BE INSPIRED

Our Lookbook

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

BE INSPIRED

Our Lookbook

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

Designed exclusively for you

At Rencraft we are proud to offer a complete design service and, should you want to visit our workshop at any point during the process, you can see your cabinetry being handmade by our team of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.

In this blog we look at the role of the designer and how we work to build a close rapport with our clients to ensure that we provide exceptional customer service with an individual, personal touch.

Kitchen designer Rencraft award-winning showrooms Tunbridge Wells

Here to hold your hand

From your very first meeting to the design sign-off, during installation and all the way through to worktop templating/fitting and a hand painted finish, your designer will be on hand to support you throughout the process. We understand that a home improvement project can seem quite daunting and that’s exactly why having one point of contact not only allows you to build trust and a relationship with your designer, but also means you have someone to bounce ideas off and answer any questions you have at any stage. As well as helping you make decisions about your new kitchen layout, building materials, storage solutions and colour, our friendly and approachable team are extremely experienced and so perfectly placed to guide you on matters such as handles, worktops, flooring, lighting, and appliances.

A listening ear

Jonathan Reynolds Rencraft Kitchen Designer Kent

Our designers are adept listeners who use their experience and intuition to help identify the needs of the client. Before your first meeting, you will speak to your personal designer on the phone and they will ask you to think about some questions to help them build a picture of you and your lifestyle. The most important consideration is what you want the primary usage of your kitchen to be – a food prep area for the budding chef in the family or a social space which can be used for dining, relaxing and socialising.

They will also ask you to weigh up what you like and dislike about your current kitchen, whether you want freestanding or integrated appliances, and if you would like a central kitchen island or would prefer a peninsula. Some of our clients also find it useful to compile a features wish list which is particularly helpful when thinking about storage and whether you want a walk-in pantry or larder, deep plate drawers or cupboards with shelves, as well as help you make choices such as whether you will plump for in-frame Shaker doors or handleless, slab doors.

Your designer will also ask whether you have any additional building works ongoing so that we can look to liaise with any other trades involved to make your kitchen installation as smooth a process as possible.

The answer to all your problems

John Stephens Rencraft Ashton Taylor-Smith Designer Grade 1 Listed Kent Property Bespoke Kitchen Design

Our designers are natural problem solvers and approach all projects with a can-do attitude and positivity. We relish projects where we can work with awkward spaces and we love to treat buildings’ quirks not as pitfalls but rather as opportunities to open up the potential of spaces to create a truly bespoke design. Our designers may present you with different layout scenarios to combine your wish list with their expertise but will always ensure that you are offered all possibilities, and the final design is the perfect kitchen of which you have always dreamed.

Come and meet us

Grey painted shaker kitchen in Rencraft showroom Tunbridge Wells Kent with pot filler tap, peninsula island and SubZeroWolf appliances.

 

If you would like to talk one of our designers about your new kitchen or living space project, please call us on 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk . Alternatively, you can contact us via the button below to make an appointment.

 

Made-to-measure for your lifestyle

The Role of the Designer

Designed exclusively for you

At Rencraft we are proud to offer a complete design service and, should you want to visit our workshop at any point during the process, you can see your cabinetry being handmade by our team of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.

In this blog we look at the role of the designer and how we work to build a close rapport with our clients to ensure that we provide exceptional customer service with an individual, personal touch.

Kitchen designer Rencraft award-winning showrooms Tunbridge Wells

Here to hold your hand

From your very first meeting to the design sign-off, during installation and all the way through to worktop templating/fitting and a hand painted finish, your designer will be on hand to support you throughout the process. We understand that a home improvement project can seem quite daunting and that’s exactly why having one point of contact not only allows you to build trust and a relationship with your designer, but also means you have someone to bounce ideas off and answer any questions you have at any stage. As well as helping you make decisions about your new kitchen layout, building materials, storage solutions and colour, our friendly and approachable team are extremely experienced and so perfectly placed to guide you on matters such as handles, worktops, flooring, lighting, and appliances.

A listening ear

Jonathan Reynolds Rencraft Kitchen Designer Kent

Our designers are adept listeners who use their experience and intuition to help identify the needs of the client. Before your first meeting, you will speak to your personal designer on the phone and they will ask you to think about some questions to help them build a picture of you and your lifestyle. The most important consideration is what you want the primary usage of your kitchen to be – a food prep area for the budding chef in the family or a social space which can be used for dining, relaxing and socialising.

