As with many of our kitchens, this one may at first glance look quite simple, but we are always aware of the importance of symmetry and balance in any of our designs. It’s not just a matter of fitting in as many cupboards and appliances as required, it’s about making the layout work harmoniously within the kitchen space. It’s also vital that the island and perimeter cupboards are evenly spaced and positioned to look pleasing to the eye from all angles.
We felt that this kitchen space had two clearly defined aspects – looking from the entrance straight through to the spectacular Crittal windows opening into the garden, and secondly, looking from the range cooker, over the island and down towards the dining table and family/TV area. Our focus then became balancing cabinetry and appliances along these viewpoints.
It’s often a good idea to place the sink and cooking area opposite each other, as we’ve done here. The range cooker has its own alcove, with serving and prep surfaces on either side. The sink is opposite, meaning that whoever is cooking doesn’t have to walk around or across the kitchen when juggling sieves and colanders, they can simply turn around on the spot and be right in front of the sink.
Our personal favourite feature in this kitchen include the choice of dark grey ‘Scree’ paint finish from Little Greene for the island colour – it works brilliantly with the steel window frames, log burner, steel range cooker and wine cooler. Overall, the scheme has touches of warmth added via the natural wood finishes of the dining and console tables, and the neutral tones of the porcelain floor tiles. For more pics and details, see our Gallery section here.