Giving you some space

Our Favourite Nooks

Welcome to the nooks you never knew you needed, but should never be without.

Our homes are just as unique as we are and often there are nifty nooks and crafty crannies which end up housing a piece of occasional furniture, an ornamental vase or, if we’re honest, often become a place where we stash a selection of little used items which wouldn’t look out of place in Michael McIntyre’s “man drawer”.

At Rencraft we relish the challenge of a tricky space or a small alcove, and our designers will always work creatively to design a piece of cabinetry which will fit a space with functionality in mind, as well as making it aesthetically pleasing.

Here are some of our favourites from our clients’ homes and our showrooms.

Grey painted shaker kitchen secret door with walk in pantry

The Pantry Nook

If you’re a keen cook or a brilliant baker you will be all too familiar with the volcano of paraphernalia which comes with your favourite hobby and that’s where the pantry nook comes in. A walk-in space with floor to ceiling shelving and a marble worktop for extra prep space or, as one of our clients confided, a place where you can pull up a stool and sit quietly to get that all important admin done!

This example is from our Sussex Country House Shaker project where our clients wanted plenty of storage for their dry goods and larder essentials. This pantry is accessed via a secret door which sits within a run of cabinetry next to the integrated fridge and freezer and opposite the large kitchen island, meaning putting the food shopping away is quick and convenient.

Grey painted shaker kitchen secret door with walk in pantry
Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

The Cocktail Nook

This cocktail nook is a fun and quirky addition to our client’s kitchen and perfect when entertaining as it allows drinks to be muddled, shaken and stirred without taking up space in the food prep or social areas.

To contrast the dramatic charcoal grey cabinetry of the rest of the kitchen, but give a nod to the blush pink kitchen island, we hand-painted the cocktail bar in a rich, luxurious shade of purple. We then added reeded glass to the upper cabinets which complements the bevelled door detail and polished brass handles.

White painted shaker kitchen cabinet with bi-folding doors, window seat with sash window and oak beams ceiling.

The Relaxation Nook

Our clients fell in love with the stunning period features of this property the very first time they viewed it and so we created a kitchen space which celebrated and enhanced the original beams, timber pillars and sash windows.

To make a particular feature of the original windows we introduced a seat with an oak top and storage underneath. To create the feel of a cosy nook (perfect for morning coffee or an evening glass of wine!), we built two double door appliance garages with bi-folding doors either side of the central window which fold back to reveal even more storage, complete with internal lighting, electrical power points and solid oak shelves.

White painted shaker kitchen cabinet with bi-folding doors, window seat with sash window and oak beams ceiling.
Grey handpainted shaker cabinets with coffee nook and coffee machine.

The Coffee Nook

When you’re living a busy lifestyle starting your mornings in the right way is oh-so important and that’s where the coffee nook comes in. A spacious cupboard with bi-folding doors, this piece of cabinetry provides plenty of space for mugs, cups, saucers and the teapot, as well as espresso cups, the kettle, coffee machine and even the Velvetiser from Hotel Chocolat.

With ample worktop in front there is room to prepare your drinks and then simply close the doors to hide the clutter of the crockery and appliances from view. For convenience we positioned this coffee nook within easy reach of the sink, as well as the Aga where hot drinks can be kept warm when those all-important morning chores keep you from sitting down with your coffee until after the school run.

Under stairs wine storage with LED lighting

The Wine Nook

Under stairs spaces are often overlooked and resigned to collecting shoes, vacuum cleaners and ironing boards, but not so at Rencraft! This example can be seen in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms as you walk from our first floor displays to the staircase which leads to our penthouse show apartment, meaning it is perfectly on-hand for grabbing an extra bottle of wine |(or two!) when we host our events.

We designed this wine storage space to be deep enough to lie bottles flat, as well as include open shelving for standing bottles or other objects to display. To add a little drama and create a greater sense of space we added a mirror to the back of the central storage square and added strips of lighting to frame the nook and accentuate its appealing angles and quirky shape.

Under stairs wine storage with LED lighting
Blue painted boot room with coats hanging from hook in farmhouse.

The Coat Nook

This handy little nook was designed for a large family with a busy lifestyle as part of their boot room project. With children coming home from school, sporting activities to get to and myriad shoes, equipment and coats to find a home for, this bench with hidden wellie storage underneath provides a place to see & a moment of calm where the family can pause before heading out the door. It also doubles as an excellent place to take off and hang up coats, as well as put away belongings at the end of a busy day.

As well as under bench storage, we also included open shelving for storage of hats, scarves and gloves, as well as plenty of hanging space for coats, school blazers and waterproofs.

Boot room with hanging coats in cupboard and oak bench seating.

The Walking Stick Nook

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them, and the way they want to use the space, and this walking stick nook is a perfect example of this. We designed this example for our Tunbridge Wells showrooms so that we could store a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which were handcrafted by a member of the Rencraft family and deserve to be kept on show for all to admire.

This display also includes capacious cupboards, floor-to-ceiling shoe nooks and hand painted oak panelling to achieve the idyllic country house look we all know and love.

Boot room with hanging coats in cupboard and oak bench seating.
Bookshelves with books, handpainted cabinetry and a bean bag chair.

The Book Nook

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, having a quiet place to sit and relax is a must and this book nook is the ideal spot for the avid reader in your family. We chose to use a combination of open shelving to display our clients’ favourite reads with a run of cabinetry for storage of board games, DVDs and a collection of family photos and other memorabilia underneath.

This little library was part of much larger project at this client’s home which included an open plan kitchen with full height cabinetry, as well as a lounge, TV snug room, master bedroom, hallway, a children’s playroom and an under stairs cupboard.

Shoe nook in grey painted boot room

The Shoe Nook

We all know the dilemma – everyone in the family has their go-to pairs of shoes that they need to have within easy reach when leaving the house but a mountain of mismatched shoes by the front door just isn’t a good look! Cue a Rencraft shoe nook to the rescue – a floor-to-ceiling storage space where you can nestle your hiking boots, tennis shoes, strappy sandals and running trainers with a minimum of effort required.

This example features 24 cubby holes for our client’s family to share so there’s no excuses for an untidy boot room in this house! To make the feature as user friendly as possible we also designed the height of the nooks closest to the floor to be larger than those at the top, meaning that heavy boots can be kept lower down to avoid lifting muddy footwear down from above your head.

Shoe nook in grey painted boot room
White shaker kitchen cabinets with utility sink and Crittall style double doors.

The Sink Nook

There’s nothing better than watching your children enjoy spending time in the garden but when those filthy hands make it into the kitchen sink, the mud pies are no longer something confined to the outdoors.

