Summarised as 'soulless and sterile', it comprised glossy white units sitting on top of laminate wooden flooring, creating a space that was more cold than cool.
"Sam and Lewis were very clear about what they wanted to do with the space," says designer Jonathan Wood, who worked with them to transform the kitchen. "They wanted it to be clean, modern and dark - they're fond of dramatic colours, and had been collecting inspiration online for a while." The project in a nutshell
The property: A Georgian townhouse in Brockley, south east London
With the rest of the house already washed in warm, welcoming shades of inky grey and blue, the couple's plan was to extend the aesthetic across to the kitchen (with delicious, deep Jaguar Green the key colour of choice), whilst still maintaining the original 19th century features of the property.
The brief was pretty clear to the Inspired Design Kitchens team - who were recommended to the couple by a friend - although there was one slight concern.
"The age of the property was a worry," admits Jonathan. "You never know what you might find when you remove an old kitchen..."
All was well although Sam and Lewis do advise factoring in extra time for unforeseen issues, such as damp.
Marble-effect porcelain worktops from CRL Stone (Ceralsio Porcelain in Calcatta Gris, to be precise) provided a beautiful contrast to the dark colours on the walls and cabinetry.
The worktops are a definite stand-out detail in the space, with Jonathan explaining: "At 15mm thick, it's incredibly robust and looks very stylish. I think the end result is true to the period of the property in terms of colour, yet looks totally up-to-date."
Jonathan recommends having a colour concept in mind before beginning a kitchen redesign; "have that in mind before you approach a designer," he adds, "and work together to create the space. Allow yourself plenty of time for the project, from the preparation through to the fitting".
Concludes Sam: "we bought this house for its wonky lines and original features. What we've added strengthens its character, whether that's by contrast or similarity. We can finally say that includes the kitchen."
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Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (Instagram, not coffee), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.