A little while ago I visited Hawksmoor’s Spitalfields bar and I loved it. My adoration was born of three things: that chilli dog, those cocktails and its opulent, speakeasy-inspired interior.
Despite the fact I was supposed to out having a good time and not daydreaming about my BK blog, something weird happened; I started to think about how many fabulous ideas you could take from it to fashion a unique kitchen…
Created by Macaulay Sinclair, this space located in the bowels of a building in Spitalfields feels anything but gloomy. Look at the way the jewel-like aqua tiles and riveted copper-sheet cladding illuminates nooks and crannies.
On the floor, herringbone wood adds warmth to the shimmering surfaces and anchors the look, while along one wall a patchwork of beautiful antique mirrors is a great idea for a splashback.
A braver (and richer) soul than I would seek to completely replicate the Hawksmoor style in their own home, but it has made me look at surfaces afresh and I’ve found some great ways to get some glamour in a slightly more low-key format.
These new Metropolis mosaic tiles, for example, from Trend GB are partly made from recycled glass and bring plenty of glitz without requiring that you copper-plate your kitchen.
Or give a metallic sheen to cabinetry: these textured stainless-steel units look great with Metro-style tiles and a wood floor. It’s a clever way to stop a dark space feeling gloomy.
Still a bit too much? Simply get that rich copper effect with elegant pendants, for just a sprinkling of glamour.
Grey can be luxe, too, with iridescent tiles and hot pink fabric giving a look that’s anything but boring.
But the ultimate in shimmering style has to be this brass-panelled island. I love the way the rest of the materials allow this golden unit to shine, bringing a glamorous gleam to a basement space.