Design Example – Perfectly Purple Shaker Kitchen
by Charlotte Flemons
This couple wanted to create a clean and contemporary feel to their open plan living space with a quirky and unique mixture of colour and texture. The space includes a kitchen, dining and reading area in an L-shaped room. It’s so refreshing to see a different colour being used in the kitchen!
The sink is positioned in front of the window so that the client can appreciate the view of the garden whilst washing the dishes. The drainer grooves are positioned to the left of the sink in order to leave as much worktop and prep space to the right, as this is where the client is going to do most of her food prep.
There is a slim single cabinet to the left of the range, with a slim corner cabinet to the right, creating a symmetrical layout. Above the range cooker is a run of wall cabinets, which have been fitted to the ceiling, making best use of the space available. There needs to be a distance of 750mm between the range cooker and the bottom of the extractor, so we decided to continue this line along the whole run to create a crisp and clean configuration. There is a long rail fitted beneath the wall cabinets – perfect for a keen cook with lots of utensils.
The client wanted a full island but the space wasn’t quite big enough, so we compromised on a smaller, moveable butcher’s block on caster wheels, which is a flexible and useful solution to this cozy space. It provides extra worktop space, and can either be used to create a peninsula, bridging the 3 spaces, or as an island in the center of the room.
The design includes an American style fridge freezer with a large double larder to one side, and a bridging cabinet above. This provides a fantastic amount of storage, and has been painted in a light shade to make feel less dominating in the space.
The lovely inky purple of the base cabinets is really striking against the pale grey wall cabinets. We have also included some of our beautiful black turned steel knobs that we have also used in our showroom and are definitely a favorite of ours. The oak accents in the room introduce warmth to the colour and textures of the space. Small hexagonal tiles, with white grout have been used as a splash back to create a simple and contemporary detail.
At the opposite end of the room we have added fitted storage to the alcoves for the client to keep her collection of teapots and books. This comfy nook is a perfect spot for curling up with a book in front of the log burner.
The dining space is flooded with light, with windows on 3 sides, and excellent views of the garden, an ideal back drop for this beautiful kitchen.
Final Kitchen Specification
Cost: £26,600 including worktop and installation, not including appliances
Colour 1: Pelt by Farrow & Ball
Colour 2: Purbeck Stone by Farrow & Ball
Worktop 1: Carrara Marble
Worktop 2: Oak