A lot of clients don’t know the style of the kitchen they’re looking for, but that’s the advantage of us being completely bespoke. We can create anything the client desires for example, in a framed kitchen I love to mix the shaker door style on the base cabinets and a flat door style on the drawers. This adds a contemporary look to a framed shaker kitchen. Sometimes clients can’t decide between a framed shaker or a flat door style, so this this the perfect ‘best of both worlds’ solution.

Storage is a must in any kitchen, some people like wall cabinets while others prefer styled open shelving. In this kitchen the wall units were key due to the integrated extractor panel. The client didn’t love the idea of exposed shelving, however, feeling it wasn’t practical but loved the look of glazed wall units. I therefore designed these units in reeded glass, which gives the look of openness but still hides away any unwanted mess. Reeded glass is a go-to trend for 2023!

Adding ribbed panels to the island elevates the design of the kitchen to another level, giving the island a retro yet contemporary look. Normally we would apply tongue and groove or flat panels, but the client wanted something different.

Stone Splashback – We opted for Neolith Calacatta Luxe, which is a polished Ceramic. Ceramic is a great alternative to marble, as it gives you the same look without the hassle of potential cracking or staining (which can happen with real marble). The stone splashback is a must, especially when cooking on the hob and this is designed to be an easy-to-maintain family kitchen.

Handles – My go-to source for handles is Armac Martin. I love the range of finishes they offer and the quality is exceptional. They seem to have a design for every type of kitchen! Here we used Longbridge Pull in the American Bronze finish, which beautifully complements the Anthracite finish of the Gaggenau Ovens.

Lois Riley | Designer