We designed this sink nook for a client with a young family to provide a space to clean up before entering the handpainted white kitchen in their light and airy barn renovation. This quirky build was full of nooks and crannies which were a delight to work with and one of our particular favourites is the wall-mounted ladder which leads to a secret storage area above the rest of the kitchen.

Flowers by Belfast sink and Perrin and Rowe tap with green painted Faroow and Ball kitchen cabinet.

The Flower Nook

If you’re the Monty Don in your family and love displaying your garden’s beautiful blooms around the house and feeding the family with your homegrown produce then have you considered a flower nook – a special little space where you can trim the stems of your prize-winning peonies or wash the mud off your new potatoes.

We paired this Belfast sink by Villeroy & Boch with a brass tap from Perrin & Rowe for the ultimate country house look and hand painted our cabinetry in Treron by Farrow & Ball to finish off the bucolic feel of this farmhouse kitchen.

Flowers by Belfast sink and Perrin and Rowe tap with green painted Faroow and Ball kitchen cabinet.
Grey Shaker Curved Banquette Seating with walnut table

The Breakfast Nook

We custom designed this breakfast nook for our clients’ 1920s Arts & Crafts home as part of their Shaker-style kitchen. The banquette seating provides a sociable spot to sit and enjoy their new, light kitchen space and curves around the walnut breakfast table which was handmade in our workshop at Chart Farm near Sevenoaks.

This project is full of fun little quirks as we also designed a secret stow-away door which allowed us to avoid disrupting the main run of cabinetry and provides hidden access to the upstairs via the old servants’ stairs.

Black painted cabinetry with oak shelving and coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.

The Laundry Nook

Well, this client certainly has the right idea when it comes to brightening up boring chores! We designed this multipurpose space for our client’s prep kitchen where they wanted to hide all of the functional elements to cooking and housework, leaving their main kitchen space free for entertaining and relaxing.

We assigned the upper level of cabinetry to house a beverage nook (we know, 2 nooks in 1 – what could be better?) and Miele microwave, whilst the lower space was given over to a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer.

Black painted cabinetry with oak shelving and coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom Vanity Table in Dressing Room

The Beautifying Nook

When you’re trying to apply your lippy and eyeliner you need just two things – a quiet nook to call your own and a large mirror with good lighting. And that’s exactly what we created for this client in the dressing room area of their master bedroom suite.

This little space is cosetted between two large wardrobes with plenty of hanging space and conveniently close to the en suite bathroom, making getting ready to go on a girls’ night out a joy! To finish off the space we handcrafted a vanity table with drawers underneath for a hairdryer and straighteners, jewellery and those all-important lotions & potions.

Come and see us

If you would like to meet with one of our designers to discuss your new kitchen or living space project, why not give us a call on 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk

Alternatively, hit the button below to make an enquiry and we will get in touch.

Giving you some space

Our Favourite Nooks

Welcome to the nooks you never knew you needed, but should never be without.

Our homes are just as unique as we are and often there are nifty nooks and crafty crannies which end up housing a piece of occasional furniture, an ornamental vase or, if we’re honest, often become a place where we stash a selection of little used items which wouldn’t look out of place in Michael McIntyre’s “man drawer”.

At Rencraft we relish the challenge of a tricky space or a small alcove, and our designers will always work creatively to design a piece of cabinetry which will fit a space with functionality in mind, as well as making it aesthetically pleasing.

Here are some of our favourites from our clients’ homes and our showrooms.

Grey painted shaker kitchen secret door with walk in pantry

The Pantry Nook

If you’re a keen cook or a brilliant baker you will be all too familiar with the volcano of paraphernalia which comes with your favourite hobby and that’s where the pantry nook comes in. A walk-in space with floor to ceiling shelving and a marble worktop for extra prep space or, as one of our clients confided, a place where you can pull up a stool and sit quietly to get that all important admin done!

This example is from our Sussex Country House Shaker project where our clients wanted plenty of storage for their dry goods and larder essentials. This pantry is accessed via a secret door which sits within a run of cabinetry next to the integrated fridge and freezer and opposite the large kitchen island, meaning putting the food shopping away is quick and convenient.

Grey painted shaker kitchen secret door with walk in pantry
Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

The Cocktail Nook

This cocktail nook is a fun and quirky addition to our client’s kitchen and perfect when entertaining as it allows drinks to be muddled, shaken and stirred without taking up space in the food prep or social areas.

To contrast the dramatic charcoal grey cabinetry of the rest of the kitchen, but give a nod to the blush pink kitchen island, we hand-painted the cocktail bar in a rich, luxurious shade of purple. We then added reeded glass to the upper cabinets which complements the bevelled door detail and polished brass handles.

White painted shaker kitchen cabinet with bi-folding doors, window seat with sash window and oak beams ceiling.

The Relaxation Nook

Our clients fell in love with the stunning period features of this property the very first time they viewed it and so we created a kitchen space which celebrated and enhanced the original beams, timber pillars and sash windows.

To make a particular feature of the original windows we introduced a seat with an oak top and storage underneath. To create the feel of a cosy nook (perfect for morning coffee or an evening glass of wine!), we built two double door appliance garages with bi-folding doors either side of the central window which fold back to reveal even more storage, complete with internal lighting, electrical power points and solid oak shelves.

White painted shaker kitchen cabinet with bi-folding doors, window seat with sash window and oak beams ceiling.
Grey handpainted shaker cabinets with coffee nook and coffee machine.

The Coffee Nook

When you’re living a busy lifestyle starting your mornings in the right way is oh-so important and that’s where the coffee nook comes in. A spacious cupboard with bi-folding doors, this piece of cabinetry provides plenty of space for mugs, cups, saucers and the teapot, as well as espresso cups, the kettle, coffee machine and even the Velvetiser from Hotel Chocolat.

With ample worktop in front there is room to prepare your drinks and then simply close the doors to hide the clutter of the crockery and appliances from view. For convenience we positioned this coffee nook within easy reach of the sink, as well as the Aga where hot drinks can be kept warm when those all-important morning chores keep you from sitting down with your coffee until after the school run.

Under stairs wine storage with LED lighting

The Wine Nook

Under stairs spaces are often overlooked and resigned to collecting shoes, vacuum cleaners and ironing boards, but not so at Rencraft! This example can be seen in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms as you walk from our first floor displays to the staircase which leads to our penthouse show apartment, meaning it is perfectly on-hand for grabbing an extra bottle of wine |(or two!) when we host our events.

