H|M Design Notes

Orangery Kitchens

A kitchen orangery extension can transform homes of almost any proportion into a more usable, light and bright space to be celebrated. We have the pleasure of working with many clients who opt to reconfigure their spaces with orangeries designed and manufactured by Westbury Garden Rooms, whose installations work in harmony with our classic contemporary…

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4 Ways to Incorporate a Bench Seat into a Kitchen Design

Bench seating is a subtle refined addition to open plan family kitchen spaces. With the option for additional storage either with a lift up lid or pull-out drawers you can keep all manner of things neat and tidy and out of sight of the main kitchen whilst enjoying 5 minutes of down time with a…

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Cuffs

Offering a hint of warmth and comfort whilst being able to coordinate with natural materials and stronger colours alike, H|M paint colour ‘Cuffs’ is the versatile off-white that is the ultimate ‘new neutral’. ‘Cuffs’ offers earthy, creamy undertones that suits perimeter cabinetry brilliantly in both new builds and renovated period properties. Especially when paired with…

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American Walnut

Walnut is a luxurious wood finish to be truly celebrated for its natural warmth and character; it works well in both classic and contemporary interiors whether it’s specified in a renovated country farmhouse or new London townhouse. American walnut is especially exceptional with polished nickel hardware and to illustrate this beautifully refined wood accent we’ve put…

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Banquette Seating

Banquette seating can be specified in projects of all shapes and sizes and provides an opportunity for informal, comfortable dining in the kitchen when a larger dining table may not be available in the space, or if there’s a formal dining room nearby. Many of our projects feature banquette seating as part of the island…

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Georgian Glazed Screens

This grade II listed Georgian hunting lodge was lovingly restored and altered to fully utilise the available space which now contains a kitchen, a scullery that runs behind and a walk-in pantry. The walk-in pantry is the star of this kitchen show thanks in part to the bespoke Georgian style screens and Georgian door all…

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Caesarstone London Grey

Embracing the architectural Edwardian heritage of the house, this Nickleby kitchen in Barnes Village is now a warm, light, inviting space. With many important aspects to think about when designing a kitchen, worktops may not seem like a priority in the beginning stages of a large scale project. When it came to choosing the worktops…

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Farthing

H|M paint colour ‘Farthing’ is a go-to light grey shade that works in every conceivable space, it doesn’t matter on the shape of size of the room, the light, the architecture, wherever it is used it’s always a resounding success. A shade lighter than paint colour ‘Farthing II’ the two go hand in hand, however…

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Sweep

H|M paint colour ‘Sweep’ has warm hues and earthy tones which creates a softness that works so well in hardworking spaces. The natural tones of this paint colour works particularly well with polished nickel hardware, aged brass hardware and natural limestone flooring that all combine perfectly in a hardworking space. To illustrate this beautifully unique…

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Duffle

A timeless grey with a slightly moody hue, H|M paint colour ‘Duffle’ is a strong but versatile accent colour than can be effortlessly used with lighter and darker tones. ‘Duffle’ is a decadent grey with earthy undertones that lends itself well to classic and contemporary spaces alike and can look cooler or warmer depending on…

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Linen

A warm off white, H|M paint colour ‘Linen’ is free from cool undertones and is reminiscent of a soft, pale light chalk which makes for a perfect neutral on kitchen perimeters and ancillary rooms. When paired with other neutral shades or warm wood finishes like Walnut and Classic oak it creates a sophisticated scheme. Predominantly…

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Bowler Black

Specified predominantly on islands and stanalone pieces in our projects, ‘Bowler Black’ looks sophisticated and sensational when specified with lighter perimeter cabinetry (like ‘Half Windsor‘ for example). Aged brass hardware lends itself particularly well, however ‘Bowler Black’  but looks equally lovely alongside polished nickel, brushed nickel and weathered bronze hardware. To illustrate this beautifully bold…

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Classic Oak

From dog beds to chair legs, our natural oak finish is quite literally the king of classic when it comes to choosing an accent wood for a kitchen and ancillary room spaces. Classic oak is extremely versatile and can be designed into both classic and contemporary projects either as more of a statement piece, like…

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Brolly Blue

Brolly Blue is a softer alternative to Bowler Black and is a nod to the Hamptons / New England white and navy stripe we love so much. The blue undertones of this darker colour transforms a room and works particularly well on islands and (in one case) whole kitchens. Beautiful and grounding ‘Brolly Blue’ has…

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Goose Iron

‘Goose Iron’ is a muted blue shade that harks back to the end of the Georgian era when lighter colours became more fashionable. Perfect for creating ‘moody’ ancillary room spaces, the paint colour conjures a timeless English heritage look and feel. This blue/ grey colour changes depending on the light and shape of the room…

