Dove grey kitchen with granite surfaces in Victorian townhouse


The brief:

Property developers, Francis Louis Residential, were restoring an impressive 3,000 square feet, bay-fronted, Victorian townhouse, formerly a care home, set in a pretty crescent, just a short walk from Exeter city centre and the university. They wanted a grand statement kitchen, in keeping with the traditional style of the property, with ample space for cooking and entertaining.

The solution:

Francis Louis Residential instructed Stoneham Kitchens retailer, Bradburys Exeter, to design a kitchen fit for the grandeur of this five-bedroom home.

Taking inspiration from the townhouses in London’s garden squares, furniture was chosen from Stoneham’s Knole collection with inframe doors painted in an on-trend Dove Grey for the main kitchen cabinets. Storage is generous including a stunning wooden pantry unit, with drawers with scooped handles and spice racks fitted to the upper door.  Sutton Ambrosia Granite worktops are used throughout to contrast against the light grey, adding a modern twist to the classic furniture style.

The wedge-shaped island and breakfast bar is the kitchens stand-out feature, perfectly designed to match the slanted shape of the room. In Stoneham’s Knole collection the island is finished in a contemporary Hague Blue shade differentiating itself from the main kitchen cupboards. Sitting on top is an inset double Belfast sink with a state-of-the-art Quooker Flex boiling tap; an example of just one of the modern features that make this kitchen the height of luxury living.

The designer paid particular attention to incorporating the latest modern integrated technologies including a Neff double oven with microwave, fridge and dishwasher, pull-out plug socket seamlessly hidden in the island, as well as a LG Smart TV suspended from the ceiling complete with ceiling speakers.

Ample daylight is let into the kitchen through the stunning double-glazed wooden French doors and sash window, overlooking a delightful rear garden, and additional LED lighting provides the ideal ambience under the units when cooking and entertaining guests.

One of the most innovative design features of the kitchen is the way that it makes use of the large chimney breast. Rather than work around this, the designer utilised the area to create an elegant and minimalist space for food preparation, with a Rangemaster Elise dual cooker in slate grey and hidden Westin Cache remote controlled extractor hood. The chimney area is finished with a stunning oversized mantle shelf, which is both a functional and an eye-catching design feature, elevating the Victorian grandeur style carried through the property.

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