Kitchen of the Week: An Unexpected Palette in a Custom Kitchen Designed by Inglis Hall

Recently, our Remodelista friend Megan Wilson tipped us off to Inglis Hall, a new-to-us kitchen maker based in East Sussex, England. The company was founded in 2013 by woodworker Toby Hall, who over the course of a two-year residential project that involved 10 carpenters building the frame, the kitchen, and all the wardrobes (basically every woodworking element in the house), discovered that he had a knack for combining traditional cabinet-making with contemporary design.

Today, Inglis Hall continues to create bespoke timber features for every room of the house, from staircases to closets, but it’s their kitchens that interest us—in particular, this one set in a grand 17th-century Queen Anne manor house on the rural outskirts of Lewes. The clients “are a large, very social family with multiple generations under one roof, and with many relatives and friends visiting on almost constant rotation. The kitchen is a hub of activity and certainly the most crucial space in this residence, with rarely less than a dozen for dinner each night,” says Peter Spence, Inglis Hall’s head of design.

“We were keen to produce a design that was sympathetic and fitting for the property, and yet truly represented the individual character of our clients,” he continues.

We think they nailed it. While the cabinets and materials are traditional, the palette chosen for the room—a surprising mix of drabware hues and bright dashes of color—feels fresh and full of personality.

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Photography by Leigh Simpson, courtesy of Inglis Hall.

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Above: Aside from the impeccably crafted cabinets, it’s the color palette chosen for the space that stands out. “We worked with our good friend Simon Marchand, from Marchand Son here in Lewes, for all of the paints on this project,” says Peter. “On the walls we chose ‘Prosthetic Limb,’ with ‘Beige by Any Other Name’ for the main kitchen cabinets and the island, and then ‘That Guy Will Never Make It Selling Those Shoes’ for the large walk-in larder and the sideboard. Finally, there was ‘Smart Tony,’ which was used in high gloss for the window frames and doors leading off from the kitchen.”

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Above: The stools are from Inglis Hall’s Laine’s Collection, their first furniture collection. “The stools come in band-sawn English oak or a range of hand-painted colors to order. On this occasion, color was appropriate!” says Peter. “The narrow slots next to the refrigerator house a series of dovetailed oak trays for sending snacks and meals out to the lawn or throughout the house.”

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