Utopia    Real Home 21 Feb 2017

Design Tom Howley creates an elegant kitchen design for a soaring vaulted ceiling extension…

The soaring vaulted ceiling in this kitchen extension demanded an impressive, elegant design, which would emphasise the feeling of light and space.

Living with a dated and cramped kitchen, complete with dark worktops and red tiles, was something that the owners of this 1980s-built four-bedroom home in North Yorkshire couldn’t do any longer – but rushing wasn’t an option either. Taking their time to research the right look, this couple developed a wish-list of practical and stylistic elements that would ensure their space would suit their needs for many years to come.

Knowing they wanted ‘shaker with a twist’, and with bespoke cabinetry being a must (so the layout would suit the space perfectly) Tom Howley’s elegant designs caught the couple’s eye.

With entertaining a significant part of the purpose of the couple’s new design, the dividing wall was removed.

Metallic elements – from the stainless steel range cooker to the nickel-finish mixer tap, as well as the polished nickel cup handles, knobs, and finial and ball hinges – add a luxe touch to the refined neutral colour palette. The matt black of the gas hob pan stands is also nicely echoed in the iron clock positioned above.

The light oak veneered carcases add a touch of warmth when a cupboard or drawer is opened, which beautifully complements the natural tones of the wooden windows, too. Other thoughtful details include the oil and spices niche carved into the wall by the hob, so they’re easily to hand while cooking – it’s been designed and painted to match the cabinetry.

The use of upstands and painted plaster – rather than tiling the area between the worktop an wall cabinetry – ensures a less clinical feel, which is in keeping with the space’s function as a living and entertaining space. The wall behind the cooker boasts a splashback crafted from Yukon Silestone, which is stylistically in keeping with the worktops of the same material.

Though the mixer tap and boiling-water tap aren’t from the same range – or even the same manufacturer – they have been cleverly chosen to ensure the pairing has coherence, boasting the same sinuous lines and elegant polished nickel finish (the latter is also employed on the drawer pulls, cupboard knobs and hinges).

With the layout and the style chosen to facilitate the kitchen’s dual use, there was one final trick up designer Steve’s sleeve to aid the transition between the different ambiences: lighting.


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Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine