White and walnut open plan kitchen


The brief

Mr and Mrs Crocker wanted a functional, minimalist and timeless open-plan kitchen that would suit their busy family life. With two sons and a daughter living at home in their four-bedroom house in Exeter, a practical kitchen was very important as well as space to entertain friends and family.

The solution

The couple approached Bradburys of Exeter to deliver their dream kitchen. Designer Mike Richards was appointed to lead the project and worked closely with the builders from the outset to ensure the kitchen was created to the exact specification.

For one side of the L-shaped kitchen, Mr and Mrs Crocker opted for Stoneham Kitchens’ Infinity collection for the cabinets in a high-gloss white for a contemporary feel. Stoneham’s Ambience collection in a Walnut veneer was chosen for the remainder of the kitchen doors to add depth and contrast. For a touch of decadence, Silestone worktops in the shade Blanco Maple, and a glass Deco Glaze splashback in Oyster provide a sleek and minimalist look. Additionally, and to finish off the furniture, a unique framework was added, bordering the units to create a ‘floating’ appearance.

Taking centre stage in the room is a large island with breakfast bar which provides the family with the perfect space to spend quality time together, while creating a nice link between the kitchen and dining area. Built into the island is an open shelf, allowing the Crockers to display ornamental items which are enhanced by LED lighting below the wooden worktops. This lighting is continued throughout the kitchen to illuminate the space.

To allow the family to cook together, the latest kitchen technology was installed. This includes an integrated Miele master cool refrigerator and Siemens oven, a BORA hob which takes its place in the kitchen island for a streamlined surface and a Quooker Flex Tap, a boiling-water and mixing tap in-one with a child-proof handle.

The completed design provides the functionality the Crockers needed to create a modern family kitchen. Elegant units provide the perfect backdrop for the luxurious and glamourous soft furnishings and accessories that are used in the open plan kitchen and dining area in keeping with the style of the owners’ home.