If you are looking for inspiration for a remodel, the first step is to choose a kitchen style that matches not just the period and architecture of your home, but also the tone of the rest of your interior design. The classic Shaker kitchen design with a contemporary twist met the client’s brief while also remaining sympathetic to the grandeur and style of the property.'
Farmhouse kitchen wall decor is typically subtle, but here it is pared right back to muted colors that rely on contrast for impact.
Antique bronze handles from Buster & Punch (opens in new tab) help to ground the design, creating an interesting contrast to the sleek white surfaces. 'Kitchen storage is key, however, wall-to-wall cabinets can often look bulky and make the space feel enclosed. Open kitchen shelving is a great solution – not only does it offer more storage, but it allows you to display their collection of crockery, ceramics, and art.
The owner displays a collection of modern ceramics and tableware making this Classic kitchen feel more contemporary. In this kitchen, the client chose to go with industrial-style cluster spotlights that, whilst being practical, also serve an aesthetic purpose by bringing a modern edge to an otherwise classic design. These harsh industrial materials are offset by the natural stone, wood detailing, and calming white walls which bring a softness.'
Kitchens have so many hard surfaces – stone, tiles, metal appliances – that result in an undesirable echo.
It’s important to think about ways in which this can be countered, such as integrating wood and soft furnishings that will help absorb sound. 'The function of LED lighting inside cabinetry is primarily to make life easier when searching for items in the cabinet, however it’s also useful for creating ambience.
When having guests for dinner one can dim ceiling lights allowing a warm glow to radiate from within the cabinetry. Multiple cooking areas, a separate drinks' fridge and breakfast area, two sinks for the main dishwashing zone, and another preparation sink on the island were all designed to function well for a busy family and for entertaining guests.
'The central island helps create a flow around the space, while providing bar seating for guests to chat with the host whilst they prepare and cook food.
On the adjacent wall, a standalone bi-folding breakfast cabinet keeps functional gadgets and appliances tucked away out of sight, but when open it creates a beautiful oak contrast. For example, the main elevation showcases the Aga and has symmetrical cabinetry and a simple contemporary mantel above – a beautiful focal point for those seated at the island.' It means that the options are (relatively) limitless, opening up a world of choice that results in more adventurous and individual designs.