Cashmere and Midnight Blue Kitchen
Our clients live close to our showroom and popped by when they were planning to extend their home. The kitchen was to stay in the existing area and the extension was to house an open plan dining and living area. They liked our Rotpunkt display – it’s colours and textures – and appreciated the quality of the product. It was great to have such a clear starting point. Our clients were embraced the mix and match look which combined handled and handle-less elements. Our couple both have out-going personalities and it was clear the kitchen would be used for entertaining friends and family.
We put an initial design together and had to work hard to persuade our clients to move away from their existing layout which had a narrow island. We thought that a design with a peninsular would suit the space much better. We convinced our clients by producing 3d images showing both options. Our clients were fully committed to the peninsular design once they were satisfied that they would not be compromising on worktop space. We also showed a design with units that went around a corner which linked the kitchen area to the new extension. This provided flow from the existing space to the new.
The positioning of the fridge and ovens was also reviewed. We thought the design looked more balanced with the ovens on the back wall. We again had to show our clients the visuals with the ovens and fridge swapped around to convince them of our design. We consulted our clients about they wanted the American-style fridge/freezer to be built in. We advised them to go for a semi-fitted look in which the sides and hinges of the fridge/freezer were hidden but the sides of the doors were visible. We felt a fully-fitted look would look imposing and narrow the walk-way into the kitchen as the units would have to be pulled forward.
Our clients’ completed kitchen is a beautiful kitchen which combines Kashmir and Midnight Blue units, wood finish panels and handrails and a couple of different handles to create a harmonious finished look. The worktop choice is unfussy and neutral which does not compete with the bold colours and textures in the rest of the kitchen. Our clients’ choice of herringbone flooring complements the wood finish used in the kitchen. Appliances, sink and tap. It is fantastically practical lots of storage including a drawer larder and a pull-out larder.
The fitting went as planned but did require on last minute adjustment. We had to swap the position of the open shelf unit and the unit which should have been under it. This was to hide the heating manifold which had ended up in a slightly different position to what had been planned. Our clients added an open wall unit on the hob wall as they felt this would needed another unit. They also chose a glass splashback with a printed ‘kinetic’ image. This picks up on the blue colour of the kitchen and brings it into the hob and sink side which is predominantly Kashmir. The kitchen has an informal look which suits our family well and reflects their personality. They wanted something a bit different and I feel we achieved the right balance in creating a kitchen that is individual while also being stylish.