We designed this wine storage space to be deep enough to lie bottles flat, as well as include open shelving for standing bottles or other objects to display. To add a little drama and create a greater sense of space we added a mirror to the back of the central storage square and added strips of lighting to frame the nook and accentuate its appealing angles and quirky shape.

Under stairs wine storage with LED lighting
Blue painted boot room with coats hanging from hook in farmhouse.

The Coat Nook

This handy little nook was designed for a large family with a busy lifestyle as part of their boot room project. With children coming home from school, sporting activities to get to and myriad shoes, equipment and coats to find a home for, this bench with hidden wellie storage underneath provides a place to see & a moment of calm where the family can pause before heading out the door. It also doubles as an excellent place to take off and hang up coats, as well as put away belongings at the end of a busy day.

As well as under bench storage, we also included open shelving for storage of hats, scarves and gloves, as well as plenty of hanging space for coats, school blazers and waterproofs.

Boot room with hanging coats in cupboard and oak bench seating.

The Walking Stick Nook

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them, and the way they want to use the space, and this walking stick nook is a perfect example of this. We designed this example for our Tunbridge Wells showrooms so that we could store a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which were handcrafted by a member of the Rencraft family and deserve to be kept on show for all to admire.

This display also includes capacious cupboards, floor-to-ceiling shoe nooks and hand painted oak panelling to achieve the idyllic country house look we all know and love.

Boot room with hanging coats in cupboard and oak bench seating.
Bookshelves with books, handpainted cabinetry and a bean bag chair.

The Book Nook

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, having a quiet place to sit and relax is a must and this book nook is the ideal spot for the avid reader in your family. We chose to use a combination of open shelving to display our clients’ favourite reads with a run of cabinetry for storage of board games, DVDs and a collection of family photos and other memorabilia underneath.

This little library was part of much larger project at this client’s home which included an open plan kitchen with full height cabinetry, as well as a lounge, TV snug room, master bedroom, hallway, a children’s playroom and an under stairs cupboard.

Shoe nook in grey painted boot room

The Shoe Nook

We all know the dilemma – everyone in the family has their go-to pairs of shoes that they need to have within easy reach when leaving the house but a mountain of mismatched shoes by the front door just isn’t a good look! Cue a Rencraft shoe nook to the rescue – a floor-to-ceiling storage space where you can nestle your hiking boots, tennis shoes, strappy sandals and running trainers with a minimum of effort required.

This example features 24 cubby holes for our client’s family to share so there’s no excuses for an untidy boot room in this house! To make the feature as user friendly as possible we also designed the height of the nooks closest to the floor to be larger than those at the top, meaning that heavy boots can be kept lower down to avoid lifting muddy footwear down from above your head.

Shoe nook in grey painted boot room
White shaker kitchen cabinets with utility sink and Crittall style double doors.

The Sink Nook

There’s nothing better than watching your children enjoy spending time in the garden but when those filthy hands make it into the kitchen sink, the mud pies are no longer something confined to the outdoors.

We designed this sink nook for a client with a young family to provide a space to clean up before entering the handpainted white kitchen in their light and airy barn renovation. This quirky build was full of nooks and crannies which were a delight to work with and one of our particular favourites is the wall-mounted ladder which leads to a secret storage area above the rest of the kitchen.

Flowers by Belfast sink and Perrin and Rowe tap with green painted Faroow and Ball kitchen cabinet.

The Flower Nook

If you’re the Monty Don in your family and love displaying your garden’s beautiful blooms around the house and feeding the family with your homegrown produce then have you considered a flower nook – a special little space where you can trim the stems of your prize-winning peonies or wash the mud off your new potatoes.

We paired this Belfast sink by Villeroy & Boch with a brass tap from Perrin & Rowe for the ultimate country house look and hand painted our cabinetry in Treron by Farrow & Ball to finish off the bucolic feel of this farmhouse kitchen.

Flowers by Belfast sink and Perrin and Rowe tap with green painted Faroow and Ball kitchen cabinet.
Grey Shaker Curved Banquette Seating with walnut table

The Breakfast Nook

We custom designed this breakfast nook for our clients’ 1920s Arts & Crafts home as part of their Shaker-style kitchen. The banquette seating provides a sociable spot to sit and enjoy their new, light kitchen space and curves around the walnut breakfast table which was handmade in our workshop at Chart Farm near Sevenoaks.

This project is full of fun little quirks as we also designed a secret stow-away door which allowed us to avoid disrupting the main run of cabinetry and provides hidden access to the upstairs via the old servants’ stairs.

Black painted cabinetry with oak shelving and coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.

The Laundry Nook

Well, this client certainly has the right idea when it comes to brightening up boring chores! We designed this multipurpose space for our client’s prep kitchen where they wanted to hide all of the functional elements to cooking and housework, leaving their main kitchen space free for entertaining and relaxing.

We assigned the upper level of cabinetry to house a beverage nook (we know, 2 nooks in 1 – what could be better?) and Miele microwave, whilst the lower space was given over to a Miele washing machine and tumble dryer.

Black painted cabinetry with oak shelving and coffee machine, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom Vanity Table in Dressing Room

The Beautifying Nook

When you’re trying to apply your lippy and eyeliner you need just two things – a quiet nook to call your own and a large mirror with good lighting. And that’s exactly what we created for this client in the dressing room area of their master bedroom suite.

This little space is cosetted between two large wardrobes with plenty of hanging space and conveniently close to the en suite bathroom, making getting ready to go on a girls’ night out a joy! To finish off the space we handcrafted a vanity table with drawers underneath for a hairdryer and straighteners, jewellery and those all-important lotions & potions.

Come and see us

If you would like to meet with one of our designers to discuss your new kitchen or living space project, why not give us a call on 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk

Alternatively, hit the button below to make an enquiry and we will get in touch.

Rencraft kitchen design inspiration lookbook

Designed to inspire

Learn more about our eclectic style, exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite design with our brand new lookbook – a beautiful curation of hand-picked images and video which encapsulate everything Rencraft stands for.

Meet our friendly and talented team, peruse our latest projects, and find out more about how we handcraft our luxury kitchens and bespoke furniture at Chart Farm, home to our mill and workshop since 1980.

Rencraft kitchen design inspiration lookbook

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Rencraft kitchen design inspiration lookbook

Designed to inspire

Learn more about our eclectic style, exceptional craftsmanship and exquisite design with our brand new lookbook – a beautiful curation of hand-picked images and video which encapsulate everything Rencraft stands for.

Meet our friendly and talented team, peruse our latest projects, and find out more about how we handcraft our luxury kitchens and bespoke furniture at Chart Farm, home to our mill and workshop since 1980.

