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Kitchen Intel

Renowned interior designer Monica Damonte shares her advice for creating a striking kitchen

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Kitchen Intel
Kitchen Intel

With its palette of charred grey, petrol blues and burnished bronze, the home of interior designer Monica Damonte may be the most unconventional one on the Riviera. In the kitchen, Tom Dixon ‘Fan’ dining chairs and a Baxter ‘Guggie’ light complement the arresting space, which was designed by Monica herself.

She shares with H&G her kitchen intel for maximising a small space.

Maximise on space in a small kitchen with a careful approach to design elements: recessed handles, uniform use of colour and cabinetry that hides appliances will create a sleek, seemingly capacious space.

If the kitchen and dining areas occupy the same space, consider using the same materials and design motifs in both to blend them into one, multifunctional room.

Reserve task lighting only for times when it’s needed; otherwise low-hanging ambient lights, such as pendants, will create a cocooning effect that elevates the kitchen above being an exclusively utilitarian space.

Tour Monica’s glamorous St Tropez home in our August issue – an ode to inspiring kitchen designs and innovative interiors.

Photography Valentina Sommariva