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Lapel

The perfect pairing for both grand interiors and cosy country kitchens, H|M paint colour ‘Lapel’ is a subtle paint choice for any kitchen space. This adaptable and very pale grey shade changes entirely depending on the light and architecture of the room as well as colours and hardware partnered with it. A must for classic…

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Windward

Soft and serene, H|M paint colour ‘Windward’ offers a classic contemporary versatility that works particularly well in renovated country homes and ancillary rooms like boot and utility rooms. This particular shade of grey has chameleon- like qualities and can appear cooler or warmer with blue or green undertones depending on the design and light of…

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Farthing II

The perfect colour when creating a cool colour palette ‘Farthing II’ looks just as incredible on a standalone piece of cabinetry like a prep table or island as it does on an entire kitchen project. The luxurious grey undertone works well in light, open spaces as well as smaller slightly darker rooms – this colour…

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Smithfield Oak

Smithfield weathered oak is a bespoke wood finish developed by Peter Humphrey and the finishing team here at Humphrey Munson. It took the longest R&D of any finish we have created and it’s the most complex finish we offer here at H|M. The oak goes through multiple process to achieve the unique look and finish…

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Half Windsor

Part of the ‘new neutral’ gang, the Half Windsor paint colour is totally understated and extremely versatile. It’s what we would call a warm neutral but it’s not too warm or too creamy which was something we really wanted to capture when specifying this particular colour. ‘Half Windsor’ works in situ with both dark and…

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Berkeley Oak

Berkeley oak is a bespoke finish created by Peter Humphrey and the finishing team at H|M. It has a soft graphite tone that runs through the grain creating an understated and luxurious finish. This finish works so well with painted cabinetry (especially greys like ‘Tailored Grey’ for example) contrasting perfectly and giving a cool calm…

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Tailored Grey

The H|M paint colour ‘Tailored Grey’ is a beautifully balanced and understated soft taupe grey that took many months of R&D to get absolutely perfect. Like every paint colour, it looks so different depending on the light and architecture of the space. Working in perfect contrast with both darker and lighter colours, ‘Tailored Grey’ looks…

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3 quartz alternatives to marble worktops

Marble countertops can be insanely beautiful and truly one of a kind but the surface is porous and high maintenance. If you spill wine, oil, vinegar, spices, lemon juice etc, the marble will stain and it will never go back to how it was before no matter how many DIY poultices you try. As well…

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The House Guest

Country & Town House Podcast

If you’ve not discovered the Country & Town House podcast ‘The House Guest‘ as yet, now is the time. In this series of podcasts, C&TH Interiors Editor Carole Annett chats with experts from the world of interior design and decoration. Peter Humphrey, the Design Director and Founder of Humphrey Munson is the latest House Guest…

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Wolf Built In M Series Contemporary vs Transitional Oven

Navigating the different appliances available can be a little daunting with many options to consider. For built in ovens, we love the precision, functionality and aesthetics of the Wolf ovens. In our Felsted showroom we have the M Series Professional ovens on display and we just love to use this kitchen so you’ll often see…

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How To Plan Your Kitchen Project

The beginning of any project can be a daunting task whether it’s a new kitchen or full scale home renovation. Knowing where to begin and what to have in mind is essential for our clients at H|M so to help you plan your project, Peter Humphrey (Design Director & Founder of H|M) and Louisa Eggleston…

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Manoir Limestone Flooring

Natural limestone flooring adds a luxurious feel to homes of all shapes and sizes whether they are classic, contemporary or a mix of the two. When it comes to choosing which stone is perfect for such spaces, we love the Manoir limestone. The warm honey like hues of the stone create the ideal base for…

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Designing cabinetry into your sitting room

At Humphrey Munson it’s not just about kitchens (well it’s mostly about kitchens) but we also design cabinetry for ancillary rooms of all shapes and sizes, including TV cabinetry which is becoming ever popular in both large open plan living spaces and cosy living rooms. We love what well designed TV cabinetry can bring to…

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Events with Sub Zero & Wolf

We are so excited to announce that from 2020, we will be launching a series of events with SubZero & Wolf, hosted here in Felsted Essex, in our newly refurbished showrooms. The events will include live cooking demos using the Wolf M Series main oven and steam oven as well as cooking on the induction…

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Staub

White Truffle

We are so delighted to share Staub’s newest colour addition to their already impressive cookware collection – White Truffle. Drawing inspiration from the white truffle fungi, affectionately known as the ‘diamond of the kitchen’, Staub’s newest colour is the perfect addition to both classic and contemporary kitchens and interiors. The new finish is rich and…

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