Rencraft kitchen design inspiration lookbook

Check out the trends which have caught our eye this season!

Cocktail bar with shelving, liquid metal worktop, marble splash back and marble sink, wine fridge and bar stools.

Marvellous Metallics

Nothing says luxurious elegance more than this liquid metal worktop which we chose to finish off our penthouse bar. We love the way the light glints and glimmers as it bounces off the textured surface as it floods in from the 5 metre high lantern light above.

If you’ve not visited our award-winning showrooms yet, make sure you hit the button below to find out more about 81, The Penthouse which includes a super-sleek kitchen and a glamorous cocktail bar. Our Georgian townhouse also boasts 3 further floors of displays, each of which offers inspirational ideas for you to peruse to your heart’s content.

Cocktail bar with shelving, liquid metal worktop, marble splash back and marble sink, wine fridge and bar stools.

Pops of Pink

When we designed this kitchen our clients wanted to add a little drama with some splashes of colour on the gorgeous kitchen island and the interior of their larder cupboard with bi-folding doors. On even the dreariest of days your morning coffee would be inevitably brightened by a beautifully bold colour-pop of pink!

We even loved the colour so much that we mirrored the pink interior in a second cabinet above the sink and the rich tones are a wonderful complement to the fluted glass and oak frame.

Blue painted kitchen with kitchen island with bar stools and pendant lighting.

Coastal Blues

Everyone feels better with a little dose of vitamin sea so why not bring the coast to your kitchen with a tranquil shade of blue to create a spacious and open feel, as well as give you a daily reminder of happy holidays spent at the beach.

This project was designed for a busy family who wanted to create an oasis of calm at the centre of their family home with plenty of storage for clutter-free living, as well as ample seating for the children to catch up on homework and enjoy a snack at the end of a school day.

 

Blue painted kitchen with kitchen island with bar stools and pendant lighting.

Just Peachy

Peach Fuzz has been the talk of the town this year but we absolutely love the bold and brilliant choice of Farrow & Ball’s Bisque by long-time Rencraft customer and esteemed designer, Ashton Taylor-Smith.

The coral colour certainly packs a punch and works perfectly inside the glass-fronted run of cabinetry on the striking kitchen island. To add to the effect we added subtle lighting to the cupboard interiors which is complemented by the horizontal fluted glass and nickel handles.

Peaceful Pastels

If vivid colours aren’t really your thing and you prefer a more understated elegance, then you’ll be delighted to hear that muted pastel tones are just as much in vogue as their brighter counterparts.

In our Italian Kitchen we have paired soft pinks and blues by Benjamin Moore with the natural oak of a glass fronted cabinet, as well as a central kitchen island with a white Carrara marble worktop. For added interest we have punctuated the design with little quirks such as a damson surround for the SubZeroWolf appliances, a circular cabinet with an oak butcher’s block at one end of the island and open shelving above curved banquette seating, providing extra space for dining and socialising.

Hidden door with handpainted grey cabinetry and damson bootility room.

Damson Delight

A colour so fresh and vibrant it’s as if it’s been plucked from the hedgerows! This grown-up twist on the dusky pinks which have also been popular this year is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to add a little wow-factor to a whole room or create an eye-catching feature of one particular area or cabinet.

In this project, our clients chose to use this gorgeous shade for both their cocktail bar nook in the kitchen, as well as their utility room which is accessed through a hidden door in a long run of handmade cabinetry hand painted in a contrasting charcoal grey.

Handmade walking sticks with oak bench and oak shelving with green painted cabinetry.

Calming Greens

When it comes to boot rooms the key is bridging the gap between the indoors and outdoors and what better way to create a natural flow than by hand painting the wooden cabinetry in country chic green.

This beautiful boot room offers a range of storage solutions from welly storage underneath the oak seats, to floor-to-ceiling shoe nooks, cupboards and pegs for plenty of hanging space and the all-important and truly bespoke walking stick storage!

If you’d like to learn more about this boot room, why not pop into our very own and recently crowned Kitchen Showrooms of the Year 2024 in Tunbridge Wells to see it for yourself!

Handmade walking sticks with oak bench and oak shelving with green painted cabinetry.

Bold and Dramatic

If you’re going to plump for a bold and dramatic colour to paint your cabinetry, you’ll need a strong and striking design to match up to your colour choice and finding the right balance is paramount. In this recent project we handcrafted a Neo-Georgian broken pediment which sits majestically atop a larder cupboard and is a suitably regal addition to the opulent room which counts the exiled emperor, Napoleon amongst its past residents.

To complement the dark cabinetry we included splashes of colour to the cupboard interiors as well as a panoramic Chinoiserie wallpaper by Zardi and Zardi, nickel handles by Hendel and Hendel and white marble worktops with a raised plinth on the island in order to add subtle lighting to the cooking area.

Come and see us

If you would like to meet with one of our designers to discuss your new kitchen or living space project, why not give us a call on 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk

Alternatively, hit the button below to make an enquiry and we will get in touch.

What's hot this summer

Colour Me Beautiful

Check out the trends which have caught our eye this season!

Cocktail bar with shelving, liquid metal worktop, marble splash back and marble sink, wine fridge and bar stools.

Marvellous Metallics

Nothing says luxurious elegance more than this liquid metal worktop which we chose to finish off our penthouse bar. We love the way the light glints and glimmers as it bounces off the textured surface as it floods in from the 5 metre high lantern light above.

If you’ve not visited our award-winning showrooms yet, make sure you hit the button below to find out more about 81, The Penthouse which includes a super-sleek kitchen and a glamorous cocktail bar. Our Georgian townhouse also boasts 3 further floors of displays, each of which offers inspirational ideas for you to peruse to your heart’s content.

Cocktail bar with shelving, liquid metal worktop, marble splash back and marble sink, wine fridge and bar stools.

Pops of Pink

When we designed this kitchen our clients wanted to add a little drama with some splashes of colour on the gorgeous kitchen island and the interior of their larder cupboard with bi-folding doors. On even the dreariest of days your morning coffee would be inevitably brightened by a beautifully bold colour-pop of pink!

We even loved the colour so much that we mirrored the pink interior in a second cabinet above the sink and the rich tones are a wonderful complement to the fluted glass and oak frame.

Blue painted kitchen with kitchen island with bar stools and pendant lighting.

Coastal Blues

Everyone feels better with a little dose of vitamin sea so why not bring the coast to your kitchen with a tranquil shade of blue to create a spacious and open feel, as well as give you a daily reminder of happy holidays spent at the beach.

