LEDs used above and below the tall cupboards cast a soft glow over the room. These, and the use of mirrored kickplinths give a lighter, floating effect to the furniture as the light bounces off the glossy white porcelain tiled floor.
The kitchen includes a variety of innovative pieces, all centred round a curved island that features induction hobs, a downdraft extractor and a teppan-yaki grill plate. Ambient food storage facilities are provided in a special hybrid ‘larder’ unit, which has a coffee machine, wine fridge and TV too. Adjoining the island, Finewood also made a semi-circular banquette and a dining table overlooking the rear garden. To the other end of the kitchen, the fridge freezers are neatly concealed behind veneer doors and inset into the wall. Each area has its own design surprise, whether it’s a quirky conical support on the island, curved drawers or a triangular granite décor framing the sink. Even the shallow lacquer door cupboards behind the breakfast bar are punctuated by one illuminated display compartment in wenge wood.
“The owners wanted contemporary style furniture, but nothing showy, stark or minimalist,” explains Andrew. “We were
www.utopiamag.co.uk careful to use a mix of shapes and surfaces to give individuality and charm – using the character of stone, the warmth of grained wood, the modernism of gloss white, and the sophistication of dark timber – while adhering to streamlined profiles for a pared-down vibe. The wow-factor that the homeowners wanted is packed into the details; it’s these subtle touches that makes the room so inviting.” .
Kitchen design by Andrew Donald, Finewood Interiors. Kitchens from £25,000 01932 301 010 | www.finewoodinteriors.co.uk
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