When Daniel and Leonie approached us, they were in the process of creating the home of their dreams. They had recently purchased a beautiful, detached house in Bromley, Kent, and asked us to help them create a classic and elegant kitchen.
While preferring a traditional style, Daniel and Leonie were keen to blend this with the latest technologies. They wanted the perfect kitchen to cook, relax and entertain in.
We constructed Leonie and Daniel’s kitchen from fully bespoke, shaker-style cabinets. For extra interest and a classic look we added our “mallow” beading around the recessed central panel.
Rather than go for a vintage style with in-frame doors, we opted for more contemporary frameless doors, in which we installed soft-close mechanisms.
We built the cabinets in Winchester Oak MFC with solid ash doors, painting them in Farrow & Ball Charleston Gray. This is a very warm grey and gives the room an inviting feel.
The worktops, upstands and hob splashback are in cream with white veining – exquisite Bianco Stratus quartz. As well as a beautiful addition to the kitchen, this stone is exceptionally hardwearing and helps to reflect light around the room.
Traditional design, modern appliances
Leonie and Daniel were keen to incorporate the best possible appliances into their new kitchen, particularly to help them cook for guests.
We installed a BORA hob with its integrated extractor, which was ducted so all moisture and cooking odours are vented outside. And the low volume of the fan means that, when it’s on, they can still talk to guests with ease.
Dual, eye-level Siemens ovens provide ample space for preparing dishes for any number of guests. Each has a warming drawer below it.
The kitchen is semi open plan – it has an internal wall dividing it from the dining and lounge areas, but with a wide opening rather than a doorway. This maintains the spacious, open plan flow between the rooms.
We carefully designed the layout of the kitchen to make it easy for Daniel and Leonie to cook and relax. The ovens/hob, sink and fridge are positioned along three different sides of the room, creating a classic “triangle” of appliances for ease of access.
The kitchen island provides a seating area, keeping guests out of the way of the chef, while still allowing them to chat. It even has a pop-up socket tower in the worktop, perfect for charging phones or when they need a little extra worktop space.
On the other side of the kitchen’s internal wall we fitted a sumptuous bar unit to accompany the main dining area. This allows guests to help themselves to drinks, without getting in the way of the cooking.
Open glass shelving gives easy access to drinks, with an attractive, vintage styled mirror behind it.
Either side are lit cabinets for glassware. And there’s even a handy tap and small, undermounted sink to provide fresh water.
Attention to detail
The detailing is what really makes this kitchen wonderful.
We used an ogee profile for the cabinet cornices, worksurface edges and skirting. This gives the design an ornate feel.
Corner posts anchor the island unit and demarcate different sections of the room. These are fluted to complement the elaborate detailing elsewhere.
The polished nickel cup handles blend traditional style with modern materials and set off the grey paint beautifully.
And, of course, the chandelier completes the design in a fabulously flamboyant way!
The final result
Daniel and Leonie’s kitchen is a gorgeous fusion of the classic and contemporary. It should give them years of pleasure, whether cooking for themselves or entertaining guests.
We can create beautiful, bespoke kitchens in Bromley of any style – from country-cottage traditional to ultra-modern. We work throughout the area with recent installations of bespoke kitchens in Orpington, Biggin Hill, Chislehurst and Dartford. Pop into our showroom for a taster of how we could transform your kitchen, or call us on 01959 53 22 33 to discuss your project.