This project was designed for a busy family who wanted to create an oasis of calm at the centre of their family home with plenty of storage for clutter-free living, as well as ample seating for the children to catch up on homework and enjoy a snack at the end of a school day.

 

Blue painted kitchen with kitchen island with bar stools and pendant lighting.

Just Peachy

Peach Fuzz has been the talk of the town this year but we absolutely love the bold and brilliant choice of Farrow & Ball’s Bisque by long-time Rencraft customer and esteemed designer, Ashton Taylor-Smith.

The coral colour certainly packs a punch and works perfectly inside the glass-fronted run of cabinetry on the striking kitchen island. To add to the effect we added subtle lighting to the cupboard interiors which is complemented by the horizontal fluted glass and nickel handles.

Peaceful Pastels

If vivid colours aren’t really your thing and you prefer a more understated elegance, then you’ll be delighted to hear that muted pastel tones are just as much in vogue as their brighter counterparts.

In our Italian Kitchen we have paired soft pinks and blues by Benjamin Moore with the natural oak of a glass fronted cabinet, as well as a central kitchen island with a white Carrara marble worktop. For added interest we have punctuated the design with little quirks such as a damson surround for the SubZeroWolf appliances, a circular cabinet with an oak butcher’s block at one end of the island and open shelving above curved banquette seating, providing extra space for dining and socialising.

Hidden door with handpainted grey cabinetry and damson bootility room.

Damson Delight

A colour so fresh and vibrant it’s as if it’s been plucked from the hedgerows! This grown-up twist on the dusky pinks which have also been popular this year is a fantastic choice if you’re looking to add a little wow-factor to a whole room or create an eye-catching feature of one particular area or cabinet.

In this project, our clients chose to use this gorgeous shade for both their cocktail bar nook in the kitchen, as well as their utility room which is accessed through a hidden door in a long run of handmade cabinetry hand painted in a contrasting charcoal grey.

Handmade walking sticks with oak bench and oak shelving with green painted cabinetry.

Calming Greens

When it comes to boot rooms the key is bridging the gap between the indoors and outdoors and what better way to create a natural flow than by hand painting the wooden cabinetry in country chic green.

This beautiful boot room offers a range of storage solutions from welly storage underneath the oak seats, to floor-to-ceiling shoe nooks, cupboards and pegs for plenty of hanging space and the all-important and truly bespoke walking stick storage!

If you’d like to learn more about this boot room, why not pop into our very own and recently crowned Kitchen Showrooms of the Year 2024 in Tunbridge Wells to see it for yourself!

Handmade walking sticks with oak bench and oak shelving with green painted cabinetry.

Bold and Dramatic

If you’re going to plump for a bold and dramatic colour to paint your cabinetry, you’ll need a strong and striking design to match up to your colour choice and finding the right balance is paramount. In this recent project we handcrafted a Neo-Georgian broken pediment which sits majestically atop a larder cupboard and is a suitably regal addition to the opulent room which counts the exiled emperor, Napoleon amongst its past residents.

To complement the dark cabinetry we included splashes of colour to the cupboard interiors as well as a panoramic Chinoiserie wallpaper by Zardi and Zardi, nickel handles by Hendel and Hendel and white marble worktops with a raised plinth on the island in order to add subtle lighting to the cooking area.

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To island or not to island?

The pros and cons of having a kitchen island is one of the most hotly debated subjects in kitchen design, with some arguing that the much-coveted pieces of kitchen furniture are overrated, expensive and zappers of valuable floor space. Nevertheless, they routinely hold the Number 1 spot on our client’s wish lists, but just why do so many of us crave this go-to piece of kitchen cabinetry?

In this blog, we explore the pros and cons of island living and showcase some of our favourite past projects and showroom displays which have made great use of the space available to create islands both big and small with our very own Rencraft flair.

How much space do I need?

An essential point to consider when deciding whether to include a kitchen island in your design is whether you have enough space. According to The National Kitchen & Bathroom Association, the key measurement you need to keep in mind is a minimum of 42 inches (or 1066mm for the Millenials amongst us!) of clearance on each side of your island. But is this really the magic number? Rencraft Director, Robert Waite sums it up perfectly when he says: “It all depends on use.”

“For example, if you’ve got a sink against the wall and a hob opposite on the island, then you might want a bigger gap of 1200-1300mm to allow 2 people to stand back-to-back in the working space to allow you to cook and use the sink at the same time.

It also depends on the shape of the room as it may be that you choose to have more clearance on one side of the island, so giving you plenty of space to swing a saucepan, which in turn means you can get away with having a smaller gap designed purely as a walk through.

Another thing to bear in mind is seating as you’ll need to allow space for bar stools to be pulled out and sat on with ample clearance behind to avoid a cramped seating area.”

But does the kitchen island’s need for a walkway on all sides take up valuable floor space and have the potential to be overly imposing and interrupt the flow of your kitchen? Not if you have the expert eye of one of our kitchen designers!

Here are our top reasons why we love incorporating a kitchen island into our designs:

More Storage

 

Extra storage is a huge bonus, so we love to include built-in cabinets to allow you to store larger pieces of equipment like food processors, bread machines and juicers, as well as provide space for food waste and recycling. You could also consider adding a wine cooler, and additional under counter refrigeration, or even a super convenient in-drawer knife block, spice rack or bespoke cutlery drawer to make everyday items accessible and close to the cooking zone.

 

 

Shaker Dark Blue Kitchen Island

Extra Work Surface Space

 

A kitchen island creates extra work surface space, giving you more room to prep food, lay out finger food and serve drinks for parties, read the paper and eat a leisurely weekend breakfast, sit together and plough through the dreaded homework and even plonk down your bags of shopping when coming home from Waitrose.

 

 

Island Cooking

 

A kitchen island is also a great location for a hob and a sink. This revolutionised design means you’ll no longer have your back to the room whilst cooking so you’ll enjoy a more social aspect, interacting with an open plan design more easily and improving views out to garden, dining and snug areas.

 

 

Contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic kitchen island, Buster and Punch lighting, Bora hob and Bora ovens.

Take a Seat

 

An island is the perfect place for additional seating, so creating a multipurpose space for breakfasting, catching up on emails, a spot of lunch and an informal location to share a glass of wine and a catch-up with friends and family. You could even consider an elevated mondial like this example in our penthouse show kitchen, or why not think about including banquette seating in the form of a in-built sofa within the island to give a comfy space to relax or enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

 

 

Dark Grey SieMatic Kitchen

Get into the Zone

 

A kitchen island helps define spaces in an open concept home as it creates a visual & functional separation between the kitchen and other living areas. Rencraft Interior Architect, Jonathan Reynolds explains: “In large, open-plan kitchens islands are a necessity not a fashion trend. When the space is too disparate between wall countertops, the island becomes a central ‘way station’ connecting the essential elements together and so making for a more cohesive space.”

