We adore this classical Lewis Alderson kitchen and so does its owner, Mrs Smith, who commented: “I love how spacious our new kitchen is. We now spend all our time in this room, it’s exactly what we were hoping for.”
But in a strikingly spacious room like this, how do you make a beautiful scheme that will suit its grand setting? We spoke to Tom Edmunds and Neil Matthews, directors of Lewis Alderson & Co to find out…
A host of greys, both cool and warm, create a light, elegant ambience in the space. The cabinetry of the island is hand-painted, while the units on either side of the Aga match the walls and create a seamless look. The honed Nero Assoluto granite worksurface helps balance the stark contrast of the Aga’s black enamel, while the island is topped with a more subtle Bianca Eclipsia quartzite and solid oak – the latter, along with the creamy limestone floor tiles, adds a touch of warmth to the scheme.
One giant island installation may have suited the grand proportions of the space, but it would have looked too imposing to be homely. The solution was to break up the design with different levels and widths so that it appeared to be two pieces of furniture pushed up against one another. The use of two different worktop materials helps to differentiate, too, as well as augmenting the colour scheme with the natural tones of timber.
Opposite the Aga, the island unit preparation zone features a small prep sink and easy access to essentials such as knives and chopping boards – indeed, two bespoke chopping boards have been designed into the unit, tucked in the drawers and cupboards. Across the room, the larder cupboard accommodates dry goods, drinks, and other ingredients in tins, packets and boxes.
Don’t forget the view
The double French farmhouse sink is placed for views across the garden towards the lake. Either side of the sink the cabinetry features pull-out sections, which hide storage racks for essentials such as washing-up liquid and tea towels, so the area around the sink can be kept clutter-free.
“The lighting was a challenge because of the height of the ceiling and the large roof lantern,” Tom explains. “The solution involved using a combination of spotlights and subtle track lighting recessed into the skylight.”
A little advice from the expert…
“If your kitchen is particularly large then all the design’s components need to work to the proportions of the room so they do not seem ‘lost’. Elements such as larder cupboards and islands work well on a grand scale.”
Tom Edmonds, Director, Lewis Alderson & CoLewis Alderson & Co | lewisalderson.com