They will also ask you to weigh up what you like and dislike about your current kitchen, whether you want freestanding or integrated appliances, and if you would like a central kitchen island or would prefer a peninsula. Some of our clients also find it useful to compile a features wish list which is particularly helpful when thinking about storage and whether you want a walk-in pantry or larder, deep plate drawers or cupboards with shelves, as well as help you make choices such as whether you will plump for in-frame Shaker doors or handleless, slab doors.

Your designer will also ask whether you have any additional building works ongoing so that we can look to liaise with any other trades involved to make your kitchen installation as smooth a process as possible.

The answer to all your problems

John Stephens Rencraft Ashton Taylor-Smith Designer Grade 1 Listed Kent Property Bespoke Kitchen Design

Our designers are natural problem solvers and approach all projects with a can-do attitude and positivity. We relish projects where we can work with awkward spaces and we love to treat buildings’ quirks not as pitfalls but rather as opportunities to open up the potential of spaces to create a truly bespoke design. Our designers may present you with different layout scenarios to combine your wish list with their expertise but will always ensure that you are offered all possibilities, and the final design is the perfect kitchen of which you have always dreamed.

Come and meet us

Grey painted shaker kitchen in Rencraft showroom Tunbridge Wells Kent with pot filler tap, peninsula island and SubZeroWolf appliances.

 

If you would like to talk one of our designers about your new kitchen or living space project, please call us on 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk . Alternatively, you can contact us via the button below to make an appointment.

 

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.

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.

The recipe for these mouthwatering little treats was devised by Robin Read, our friend and neighbour in Tunbridge Wells who will be opening the doors to The Counter at 77, Calverley Road in May.

These traditional French cakes originate from Bordeaux and are so called because the translation of canelé is “fluted.” Their elegant shape is created by using copper moulds which help create a caramelised and crunchy outside, as well as a deliciously soft centre which is similar to a crème brulée.

The dessert is said to date back as far as the 15th Century when wine producers in the South West of France still used egg whites to seal their wine barrels and so found themselves with too many egg yolks and the canelé was born!

Ingredients

·       175ml sweetened condensed milk 

·       30g melted unsalted butter

·       220g sugar 

·       120g strong flour

·       90g whole eggs

·       20g egg yolks

·       37ml rum 

·       300ml water

·       30g milk powder

 

Extra butter for greasing.

16 canelé moulds.

 

Method

Make the batter a day in advance.

1. Mix the sweetened condensed milk, melted butter, sugar, flour, eggs, yolks, and rum together in a bowl and set aside.

2. Put the water into a pan and bring to the boil.

3. Add the milk powder and whisk until dissolved. 

4. Add the hot water and milk powder mixture to the bowl with the flour, and mix together until smooth

5. Pass the mixture through a sieve and chill for 24 hours.

6. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

7. Remove the canelé mixture from the fridge and pour into your greased canelé moulds.

8. Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius in a fan assisted oven.

9. Turn the temperature down to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for a further 20 minutes.

10. Remove from the oven and cool before removing from the moulds.

Robin Read The Counter Private Dining Tunbridge Wells Rencraft Showrooms

Private Dining Experiences

If you’re looking for the ultimate private dining experience, look no further as we are delighted to have teamed up with Robin Read to offer private dining at our Tunbridge Wells showroom.

Gather together your favourite foodies and enjoy a 10 course seasonal tasting menu, each perfectly paired with a glass of wine in the luxurious surroundings of our award-winning show kitchens.

Robin Read The Counter Private Dining Tunbridge Wells Rencraft Showrooms

RENCRAFT AT HOME

Canelé by Robin Read
at The Counter

The recipe for these mouthwatering little treats was devised by Robin Read, our friend and neighbour in Tunbridge Wells who will be opening the doors to The Counter at 77, Calverley Road in May.

These traditional French cakes originate from Bordeaux and are so called because the translation of canelé is “fluted.” Their elegant shape is created by using copper moulds which help create a caramelised and crunchy outside, as well as a deliciously soft centre which is similar to a crème brulée.

The dessert is said to date back as far as the 15th Century when wine producers in the South West of France still used egg whites to seal their wine barrels and so found themselves with too many egg yolks and the canelé was born!

Ingredients

·       175ml sweetened condensed milk 

·       30g melted unsalted butter

·       220g sugar 

·       120g strong flour

·       90g whole eggs

·       20g egg yolks

·       37ml rum 

·       300ml water

·       30g milk powder

 

Extra butter for greasing.

