Modern grey kitchen with show-stopping island

Warlingham, Surrey

The brief:
As the director of their own electrical company, the owner of this roomy, detached split-level home in Warlingham, was seeking to create a kitchen with a spark! The vision was to blend modern, angular design with clever functionality, with a specific request for the incorporation of a large island to serve as the focal point for entertainment.

The solution:
Surrey-based kitchen retailer and Stoneham Kitchens dealer, RDO Kitchen Studio, made this dream kitchen into a reality. The setting was a large and open-plan space, complete with a sprawling skylight which allows through plenty of natural light.

Two Stoneham ranges were chosen to create a complementary contrast; Mode in Anthracite Oak and Infinity Cashmere.

With a textured oak grain in the on-trend shade of dark grey, Mode adds warmth to the high-gloss, sleek silhouette of Infinity, and creates a beautifully balanced and modern kitchen. A large expanse of floor-to-ceiling cabinets in Anthracite Oak are skilfully divided up with a single strip of Cashmere, gloss-finish cupboards, enhancing the overall linear aesthetic. Directly underneath, a silver metallic glass splashback provides a sophisticated backdrop for food prep and kitchen clean-up.

The generous proportions of the room gave scope to introduce big and bold features, such as the show-stopping kitchen island. Crafted in Anthracite Oak Mode, the island is fitted with a seamless white Corian worktop which flows into downstands at each end. As well as a flush-fitted hob, the island also features integrated storage and a wine cooler for easy entertaining.

Mirroring the straight lines and right angles of the rectangular island, the installation of a Miele state-of-the-art ceiling extractor fan directly above the island efficiently removes cooking odours – an essential feature for the open plan layout. Other technological touches include the latest combination microwave and steam Siemens ovens, integrated cool white LED worktop lighting and SLS cool white LED downlights.

With clever finishing touches such as black mirror panelling on the fridge and freezer doors, and a 3-layer cabinet cornice in Zebrano, the result is a strikingly simple and modern kitchen, with a subtle design twist.