Traditional creamy white kitchen with stunning multi-height island
The owners of this grand home in Surrey, Mr and Mrs H, wanted a kitchen design which matched the impressive architecture of the building. They wanted to use the space to its full potential, making the room both practical and comfortable by incorporating the latest technology and a variety of seating areas. While they desired a fresh, modern look, they also wanted the design to reflect existing features and not lose the traditional feel of the property.
To make their dream kitchen a reality, Mr and Mrs H enlisted the help of our Head of Design, Duncan Brown. Utilising the Stoneham Scotney range, creamy white Mussel tones were introduced throughout the design, providing a warm and welcoming feel. This is complimented by the Walnut accents mainly used on the interior of the drawers, while also remaining visible through the glass panes of the overhead cabinets. The solid Blanco Eclipse countertops contribute to the luxurious feel Mr and Mrs H were looking for, which is enhanced by the elegant cornices and detailing used throughout, all while maintaining a traditional touch. The look is beautifully completed using Milled Satin Brass handles and Sensio under-surface LED lighting strips.
The standout feature of this kitchen is the large T-shaped island, with the bulkhead detail matching that of the ceiling, unifying the entire space. In addition to the sheer size of the island, the varying plinth heights immediately draw the eye to the centre of the kitchen, as well as divide the island for easier organisation when cooking and dining. It incorporates several unique elements; the top of the ‘T’ includes an open pot rack which is both tasteful and easy to access, as well as a practical Quooker tap and a hob, saving more space for cabinetry elsewhere in the kitchen. The island also features a breakfast bar with seating for four people, a wine fridge and built-in champagne cooler sure to leave any guests in awe.
The unique features aren’t only exclusive to the kitchen island though. One of the aspects Mr and Mrs H were keen to keep from the original traditional design was the serving hatch to the dining room. The solution was to use a multi-functional piece of cabinetry which not only provides storage, but also grants access to and conceals the serving hatch. The built-in microwave and coffee machine are also hidden behind vertical bi-fold doors. With everyone spending more time indoors, Stoneham’s new charging drawer – featuring four USB sockets – is another greatly practical addition to the kitchen. These drawers will keep any electronic devices powered throughout the day, while cleverly hiding any messy-looking wires when they’re not in use.
While this kitchen wasn’t without its challenges, Mr and Mrs H now have the most comprehensive design and specification they required. The luxury feel created by the scale of the room and the level of detail is in keeping with the rest of the property. While the grand island is at the heart of this, smaller, yet equally impressive additions, like the Kaelo champagne cooler, further enhance the luxury. This is all achieved while the kitchen remains completely practical by incorporating smart features such as the charging drawer and Quooker tap. By making the most of existing elements, like the serving hatch, the tradition of the property has also been maintained.
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