 

 

Dark Grey SieMatic Kitchen
DOUBLE ISLAND MODERN TRADITIONAL KITCHEN

The Wow Factor

 

A kitchen island can add a real ‘wow factor’ as it creates a focal point and gives the opportunity to add extra visual appeal with the introduction of a secondary colour to your space. In this project we included two islands into our design, with one island taking on a functional space with a sink and food prep area, whilst the other provided a social area with seating and an integrated wine cooler.

 

 

Lewins Lighting Island

It's All About the Light

 

You can also use an island to increase your kitchen lighting options with additions such as pendant lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere or illuminate a workspace. In this project we were asked to design a central kitchen island which would appear like a contemporary art installation or “pod” which had just landed in the middle of the beautiful, character-filled room. To accentuate this look, LED lighting was installed within the glass-fronted cabinets and beneath the Silestone Quartz worktop, allowing the look of the kitchen to transform effortlessly from daytime into night.

 

 

Lewins Lighting Island

Space Saving Peninsula

 

If you love the idea of having an island but just don’t have the space, then why not consider a peninsula which will give you all the advantages of an island but take up less floor space as you only need a walkway at one end. This example can be seen on the ground floor of our Tunbridge Wells showrooms at 81, Calverley Road.

 

 

Open Shelving

 

Why not take the opportunity to include some open shelving in your kitchen island to add variety to your design, as well as display recipe books and ornaments and give a boost of colour and personality? This example provides a handy cubby hole for oversized pieces of crockery which take up valuable drawer space.

 

 

Chat to us about your project.

If you have a new kitchen project in mind, then why not come and visit us in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms to see how we have created 13 stunning show kitchens spread over 4 floors ranging from ultra modern contemporary designs to traditional country house kitchens and everything in between.

No man is an island

Island Dreaming

To island or not to island?

The pros and cons of having a kitchen island is one of the most hotly debated subjects in kitchen design, with some arguing that the much-coveted pieces of kitchen furniture are overrated, expensive and zappers of valuable floor space. Nevertheless, they routinely hold the Number 1 spot on our client’s wish lists, but just why do so many of us crave this go-to piece of kitchen cabinetry?

In this blog, we explore the pros and cons of island living and showcase some of our favourite past projects and showroom displays which have made great use of the space available to create islands both big and small with our very own Rencraft flair.

How much space do I need?

An essential point to consider when deciding whether to include a kitchen island in your design is whether you have enough space. According to The National Kitchen & Bathroom Association, the key measurement you need to keep in mind is a minimum of 42 inches (or 1066mm for the Millenials amongst us!) of clearance on each side of your island. But is this really the magic number? Rencraft Director, Robert Waite sums it up perfectly when he says: “It all depends on use.”

“For example, if you’ve got a sink against the wall and a hob opposite on the island, then you might want a bigger gap of 1200-1300mm to allow 2 people to stand back-to-back in the working space to allow you to cook and use the sink at the same time.

It also depends on the shape of the room as it may be that you choose to have more clearance on one side of the island, so giving you plenty of space to swing a saucepan, which in turn means you can get away with having a smaller gap designed purely as a walk through.

Another thing to bear in mind is seating as you’ll need to allow space for bar stools to be pulled out and sat on with ample clearance behind to avoid a cramped seating area.”

But does the kitchen island’s need for a walkway on all sides take up valuable floor space and have the potential to be overly imposing and interrupt the flow of your kitchen? Not if you have the expert eye of one of our kitchen designers!

Here are our top reasons why we love incorporating a kitchen island into our designs:

More Storage

 

Extra storage is a huge bonus, so we love to include built-in cabinets to allow you to store larger pieces of equipment like food processors, bread machines and juicers, as well as provide space for food waste and recycling. You could also consider adding a wine cooler, and additional under counter refrigeration, or even a super convenient in-drawer knife block, spice rack or bespoke cutlery drawer to make everyday items accessible and close to the cooking zone.

 

 

Shaker Dark Blue Kitchen Island

Extra Work Surface Space

 

A kitchen island creates extra work surface space, giving you more room to prep food, lay out finger food and serve drinks for parties, read the paper and eat a leisurely weekend breakfast, sit together and plough through the dreaded homework and even plonk down your bags of shopping when coming home from Waitrose.

 

 

Island Cooking

 

A kitchen island is also a great location for a hob and a sink. This revolutionised design means you’ll no longer have your back to the room whilst cooking so you’ll enjoy a more social aspect, interacting with an open plan design more easily and improving views out to garden, dining and snug areas.

 

 

Contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic kitchen island, Buster and Punch lighting, Bora hob and Bora ovens.

Take a Seat

 

An island is the perfect place for additional seating, so creating a multipurpose space for breakfasting, catching up on emails, a spot of lunch and an informal location to share a glass of wine and a catch-up with friends and family. You could even consider an elevated mondial like this example in our penthouse show kitchen, or why not think about including banquette seating in the form of a in-built sofa within the island to give a comfy space to relax or enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

 

 

Dark Grey SieMatic Kitchen

Get into the Zone

 

A kitchen island helps define spaces in an open concept home as it creates a visual & functional separation between the kitchen and other living areas. Rencraft Interior Architect, Jonathan Reynolds explains: “In large, open-plan kitchens islands are a necessity not a fashion trend. When the space is too disparate between wall countertops, the island becomes a central ‘way station’ connecting the essential elements together and so making for a more cohesive space.”

 

 

Dark Grey SieMatic Kitchen
DOUBLE ISLAND MODERN TRADITIONAL KITCHEN

The Wow Factor

 

A kitchen island can add a real ‘wow factor’ as it creates a focal point and gives the opportunity to add extra visual appeal with the introduction of a secondary colour to your space. In this project we included two islands into our design, with one island taking on a functional space with a sink and food prep area, whilst the other provided a social area with seating and an integrated wine cooler.

 

 

Lewins Lighting Island

It's All About the Light

 

You can also use an island to increase your kitchen lighting options with additions such as pendant lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere or illuminate a workspace. In this project we were asked to design a central kitchen island which would appear like a contemporary art installation or “pod” which had just landed in the middle of the beautiful, character-filled room. To accentuate this look, LED lighting was installed within the glass-fronted cabinets and beneath the Silestone Quartz worktop, allowing the look of the kitchen to transform effortlessly from daytime into night.

