And it’s Friday and to celebrate that we’re going to have a look round this 1920s house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, an area of north London which was designed as the perfect suburb with hedges instead of walls, wide tree-lined roads and to cater for all classes and incomes. As you can imagine in north London it no longer caters for all incomes but it is lovely and there’s no harm in having a look.
This is actually a three bedroom apartment on the ground floor of this house and is on the market for £1,100,000 with The Modern House. It was designed by George Coles who later became known for his Art Deco cinema designs, including the Everyman Theatres (Everymen?) in Muswell Hill and Crystal Palace, the Bromley Picturehouse and the Cineworld in Leicester Square.
The property has been recently renovated to create a large sitting room with a bay window on one side while the matching room on the other side has a large kitchen diner. And yes it’s pink. And that’s the main reason we are looking round here today.
There’s endless talk of colourful kitchens (listen out for our take on this on the podcast next week) and we discussed it at the start of the week, but it’s rare to see a pink one. It seems that we aren’t averse to colour in the kitchen but we tend to go bold whereas this pale pink must surely be a less intimidating choice than going full colour?
Is it because it’s pink? Pink has become a gender neutral colour in recent years and the grey ceiling in here offsets it as well. I’m dying to know what you think?
After I saw this I immediately started looking at our open shelves in the kitchen which are painted chocolate brown with a pink back… I haven’t mentioned this to The Mad Husband yet as I suggested pink kitchen chairs on Monday and received a marital veto (doesn’t happen often but when it does…. ) so I might have to bide my time before I suggest this to him.
Would you go for a pink kitchen?
This is the other end of the room facing towards the dining part and it’s all fairly grey and neutral to offset the pink.
Behind these two front rooms are the bedrooms, although as it’s a corner plot they don’t look over the garden which is to the side of the building.
And then there are features like this. Growing up my Grandmother had a small inglenook fireplace which had a couple of stone benches either side. She used them for logs so we could never sit there but these pewlike seats are clearly designed for that purpose.
That said I can also imagine it’s the kind of original feature that you love when you look round and once you’ve moved in you feel like the whole room has to be decorated around them and you might love them a little bit less? I think I’d take the “can’t beat ’em join ’em” approach and paint them a strong colour with lots of cushions and really annouce their presence rather than trying to quieten them down a bit.
The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom while the two other, small, share a family bathroom.
So what do we think? Pink kitchen or no?