with green spray-painted MDF: “It’s less expensive than laminate and doesn’t have that plasticky finish,” they say. The countertop is made by bespoke concrete specialists Warrington & Rose. Photograph by Nicholas Worley, courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.
the idea for the painted recess was to &#8\2\20;bring the green from outsid 10
Above: The idea for the painted recess was to “bring the green from outside in.” Photograph by Nicholas Worley, courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.
another dose of color beyond the paint palette comes from the grouping of woven 11
Above: Another dose of color beyond the paint palette comes from the grouping of woven recycled plastic lamps over the dining table. Photograph by Nicholas Worley, courtesy of Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.

Paint

a close match to the green spray paint color used on the birch plywood recess a 12
Above: A close match to the green spray paint color used on the birch plywood recess and MDF cabinets is Little Greene’s Pea Green. Also similar are Little Greene’s Aquamarine and the deeper avocado green of Farrow & Ball’s Yeabridge Green
“the plaster we use comes in a pink tone, then it usually gets skimmed and pa 13
Above: “The plaster we use comes in a pink tone, then it usually gets skimmed and painted. But when we saw the work in progress, we all fell in love with the depth and color, so it was easy to convince our clients to leave it exposed,” says Dumciute. For a similar pink construction plaster, see China Clay from Little Greene or Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground, which is darker and more blush.
the window frames and door are painted pale gray. little greene&#8\2\17;s g 14
Above: The window frames and door are painted pale gray. Little Greene’s Gauze Mid has a similar purplish tone and lightness.

Faucets & Fixtures

the kitchen faucet is the vola 590h faucet in matte black; \$\1,55\2.50 at qual 15
Above: The kitchen faucet is the Vola 590H Faucet in matte black; $1,552.50 at Quality Bath.
for a similar stainless sink to the one set into the custom concrete counter, k 16
Above: For a similar stainless sink to the one set into the custom concrete counter, Kohler’s Strive 32-Inch Under-Mount Double-Equal Sink is $919 at Kohler. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks.

Appliances

most of the appliances are integrated into the green painted mdf cabinets—all 17
Above: Most of the appliances are integrated into the green-painted MDF cabinets—all are from Siemens. Shown here are two Siemens Built-In Single Ovens for £699 each at John Lewis.

Lighting

spanish architect catalán de ocón makes the pet lamps hanging over the kitche 18
Above: Spanish architect Catalán de Ocón makes the PET lamps hanging over the kitchen table from recycled soda bottles. The Eperara-Siapidara Set of Three Lamps is €760 at ACdO. Read more about the project at Fantastic Plastic and At Home with a Master of Recycling in Madrid.
for something similar to the articulating sconce mounted on the ceiling, the ro 19
Above: For something similar to the articulating sconce mounted on the ceiling, the Roanoak Co. Extended Adjustable Articulating Brass Sconce starts at $89. Another option is the OneFortyThree Hardwired Swing Lamp in brass and Sagebrush for $110. (For a replica of the one in the kitchen, consider having part of the light powder-coated to match.)

Furniture

the eames molded plastic dowel leg side chair with a white shell and maple legs 20
Above: The Eames Molded Plastic Dowel Leg Side Chair with a white shell and maple legs starts at $495 from Design Within Reach.
room & board&#8\2\17;s classic parsons style dining table, the andover  21
Above: Room & Board’s classic Parsons-style dining table, the Andover Extension Table, shown in walnut, is $2,499 for the 78-inch size. Another option is the Parsons Walnut Top, Elm Base Dining Table, starting at $1,199 at Crate & Barrel.

Accessories

the lascelles radio controlled wall clock in black is £60 at john lewis. for m 22
Above: The Lascelles Radio Controlled Wall Clock in black is £60 at John Lewis. For more wall clocks, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Simple Kitchen Clocks.
the bloomingville cooper hanging flower pot is in an electroplated copper finis 23
Above: The Bloomingville Cooper Hanging Flower Pot is in an electroplated copper finish. It’s currently on sale for £21 at Wood & Meadow.
For more kitchens coated in color, see our posts:

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