**Houzz’s most popular kitchen tour of 2017**

Thought Shaker cabinetry was the traditional option? It all depends on the design. This quirky, retro kitchen is a masterclass in how to tailor a classic to your family’s personality.

Quirky retro Shaker kitchen breakfast bar seating and Mullan Hex pendant lights

Retro Shaker – The Brief

Style aside; storage was our client’s main priority. This compact space needed to be functional enough to suit a growing family in London – without losing any of its playful design.

Our design consultation revealed the importance of storage for this family. We were able to squeeze in a half larder with a bespoke wine rack (very important, we’re sure you’ll agree) – and still have room for a microwave.

There are hidden secrets all over this kitchen. Below the larder, the washing machine and tumble dryer are tucked away but easily accessible. We also designed the extractor fan behind the cabinetry above the hob, so as not to compromise the clean aesthetic that was so important to our client. There may not have been much floor space, but high ceilings opened up an opportunity for extra tall cabinetry.

With a colour palette already in mind, this couple had done their research. It gave us a strong framework to start with, and we ultimately decided on a neutral shade for the cabinetry so the colourful accents would shine. The orange and blue-green accents add boldness, while the Smeg fridge and floor tiles give it a quirky, retro touch.

The breakfast bar is separated from the rest of the kitchen by a sustainably-sourced oak worktop. It provides extra seating, linking the kitchen to the living and dining area.

To learn more about what’s involved in a project like this, and to get an idea of what it might cost to implement in your home, call us on 0117 325 2438 or email us at hello@sustainablekitchens.co.uk.

Houzz Testimonial

We were directed towards Sustainable Kitchens by our designer. Although initially a bit hesitant of working on our kitchen remotely (company is in Bristol, we are in London), our initial worries were unfounded: the team at Sustainable Kitchens was incredibly responsive, easy to work with, and professional. Their appointments by Skype early in the process were actually more time efficient than those of other kitchen companies, and they were quick to iterate design concepts. As the project went on, they used targeted in-person meetings at our home to supplement the online correspondence, in a way we felt was a good fit for our needs. Sustainable Kitchens were one of the few (if not the only!) kitchen companies that really understood what we were trying to do. Our ground floor has exceptionally high ceilings and we were looking to open up our kitchen and living/dining area by removing a wall. Most companies (even bespoke ones) ultimately tried to impose their own vision and types of cabinets, without in-depth regard for the space, our personal aesthetic or the overall works plan. Sustainable Kitchens really listened to our needs, worked with our ideas and made them better. Their designers are top notch. They also handled a couple of key issues with a great deal of grace and professionalism. The overall product is truly fantastic: beautiful high-quality cabinets, plenty of storage space and a long bar oak countertop, all of which fit perfectly with the house. Our builders separately told us that they really enjoyed working with the Sustainable Kitchens installers. We would use them again (if we ever had a need) and have recommended them to friends.

Riley Graebner

Project Information


Perimeter Worktop – Engineered quartz
Breakfast Bar  
– Oak

Splashback – Fired Earth, Retro Metro in Green Park

Perimeter Paint – Farrow & Ball Ammonite
Larder & Utility Paint – Farrow & Ball Plummet
Wall Paint – Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin


Oven – Beko OIF22300X Built In Electric Single Oven
Hob – Smeg S64S Cucina 60cm Stainless Steel
Hood – Faber Inca Plus 520
Fridge/Freezer – Smeg FAB30LFA 70/30 Fridge Freezer
Dishwasher – Smeg DI6012-1
Microwave – Existing
Washing Machine – Beko WMB71543W
Tumble Dryer – Beko DCU7230W
Sink – Shaws Pendle 600
Tap – Watersmith Heritage Valencia Pull-Out Mono Mixer


Designer: Jess Couceiro


Lighting – Mullan Hex Pendant Light, Orange
Flooring – Original Style, Victorian Floor Tiles


Charlie O’Beirne of Lukonic.com

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