Modern stained oak and grey kitchen


The brief:

Mr and Mrs H were undergoing a complete renovation of their detached home in Chipstead, Surrey, which meant they had to move out of their home while work was underway. For the kitchen, the couple wanted an open plan design that utilised the large room and would allow plenty of light to shine through. As keen cooks, Mr and Mrs H also required ample worktop space and the latest appliances to flex their culinary skills. All this was to be done to a strict deadline so they could move back in as quickly as possible.

The solution:

The couple enlisted Stoneham retailer, RDO Kitchen Studio in Reigate, with kitchen designer Phil Ringwood leading the project. Stoneham’s Strata collection was chosen for all the cabinets in two finishes; dove grey smooth painted units and anthracite oak, dividing the kitchen into defined areas.

One of those areas included the kitchen island in anthracite oak. A main focal point in the room, the island provides a secondary dining option through the integration of a circular raised breakfast bar. Worktop space is generous, with Silestone in Lyra used throughout the kitchen. This was utilised further on the island with a curved cone worktop extension to give a softness to the design, and which provided the extra work surface the owners were looking for.

To ensure the room felt bright and airy, black mirror glass on tall cabinets was added to allow plenty of light to be reflected in the room. The kitchen is also well lit, with recessed LED wall unit lighting and cool white LED worktop lighting.

Other detail includes black and white Zebrano accents which border the top of the cabinets, and tall exposed anthracite oak shelving providing the perfect spot for displaying cookbooks and the owners’ favourite kitchen items.

In keeping with the demand for the latest technology, the clients visited RDO a number of times until a shopping list of appliances was agreed. This included four Miele ovens, a Liebherr fridge and Liebherr freezer with ice maker, Miele induction hob with integral extractor, Quooker Flex tap for instant boiling water, and a wine cooler integrated into the island.

To complete the room, surrounding glass doors open into the couples’ garden, providing further light and views of the outdoors, while a contemporary inset fireplace offers warmth and added luxe to the overall design.

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