Blue coastal inspired kitchen with rattan and wicker décor


The brief
Mrs Sleap, the owner of a detached seafront property in Sandgate, Folkestone Kent was looking for a new kitchen that would be sympathetic to the picturesque coastal location of the property. The owner wanted the space to be welcoming and relaxing, taking inspiration from the look and feel of a traditional bright beach hut.

The solution
Having had a Stoneham Kitchen before, and impressed by the quality, Mrs Sleap wanted her new kitchen to be of the same craftsmanship. She therefore approached kitchen designer Philip Haines at Stoneham Kitchens for her second kitchen project.

To get the natural feel of the beachfront, the owner opted for Stoneham’s Bewl range with in-frame flush doors, finished in a rustic oak enhanced grain and painted in Crown’s Starry Host – a sea inspired shade of blue. In contrast to the deep ocean blue hue, part of the kitchen cupboards were finished in Crown Mussel – a soft cream tone.

Caesarstone Vanilla Noir worktops provide a dramatic base colour merging black, beige and vanilla veins, which sit on the main run of blue cabinets to enhance the depth of textures. Most striking, is the wooden SPEKVA Brasilica Safari river washed, white oil worktop used for the centre kitchen island, as well as two large floating shelves positioned above the sinks and main worktop. The warmth of the timber perfectly evokes the natural touch of driftwood found on shores. To top off the shelving, the owner’s display of rustic potted plants bring an element of the outdoors inside.

For storage, the cupboards include beautifully-crafted dovetail oak drawer boxes. Haines also made clever use of the space with the inclusion of deep bi-fold worktop dresser units to provide ample storage. At the end of the kitchen island, a slatted lower shelf was integrated allowing the owner to display her favourite wicker baskets.

Incorporated in the design were the latest technological touches with Miele the preferred supplier.  Appliances include a Miele Pureline single oven, steam oven and a 2 Zone induction hob complete with Teppanyaki grill and downdraft. The owner also chose a Miele dishwasher and MasterCool 30” fridge freezer, not forgetting a wine cooler integrated into the island, perfect for Mrs Sleap to pour herself a crisp glass of wine on a summer’s day.

To complete the overall beach inspired look, the use of rattan pendant lights over the island, wicker chairs and stools add a natural décor contributing to the fresh and bright space of the coastal themed kitchen, which the owner can now enjoy in the peaceful setting overlooking the English Channel.


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