Case Studies 12.09.16 Contemporary

Contoured Contrast

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Contoured Contrast

When the couple came to Eamon after hearing great reports about Dorans Kitchen and Home they quickly set to work about how to bring all their ideas together. 'Two of the main things we had seen and wanted to feature in the kitchen was built-in booth seating and full height cabinetry to meet the ceiling with cornicing. Rather than leave a shadow gap, I wanted the cabinets to full ceiling height for a more complete, built-in finish'. These initial ideas formed the starting point of the design, with Eamon taking it forward, translating the concepts into a visually strong and functional scheme.

While the couple were keen to bring the warmth of walnut into the kitchen, they were also mindful of keeping the room bright and airy  so they took advice from Eamon on colours, materials and finishes. Rather than dominating with walnut, Eamon has introduced feature accents in the booth seating, breakfast bar and recessed cabinetry surrounding the fridge freezer, which has been continued into the cabinetry internals to contrast with the painted finishes. Farrow & Ball shade of Pavilion Gray and Downpipe have been chosen for the rest of the cabinetry and island. 'We needed guidance on colours and were really pleased with Eamon's suggestions - the darker tone of the Downpipe on the island works really well with the walnut and the lighter grey. It's just a really good balance, keeps the room bright yet with just the right amount of contrast'.

Something Eamon is very passionate about is ensuring the functionality is as good as the visual appeal. Eamon worked hard to create a streamlined wall of clever storage, with a spacious walk-in pantry and side-by-side fridge freezer with its striking walnut surround providing additional storage, including a wine rack and pullout spice drawers. Building out a stud wall, this bespoke cabinetry has been built in so, from the front, the larder looks slimline; open the doors and a deep, LED illuminated walk-in larder is revealed.

'We are delighted with this room and can't praise Dorans highly enough. This room is everything and more than we hoped for - it's the central focus of the house, everything evolves around this room'.

Project Specifications:

Bespoke cabinetry was a key feature in this kitchen. Cabinetry pained in Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray with Downpipe on the island. Work surfaces in Carrera quartz with solid walnut breakfast bar and built-in booth seating. Contoured booth seating softening the scheme and connecting the kitchen with dining area.