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HAMPTON | Elegant entertaining

The exquisite Hampton kitchen provided a faultless solution to Nikki and Neil’s search for a luxurious kitchen that could be used for both entertaining many friends and family – a core part of their lifestyle – as well as providing a practical food preparation area. The chandelier and mood lighting both give additional touches of glamour, complementing the beautiful traditional cabinetry of the design.

The kitchen extension was part of a major refurbishment of the entire 1950’s-built Essex based property. The property itself was full of character, however as Nikki explains, “we love entertaining so wanted to renovate our home to make it better-suited to our lifestyle. The existing kitchen, although nice, had been a small cramped space, so the aim was to double the size of the room firstly, and then design a stunning kitchen that seamlessly blended traditional and modern, and was a warm and inviting space to relax in.”

Working in the world of interior design meant Nikki had a strong idea of the end result she wanted to achieve. “I knew that I wanted a modern take on classic furniture. I really love well-made cabinetry, but definitely didn’t want anything that was too fussy or twee and knew exactly which company I would use to design my new space.”

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.

To thoroughly fulfill Nikki’s brief, the icing on the cake came in the form of colour-change lighting installed at the top of the chimney breast and fridge units. It was now literally as easy as flicking a switch for Nikki to create an inviting party mood, especially in the evenings, when the stunning chandelier and tiny plinth lights sparkled glamorously alongside the champagne flutes!

“Lighting can transform a space by changing the mood, and I love the way this this room now doubles up as the perfect space for both cooking and entertaining.”

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