This hand-painted, powder blue, shaker style kitchen reflects the growing trend to push kitchens out into the garden or outside space. This project, which also involved a hobby room, cloakroom and home cinema area is a classic among others in that it at least doubles the kitchen space by using a conservatory to bring a large dining room sized outside plot indoors. The resulting well lit room is both a place to prepare meals and a family room for socialising. The colours are Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder Soft Blue and the dark blue walls are painted with Myland’s Maritime. This conjunction of light and dark blues is striking and attractive. With so much said about the popularity of quartz and composite stone worktops these days (not least in this blog) it is refreshing to see Angolan black granite being used on the kitchen work surfaces as well as cinema and bathroom tops and, in the latter, splash-backs.
Miele ovens were selected to go with the Neff induction hob and Fisher Paykal fridge. Hot taps are incredibly popular these days and this client chose a Quooker Pro 3 Fusion tap. We fit a lot of these taps and can certainly back them as today’s must-have accessory moving rapidly towards becoming an essential. Extraction is by another favourite of ours; Elica. Although the large conservatory element of this powder blue kitchen floods it with light we also installed Astro lights on the high wall of conservatory used as up-lighters during the day and keep diners well illuminated in the evening. Recessed down-lighters are adopted in the kitchen cooking area as is almost always the case these days. Blinds are fitted in the hobby room and advanced roof blinds from GS installations are built-in within the double glazing units of the conservatory. Last but not least is arguably the most distinctive element in this kitchen; the multi-coloured slate flooring. Floors are usually discrete decorative elements, blending frequently into the background as a foil for brighter walls and cupboards but here the floor itself is a talking point feature.