The clever design solution proposed by Richard Davonport to meet Nikki’s brief was to mix traditional in-frame doors crafted from contemporary rich, dark walnut, and combine them with sections of cream painted furniture to provide balance, as well as enhancing the light, bright feel of the room. This mix set the scene for a kitchen concept based upon the ‘modern traditional.’ With this in place, Nikki focused on her other main objectives for the kitchen; to create a beautiful entertaining space and atmosphere that also incorporated a practical aspect for cooking.
Working closely with the Richard, she selected a large, central island unit finished in autumn brown granite and with a beautiful solid walnut grain chopping block. “The island was a key part of the entire design working, as it incorporated a micro-wave and steam oven and provided plenty of prep surface area while also allowing friends to congregate around it. It allows me to cook and socialise with my guests as the same time.”
So the addition of a large, however practical American style fridge-freezer and larder cupboards housed in elegant matching dark walnut cabinetry, and a range cooker built into the chimney-breast was decided upon. The cooker’s over-mantel design incorporated beautifully carved ornamental corbels to add character and draw they eye to both an elegant and traditional feature in perfect keeping with the design brief.