We have helped create a sociable home for family living which reflects our clients love of classic contemporary design.
‘It has always been our dream to build, and with three growing children we really needed the space. We’d been living above our bar and restaurant and had been looking for a number of years, researching what we’d do with the layout and style when we finally got to design our dream home.’
Once the couple were at the early planning stages of their build, they visited various kitchen showrooms before making the easy decision to go with us at Dorans Kitchen & Home. ‘Dorans customer service really set them apart. Kitchen Designer, Jordan (Price), listened to what we had in mind, taking everything into consideration while also adding to his own design features, which have made the kitchen even more unique to us. By our second meeting, Jordan had the design in place. His vision totally captured us; from that initial design, there were only minor tweaks made, where we talked over the colour choices.’
With the open plan kitchen designed as the core of the ground floor layout, the couple wanted to achieve a contemporary yet timeless scheme that would compliment the style of their spacious new home - ‘We wanted the kitchen to be the hub of the house with clean lines, no curves and a contemporary finish. We looked at Décor Magazine for ideas and loved the idea of a muted grey colour scheme.’
Choosing colours Cornforth White for the majority of the cabinetry and Railings as a contrast tone on the island, Nicola and Paul have continued warm grey tones into their soft furnishings to give their kitchen, dining and living spaces a harmonious sense of flow. Maximising the generous expanse of wall, Jordan Price has designed a series of bespoke cabinetry to house a double larder, integrated larder fridge and further storage surrounding the hob and mantel.
And for a truly seamless finish, the perfectly proportioned cabinetry has been finished with coving to meet the ceiling for a classic built-in and luxurious look. Offsetting this tall furniture housing, a midi-height section furnishes the other wall, accessorised with walnut floating shelving to match the breakfast bar and cabinetry internals. Designed with a stepped plinth, this has a casual freestanding appearance, which is effective in balancing the solid built-in cabinetry and substantial island.
‘I didn’t want to have to reach or stoop down to the oven so this mid height is just perfect. It was Jordan’s idea to add to the shelving along with the mirror and lighting, which is a lovely feature reflecting light around the space.’ Another carefully considered and hugely effective addition to the scheme is the double larder. ‘Jordan used the space underneath the stairs which led to the mezzanine level as a walk-in larder, which is fantastic! This gives us so much space for food storage and there’s room for the toaster and other breakfast items, so it keeps the worktop tidy.’
An intelligently balanced scheme, this sociable family kitchen is extremely stylish and functional. ‘We’re delighted with our new kitchen and how the space works for us as a busy family. The island and breakfast bar is so handy – the kids sit up there in the mornings having breakfast and everything is so close to hand in the larder. I love the colours too and the walnut is a beautiful addition.
If you’ve been impressed by this case study, and would be interested in discussing ideas with our designers at Dorans Kitchen & Home, now one of the leading kitchen suppliers in the UK and Ireland, you can contact us on (028) 30 848917.
Bespoke in-frame Shaker cabinetry with bevelled panel in Farrow & Ball Cornforth White with Railings on the island.