Dark blue kitchen with large feature island

Ightham

The brief
Client, Mrs R was looking to reposition the location of the kitchen in her detached, gated family home in the picturesque village of Ightham Kent –an area famous for its historic moated manor house, the Ightham Mote. The new kitchen would be located to the rear of the property with views onto the owners’ landscaped garden, complete with a man-made trout pool. As well as wanting the kitchen to be stylish and functional, the owner wanted a space that her family could enjoy together.


The solution
Having been recommended by the owners’ builder, Mrs R was put in the capable hands of Stoneham designer Philip Haines to develop the perfect family kitchen hub. The furniture was chosen first, Stoneham’s Knole range painted in Farrow and Ball colour – Railings. This deep blue/black hue provides a luxurious finish, contrasting perfectly with the opaque creamy white Quartz Calcatta Nuvo worktops, which feature light cascading grey veins. The worktops perfectly compliment the marble grey flooring.

Taking centre stage in the room and a favourite of both the designer and Mrs R, is the stand-out rectangular kitchen island. Feature units were included at either end, including an electric lift-up 32inch TV perfect for keeping the family entertained. On the opposite side, a wooden slatted lower shelf was integrated allowing the owner to display decorative potted plants. In the centre of the island is an integrated BORA hob with built-in extractor allowing the family to cook while looking out onto their beautiful garden – made possible with bi-fold glass doors spanning two sides of the room.

The light and airy feel of the room is further enhanced with Sensio LED lighting under the main wall units and under the worktops – this provides the ideal ambience in the kitchen, especially when the nights get darker.

Another key feature is the pantry bar with oak dovetail drawers and pocket doors that hide out of sight, so the bar is on full view for the family and guests. Floor to ceiling in height, the unit includes glass shelving for all manner of glassware and the owners’ favourite spirit bottles. The drawers below include specially crafted storage to lay bottles of wine and fizz for those special occasions.

To make the kitchen fully functional, Miele ovens and a Fisher and Paykel American style fridge/freezer were chosen along with a Quooker CUBE tap which provides fil\tered chilled and sparking water alongside boiling, cold and hot water.

Both functional and exquisite, the finished room provides the ideal hub for the family to spend time together in a space that allows them to create many memories for years to come.