 

 

Lewins Lighting Island

Space Saving Peninsula

 

If you love the idea of having an island but just don’t have the space, then why not consider a peninsula which will give you all the advantages of an island but take up less floor space as you only need a walkway at one end. This example can be seen on the ground floor of our Tunbridge Wells showrooms at 81, Calverley Road.

 

 

Open Shelving

 

Why not take the opportunity to include some open shelving in your kitchen island to add variety to your design, as well as display recipe books and ornaments and give a boost of colour and personality? This example provides a handy cubby hole for oversized pieces of crockery which take up valuable drawer space.

 

 

Chat to us about your project.

If you have a new kitchen project in mind, then why not come and visit us in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms to see how we have created 13 stunning show kitchens spread over 4 floors ranging from ultra modern contemporary designs to traditional country house kitchens and everything in between.

Never get too big for your boots!

Half term is upon us and so is the seemingly never-ending rain, bringing along with it mud splattered wellies, sodden dogs and water dripping off wax jackets onto the floor. And let’s not forget the hockey sticks, rugby boots and tennis racquets brought home at the end of every term, not to mention the trainers scattered all over the hallway floor and the all too familiar cry of “Has anyone seen my hat?”

In a world full of hustle and bustle, keeping muddy paws at bay and a semblance of order to the clutter which sometimes seems to grow its own legs is a must, but how can we achieve it?

Our answer is the boot room.

What exactly is a boot room?

The boot room is one of the top interior design trends in 2024 but country houses are no strangers to this workhorse space which has the important purpose of keeping the outside from entering the rest of the house by cleverly bridging the gap between the exterior and interior.

Sometimes called a mud room, or bootility room for those who want to incorporate an area for laundry, the boot room creates another point of entrance to the home and is most commonly located at the rear of the property, providing a multifunctional place to store dog leads, shoes, coats, boots, cold weather gear, wellies and walking sticks.

Tips from our designers

But with so many items to find a nook or cranny for, how can you find that all-important blend of stylish storage with functionality? Here are our top tips for the perfect boot room:

Cubby Holes

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to leave the house but being unable to find your other shoe (last seen in the puppy’s mouth and now probably under a sofa!) or matching gloves, so we love to include a tower of floor to ceiling cubby holes. Not only do these provide ample storage for shoes, boots, scarves and hats but they also make it easy for the children to tidy away their possessions after a day at school.

Seating with Storage

Items like wellies and sports equipment can be more difficult to store tidily so we like to create seating areas with hinged lids which open up to reveal deep storage boxes. This has the double purpose of providing a place to put on or take off your shoes which is especially useful after a long dog walk.

 

 

Plenty of Pegs

A run of pegs is essential for hanging coats and jackets so making sure you have plenty but that they are spaced out enough to avoid coats bunching together, is always at the top of our clients’ wish lists. Choose pegs which are strong and sturdy so that you can hang up your heavy winter coats but are also stylish – remember they won’t always be covered with clothing.

 

 

Capacious Cupboards

In any house there are certain everyday items which are never going look pretty if on display and so you’re likely to want to put them behind closed doors … and that’s exactly why every boot room needs plenty of cupboard space. Pop away the hoover, hang up the dogs’ leads, stash away the umbrellas and conceal the clutter inside hand painted cupboards with plenty of rail space for those extra coats not needed until next season.

 

Shelving

Plenty of shelving is always handy in a boot room for items such as dog biscuits and bowls, boot polish and brushes, cleaning products and cloths, as well as vases, picnic blankets and trugs. We like to pay as much attention to the interiors of our cupboards as the externals to ensure they look beautiful inside and out, as well as use high quality oak or maple to ensure Rencraft furniture stands the test of time.

As well as interior shelving, we also like to incorporate open shelving into our designs to allow clients to showcase items such as family heirlooms, sporting trophies and meaningful memorabilia to add a little pop of personality to the room.

Expert design with you in mind

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them and the way they want to use the space. One of our favourite examples is this custom storage area which we designed for a gentleman who owns a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which deserve to be kept on show for all to admire, as well as be easily accessible but carefully stored to avoid damage.

 

 

Chat to us about your project

If you have a boot room project in mind, then why not come and visit us in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms to see how we have created a beautiful boot room in our basement which flows seamlessly into a country house kitchen display complete with concealed breakfast pantry, Belfast sink and Aga cooker.

The country house must-have

Beautiful Boot Rooms

Never get too big for your boots!

Half term is upon us and so is the seemingly never-ending rain, bringing along with it mud splattered wellies, sodden dogs and water dripping off wax jackets onto the floor. And let’s not forget the hockey sticks, rugby boots and tennis racquets brought home at the end of every term, not to mention the trainers scattered all over the hallway floor and the all too familiar cry of “Has anyone seen my hat?”

In a world full of hustle and bustle, keeping muddy paws at bay and a semblance of order to the clutter which sometimes seems to grow its own legs is a must, but how can we achieve it?

Our answer is the boot room.

What exactly is a boot room?

The boot room is one of the top interior design trends in 2024 but country houses are no strangers to this workhorse space which has the important purpose of keeping the outside from entering the rest of the house by cleverly bridging the gap between the exterior and interior.

Sometimes called a mud room, or bootility room for those who want to incorporate an area for laundry, the boot room creates another point of entrance to the home and is most commonly located at the rear of the property, providing a multifunctional place to store dog leads, shoes, coats, boots, cold weather gear, wellies and walking sticks.

Tips from our designers

But with so many items to find a nook or cranny for, how can you find that all-important blend of stylish storage with functionality? Here are our top tips for the perfect boot room:

Cubby Holes

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to leave the house but being unable to find your other shoe (last seen in the puppy’s mouth and now probably under a sofa!) or matching gloves, so we love to include a tower of floor to ceiling cubby holes. Not only do these provide ample storage for shoes, boots, scarves and hats but they also make it easy for the children to tidy away their possessions after a day at school.

Seating with Storage

Items like wellies and sports equipment can be more difficult to store tidily so we like to create seating areas with hinged lids which open up to reveal deep storage boxes. This has the double purpose of providing a place to put on or take off your shoes which is especially useful after a long dog walk.

 

 

Plenty of Pegs

A run of pegs is essential for hanging coats and jackets so making sure you have plenty but that they are spaced out enough to avoid coats bunching together, is always at the top of our clients’ wish lists. Choose pegs which are strong and sturdy so that you can hang up your heavy winter coats but are also stylish – remember they won’t always be covered with clothing.

