These clients had bought this Arts & Crafts property in an idyllic location in East Sussex after children had flown the nest and so were looking to create their dream home together. They were keen that their kitchen should be in keeping with the period of the property and had a classic country kitchen in mind with cream cabinets and black worktops.
To make the most of the room’s neat proportions and with two central doorways dividing the space, one end of the room was zoned with plenty of storage to accommodate all their baking ingredients and cook’s pantry, while the other was zoned as the cook’s space with AGA range cooker, sink and dishwasher.
To prevent the room from feeling like two halves separated by a walk through, we added a peninsular with curved end to soften the look and link the two zones. The feature circular oak worktop provides prep space close to the AGA and the cupboard above houses all their herbs and spices, with deep spice racks to the backs of the cupboard doors in which to organise them.
To capitalise on the fabulous views across the countryside, we situated a breakfast bar across the South window for them to enjoy taking in the ever-changing landscape. By making all the cabinetry either side of the window different depths, we have been able to centralise this window in the room and create a real focus, drawing the eye towards the stunning views beyond and keep a feeling of spaciousness within the relatively narrow room.
With the clients’ wish for a cream scheme, cabinets were painted in Farrow & Ball New White and the walls in the caramel tones of String, which has the effect of drawing in nature. In keeping with the Arts & Crafts movement, we have specified natural materials with a tumbled limestone floor, black granite worktops and oak stools.
Handmade brick tiles in a rich blue add a splash of colour and personality within the bespoke AGA over-mantel. The handcrafted Belfast sink and traditional tap add to the Country feel, while handles and knobs in satin nickel keep the look current. Blinds in William Morris fabric provide the perfect, period, finishing touch.
Fridge, Freezer and Dishwasher are all positioned for practicality, but hidden within cabinetry so as not to visually clutter the space. Similarly, the breakfast cupboard enables microwave, toaster and other appliances to be on hand but hidden away to maintain the serene feel. A boiling water tap (in a Country style) means that tea is always readily available in this house!