1. Match materials
Barratt-Campbell favours texture and a muted colour palette, and uses the same finishes in her kitchens as she does on her living room sofas and coffee tables. This makes for a smooth transition from one area to the other. ‘Historically, kitchens have been hard and utilitarian,’ she says. ‘There’s no softness. Yet the way we live now means the kitchen is an extension of the living room, and it seems silly to reserve all those beautiful materials for a formal space you hardly use.’
2. Play with light and dark
Barratt-Campbell’s kitchens can be light (she’s experimenting on a white one in her new house) or dark, or both. She combines dark wood with stainless steel, aluminium with brass. ‘It’s like mixing gold, silver and rose-gold jewellery. There used to be rules, but now there aren’t any.’ This kitchen by Barratt-Campbell’s, produced under her brand FBC, comes in dark wood veneers, rich marbles and bronze, with cupboards dipped in resin or painted in a high gloss, and handles handmade in antique brass.
3. Keep everything behind closed doors
Pots and pans displayed rustic-farmhouse style are a no-no. There is space for everything to be hidden away. Barratt has abandoned low-level cupboards ‘as you can never reach anything at the back of them’, in favour of 120cm-wide drawers in solid oak. Specially designed drawers and pullout racks hold olive oils, herbs and spices. All utensils are stored in generous cutlery drawers; Gaggenau fridges, freezers and wine coolers take care of the rest.
Fiona Barratt-Campbell in the luxe-meets industrial kitchen at her new HQ in London
4. Get lighting right
Barratt-Campbell uses four lighting systems to change mood and create zones. Task lighting takes the form of spots; LEDs on the undersides of high-level cupboards throw soft pools of light on luxurious work surfaces; a statement pendant lights up the dining table, and ‘accent’ lighting (table, floor or wall lights) pulls both areas together.
5. Accessorise carefully
Accessories can enhance or diminish the space: ‘Everything from the fruit bowls to the tea towels must be right.’ Barratt-Campbell loves cutlery by Portuguese firm Cutipol, antique linen napkins, coloured glass vases from Lalique, and works by upcoming artists at www.newbloodart.com. The designer favours appliances by Electrolux Grand Cuisine: ‘They’re amazing. They make you want to cook. You can freeze-dry raspberries in seconds and chill a bottle of Champagne in less than 30 minutes, which is fab!’ she laughs.
www.fbc-london.com, www.fionabarrattinteriors.com. Photographs by Angela Moore
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