 

 

Capacious Cupboards

In any house there are certain everyday items which are never going look pretty if on display and so you’re likely to want to put them behind closed doors … and that’s exactly why every boot room needs plenty of cupboard space. Pop away the hoover, hang up the dogs’ leads, stash away the umbrellas and conceal the clutter inside hand painted cupboards with plenty of rail space for those extra coats not needed until next season.

 

Shelving

Plenty of shelving is always handy in a boot room for items such as dog biscuits and bowls, boot polish and brushes, cleaning products and cloths, as well as vases, picnic blankets and trugs. We like to pay as much attention to the interiors of our cupboards as the externals to ensure they look beautiful inside and out, as well as use high quality oak or maple to ensure Rencraft furniture stands the test of time.

As well as interior shelving, we also like to incorporate open shelving into our designs to allow clients to showcase items such as family heirlooms, sporting trophies and meaningful memorabilia to add a little pop of personality to the room.

Expert design with you in mind

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them and the way they want to use the space. One of our favourite examples is this custom storage area which we designed for a gentleman who owns a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which deserve to be kept on show for all to admire, as well as be easily accessible but carefully stored to avoid damage.

 

 

Chat to us about your project

If you have a boot room project in mind, then why not come and visit us in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms to see how we have created a beautiful boot room in our basement which flows seamlessly into a country house kitchen display complete with concealed breakfast pantry, Belfast sink and Aga cooker.

Discover the hottest kitchen trends coming in 2024!

Black Kitchen by SieMatic with Bora induction hob and Bora ovens.

Black Kitchens

When it comes to making a bold statement with your new kitchen, then plumping for a black kitchen is not only very on-trend in 2024, but it’s also unfailingly stylish and sophisticated.

But opting for such a dark colour can lead to some pitfalls so, if you’re thinking of choosing black for your new kitchen project, why not speak to one of our expert designers who will be able to help you achieve that all important balance between dark and light elements, as well as advise you on key features such as lighting.

This penthouse kitchen is the perfect example of how you can marry painted wall panelling with a deep earthy tone on the island, as well as a light coloured worktop, all brought together with subtle lighting by Buster & Punch. We also added accents of black with our use of Bora ovens in a letterbox arrangement and a Bora induction hob, Bora Tepan stainless steel grill and downdraft on the island to complete the look.

Black Kitchen by SieMatic with Bora induction hob and Bora ovens.
Green Butchers Block with Green Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinets

Green Is On The Move

Functional, stylish and flexible, freestanding furniture is set to be a popular trend in 2024 and, as we are big believers in creating kitchens from individually designed and handmade pieces of furniture, we couldn’t be more pleased.

This handcrafted table, complete with butcher’s block, is a fantastic addition to any kitchen space and an ideal way to freshen up a room with its vibrant and equally on-trend green hues. In this kitchen we have positioned the table in the middle of the room as an alternative to a kitchen island and completed the look with a stunning concealed breakfast pantry and Aga range cooker on either side.

Handmade cutlery insert knife block within drawer.

Stylish Storage

Stylish storage solutions are at the top of most of our clients’ wish lists and we firmly believe that the inside of our cabinetry should be just as beautiful as the outside. We don’t like to use metal racks but stick to what we know best – handmade wooden interiors which are expertly crafted to feel like exquisite pieces of individual furniture.

But it doesn’t stop there as practicality is also at the heart of all we do. So, if you’re looking for more space to store your baking equipment, want ample shelving to store dry goods in neatly labelled Kilner jars, or want to declutter your work surfaces but still have your coffee machine and blender easily available, then we will design the perfect solution just for you.

Handmade cutlery insert knife block within drawer.
Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

Zoned Living Spaces

With the kitchen being the central hub of the home, we often find ourselves all in one room but for different reasons. Take a weeknight, for example – homework needs to be tackled, sports kit washed, dinner prepared, the day’s events caught up on and a good old G&T needs making. So how do we spend time together all in one space without cramping each other’s style? The answer: clever zoning.

This project is a great example of a family who wanted to spend more time together in their kitchen but still wanted distinct areas for cooking, socialising and relaxing, as well as a spot for their stunning cocktail bar to help their parties go with a swing.

Contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic kitchen island, Buster and Punch lighting, Bora hob and Bora ovens.

Island Cooking

The kitchen island is almost always a must-have for our clients but 2024 is bringing a new edge to this firm favourite with trends such as combination and elevated islands coming to the fore. As well as designing show-stopping places to prep food and dine, we often introduce our clients to the concept of island cooking by asking the question: “Why cook staring at the wall, when you can face your friends and family and make it a more social experience?”

Our designers are extremely experienced in all things Bora and their elegant and minimalist induction hobs with built-in downdraft extractors make them the perfect choice for a kitchen island. You could even add a sink and under-counter refrigeration to make cooking whilst entertaining a total breeze.

Contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic kitchen island, Buster and Punch lighting, Bora hob and Bora ovens.
Black waterfall kitchen island with orange insert and handpainted green cabinetry.

Bold Colour Choices

Colour has popped back into our lives in 2024 in a big way and glossy magazines are awash with ideas of how to incorporate the famous Peach Fuzz into our lives. It’s essential however, that any colour choices are carefully considered before taking the final plunge into the paint pot and that is why our expert designers are perfectly placed to assist you with your choices.

This project is a wonderful example of how really bold colour choices can work in perfect harmony together in a cleverly designed space. With the right advice, you might even be brave enough to be bolder than you think, so why not make an appointment with one of our designers to see how you can push the colour palette boundaries in style!

High Drama Marble

We like to view marble as a piece of art rather than just a work surface and that’s why we are delighted that high drama marble is pushing itself forward in 2024. Gone are the days of plain white work surfaces and now we are welcoming bold colours, jaw-droppingly beautiful veining and even fluted marble sinks in to our homes.

If you’re keen to choose a bold statement piece to create a stunning focal point in your new kitchen then our showrooms in Tunbridge Wells are a must visit, as is a chat with one of our designers who can advise you on the pros and cons of using natural materials in your kitchen and guide you on style and colour choices to complement your kitchen cabinetry.

Modern Bespoke Kitchen

Metallic Tones

When it comes to metallic tones, this kitchen island really is the dream! We sourced these bronze flat-fronted panels with patina finish especially for our client who wanted to blend the simplicity and straight lines of the waterfall island with the beauty of bronze.

To add the perfect finishing touch, we also added subtle lighting to allow the metallic hues to glint and glow, as well as evolve throughout the day. Whether the island is basking in the morning’s natural light or glimmering in the peace of the evening, it is a truly beautiful feature to behold.