16 canelé moulds.

 

Method

Make the batter a day in advance.

1. Mix the sweetened condensed milk, melted butter, sugar, flour, eggs, yolks, and rum together in a bowl and set aside.

2. Put the water into a pan and bring to the boil.

3. Add the milk powder and whisk until dissolved. 

4. Add the hot water and milk powder mixture to the bowl with the flour, and mix together until smooth

5. Pass the mixture through a sieve and chill for 24 hours.

6. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

7. Remove the canelé mixture from the fridge and pour into your greased canelé moulds.

8. Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius in a fan assisted oven.

9. Turn the temperature down to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for a further 20 minutes.

10. Remove from the oven and cool before removing from the moulds.

Robin Read The Counter Private Dining Tunbridge Wells Rencraft Showrooms

Private Dining Experiences

If you’re looking for the ultimate private dining experience, look no further as we are delighted to have teamed up with Robin Read to offer private dining at our Tunbridge Wells showroom.

Gather together your favourite foodies and enjoy a 10 course seasonal tasting menu, each perfectly paired with a glass of wine in the luxurious surroundings of our award-winning show kitchens.

Robin Read The Counter Private Dining Tunbridge Wells Rencraft Showrooms

Our award winning showrooms, just a stone's throw from Central London.

 

If you’re embarking on a home improvement journey and are looking for some inspiration for your kitchen, boot room, pantry, bar or home office, then look no further than our flagship showrooms in Royal Tunbridge Wells which has been crowned the UK’s best Kitchen Showrooms of the Year at the KBB Review Retail and Design Awards 2024.

Sitting proudly at 81, Calverley Road, our showrooms are every bit as bespoke as our kitchens, with 4 floors full of stunning displays showcasing everything from classic, Shaker-style kitchens to super sleek contemporary looks and everything in between.

Green painted Farrow and Ball Boot Room with oak shelving, shoe nook and bench seating.

Keep your boots in the basement

One half of our basement is all about country chic with this stylish boot room on display, complete with plenty of in-cupboard shelving, hanging space and cubby holes for shoes and boots, not forgetting a bespoke walking stick storage corner. Also known as a mud room or bootility, these functional spaces are a must-have for any family with a love of the outdoors.

Our boot room leads seamlessly into a farmhouse kitchen with a concealed breakfast pantry featuring bi-fold doors, a freestanding table with butcher’s block and a black Aga range cooker adjacent to a large Belfast sink and Perrin & Rowe tap beneath the window.

The second half of our basement is given over to a chef’s prep kitchen complete with walk-in pantry, as well as a wall of integrated refrigeration by Gaggenau, which provides ample storage for the grey Shaker-style kitchen which boasts a waterfall marble island with seating, and sits across from an impressive display of three Gaggenau ovens, a Bora induction hob and a Quooker hot water tap.

 

Green painted Farrow and Ball Boot Room with oak shelving, shoe nook and bench seating.

Our basement displays

Green painted breakfast nook with coffee machine, toaster and cereals and oak shelving and plate rack.
Grey painted shaker kitchen in Rencraft showroom Tunbridge Wells Kent with pot filler tap, peninsula island and SubZeroWolf appliances.

Stay grounded

When you walk in through the front door, you will feel more like you’re entering someone’s home than what one might expect from a typical kitchen showrooms as you’ll be greeted by two working kitchens and a grand, sweeping staircase.

On our ground floor we have two Shaker-style kitchens, one of which has been painted in a blush pink and the other in a light grey. Both kitchens showcase how a peninsula island can be used effectively, with one kitchen highlighting how a design using a hob on an island can create a more social aspect when cooking, whilst the other kitchen uses the island for seating and storage.

Our grey painted kitchen includes a range cooker by Wolf, complete with a gas hob and must-have of the moment – the pot filler tap, as well as a Wolf oven stack.

Our blush pink kitchen includes a Bora induction hob with downdraft extractor, large larder cupboards with bi-folding doors and a striking, circular metallic sink.

Grey painted shaker kitchen in Rencraft showroom Tunbridge Wells Kent with pot filler tap, peninsula island and SubZeroWolf appliances.

