Designer    Case Study 11 Apr 2018

Rencraft puts a contemporary twist on this coastal-inspired bespoke kitchen

Rencraft’s latest bespoke kitchen project offers a modern take on traditional coastal schemes, which are usually defined by the use of natural textures, such as driftwood and raw-finished honey-toned woods, alongside beautiful beachy colours including sky blues, sun-bleached whites and subtle sea greens.

Subtly redefining this time-old trend, Rencraft’s recent kitchen project combines two complementary shades of blue: a delicate Sky Blue has been hand-painted onto the outside cabinetry, which clads the back wall; while the island is brought to life with a darker green-blue hue. Both seaside-inspired tones are softened through the application of white, waterfall-edged Dekton worktops and crisp, white walls. The Smoked Oak doors on the far cabinetry – which houses the appliance bank – do not appear exactly akin to raw wood or driftwood, but instead add warmth through their mixture of gold, brown and cherry tones, and present a lively texture through their natural graining. Custom-made hammered bar handles add a ripple-like texture to the oak cabinetry and are visually reminiscent of the waves of the ocean – harking back to the original coastal-themed brief.

Lead designer on the project and Rencraft’s Managing Director, John Stephens, spoke about the inspiration behind the design: “I grew up near the coast and love nothing more than a good, brisk walk along the beach. This kitchen is a reflection of that. I love the different use of textures and colours, from the cool calming blue of the hand-painted cabinets to the warm, rich brown of the Smoked Oak which has been cross cut to make a feature of the naturally occurring grained pattern within the wood. Attention to detail is evident throughout every aspect of this design, with beautiful exteriors complimented by practical interiors that have been designed to stand the test of time.”

Alongside being aesthetically impressive, the kitchen also features an appliance garage, double-door larder – with a marble ‘cold shelf’ and bespoke walnut interiors – a solid wood wine rack and handmade cutlery inserts within the drawers, each of which provide plentiful storage space for the homeowner while fitting seamlessly into the scheme. The cooking essentials are also taken care of by the addition of a bank of Miele ovens and coffee machine, Miele dishwasher and in-built fridge-freezer, alongside a Caple wine cooler, a Quooker hot tap and a sleek Bora induction hob, with integrated tepanyaki grill and extractor. While a bespoke-crafted dining table, in addition to the island’s breakfast bar facility, provides plentiful space for hosting guests and finishes the scheme splendidly.



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