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            A Black Kitchen Makeover With Vikki

            With a penchant for dark decors, cosmetic clinician, Vikki McCallum, was instantly drawn to the sultry and sophisticated aesthetic of the Dark Drama trend. Known for its ability to create a statement look, its ethos of using texture to create a sensory space gave Vikki the confidence to design a family-friendly and fashion-forward interior. Discover how Howdens helped her adapt this expressive look to suit her home.


            About Vikki

            Interior enthusiast and manager of a cosmetics clinic, Vikki McCallum, has been slowly updating her Bournemouth home over the last three years to suit her personal taste. A lover of dark and moody designs, she has given her kitchen a dramatic overhaul with charcoal cupboard doors in a classic shaker style.

            The transformation

            The design details

            Vikki McCallum

            “Creating a design that was both stylish and low-maintenance was important to me, which is why I chose quartz worktops. They have a luxe look and are hardwearing, making them a worthwhile investment.”

            Working with Howdens

            Finding a fitter

            Vikki was recommended a specialist kitchen fitter who was professional and had lots of experience of working with Howdens. Having an expert on board gave Vikki the confidence that her new design would be installed exactly to her requirements. For help finding a trade professional, contact your local depot.

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            Product choice

            Vikki searched for months to find a kitchen that matched her dramatic style, so she was pleased that the wide selection at Howdens made it easy to find a darker design. She finally settled on our Fairford doors, which have a grained finish and come in a variety of shades, including graphite and charcoal.

            Design service

            With her mind set on an open layout, Vikki and her designer discussed several ways they could keep the space looking both stylish and clutter-free. Her designer planned in integrated cleaning devices, which add sleek functionality and ensure her dark cabinetry remains in the spotlight.

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            Thanks to her local depot, which was fully stocked with all the items she needed, Vikki’s kitchen was fitted within a five-day deadline. Her trade professional's expertise meant the installation was carried out to a high standard even with limited time, leaving Vikki delighted with her new space.

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            Chrome tap

            Vikki decided to choose a faucet in a bright metal, like chrome, to punctuate the dark decor and add an eye-catching contrast. The pale tone also helps prevent the scheme from looking too intense, while the swan-neck style of this fixture gives a subtle nod the heritage roots of this trend.

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            Undermount sink

            Vikki knew the bold palette had to be the focus of her scheme, as it would create the intimate atmosphere that Dark Drama designs are known for. She chose discreet features, like an undermount sink-bowl, which could be fitted beneath her work area to keep the attention on her charcoal doors.

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            Cutlery tray

            Cutlery trays

            As well as suiting Vikki’s need for an organised space, the cutlery trays make her layout more practical by keeping her utensils close to hand – great when she is getting her dining area ready for entertaining. They also tie in with the functional ethos of this human-centred interior style.

            Integrated dishwasher

            High-tech machines are a staple in Dark Drama schemes, so Vikki included a cleaning device in her layout. Making light work of dirty dinnerware, this equipment also has an integrated style, which can be hidden behind cupboards for a discreet look, so the bold shade remains front and centre of the design.

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            Vikki McCallum

            “I honestly could not have asked for more from Howdens and my designer. The local service meant they were in contact with me throughout the whole process, and they made sure everything went smoothly.”

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