Our ground floor displays

First class marble

The first floor is accessed via a sweeping staircase which takes you to our Italian Kitchen which showcases a huge Carrara marble kitchen island with storage, Bora hob and induction, as well as a handcrafted oak, circular butcher’s block. There is a range of hand painted or glazed handmade cabinetry including a stunning full height natural oak glazed dresser with rounded corners to accentuate the tall ceilings. In between the sash windows is a pasta rolling bench created from Statutario marble and which has a height of 82cm – the perfect height for rolling pasta dough. On either side of the bench are two Wolf ovens with storage below. This kitchen also showcases a large, hand painted larder cupboard with bi-fold doors, bespoke banquette seating with shelving above and cabinetry surrounding SubZeroWolf appliances.

Opposite the Italian Kitchen is our Cinnamon Kitchen, a handleless Rencraft design which is a unique blend of our own handmade and handpainted cabinetry but with a modern & contemporary look. This kitchen is the gateway to our penthouse which is reached via a flight of stairs which also houses clever wine storage as an example of our bespoke storage solutions.

Our first floor displays

Modern contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic glass kitchen island, Bora hob and downdraft extractor, circular elevated kitchen island with bar stools and Buster and Punch lighting.

Penthouse perfection

81, The Penthouse has been completely remodelled and now boasts a contemporary design with glazed Crittall-style painted wooden doors leading to a designer’s office at the top of the staircase, as well as an ‘executive show office’ complete with AV systems and a sliding ladder to access a wall of cabinetry, a modular prep kitchen and a WestOne shower room.

The main focus on this floor is the bar and kitchen display which exudes sophistication in its ultra-modern design and SieMatic styling – Penthouse living at its best! The bar area utilises the light perfectly which streams in from the 5-metre-high lantern and bounces beautifully off the metallic elements of the worktop and walls. The flat-fronted cabinetry houses refrigeration and complements the stunning marble splashback and surround.

The kitchen display enjoys views across to some of Tunbridge Wells’s historic architecture and has double aspect windows to bring light into the dark and elegant SieMatic display. The extensive natural stone island with integrated Bora hob and Teppan interplays with the SieMatic Mondial table to stylishly combine geometric elements of straight lines and circles, giving a stylish yet functional look as well as comfortably seating 6 people. The run of handmade cabinetry at the end of the island houses two Bora ovens and is set adjacent to a run of integrated refrigeration units and a wine chiller. The Penthouse also boasts a sophisticated AV and lighting system throughout.

Modern contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic glass kitchen island, Bora hob and downdraft extractor, circular elevated kitchen island with bar stools and Buster and Punch lighting.

Our Penthouse displays

Contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic kitchen island, Buster and Punch lighting, Bora hob and Bora ovens. Cocktail bar with shelving, liquid metal worktop, marble splash back and marble sink, wine fridge and bar stools. Rencraft Kitchen Designer
Handmade walking sticks with oak bench and oak shelving with green painted cabinetry.

The personal touch

Our showrooms are a must-visit for anyone who is considering a kitchen makeover or other home improvement project and our friendly designers will happily show you around the a veritable treasure trove of all the most highly sought-after kitchen trends.

We are open from 9am – 5.30pm from Monday to Friday or from 9.30 – 5pm on Saturdays and welcome all visitors, with or without an appointment.

Why not call 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk to arrange a meeting with one of our highly experienced designers?

Our showrooms from top to toe

KBB Review Retail & Design Awards 2024

Winner of Kitchen Showrooms of the Year

Our award winning showrooms, just a stone's throw from Central London.

 

If you’re embarking on a home improvement journey and are looking for some inspiration for your kitchen, boot room, pantry, bar or home office, then look no further than our flagship showrooms in Royal Tunbridge Wells which has been crowned the UK’s best Kitchen Showrooms of the Year at the KBB Review Retail and Design Awards 2024.

Sitting proudly at 81, Calverley Road, our showrooms are every bit as bespoke as our kitchens, with 4 floors full of stunning displays showcasing everything from classic, Shaker-style kitchens to super sleek contemporary looks and everything in between.

Green painted Farrow and Ball Boot Room with oak shelving, shoe nook and bench seating.

Keep your boots in the basement

One half of our basement is all about country chic with this stylish boot room on display, complete with plenty of in-cupboard shelving, hanging space and cubby holes for shoes and boots, not forgetting a bespoke walking stick storage corner. Also known as a mud room or bootility, these functional spaces are a must-have for any family with a love of the outdoors.

Our boot room leads seamlessly into a farmhouse kitchen with a concealed breakfast pantry featuring bi-fold doors, a freestanding table with butcher’s block and a black Aga range cooker adjacent to a large Belfast sink and Perrin & Rowe tap beneath the window.

The second half of our basement is given over to a chef’s prep kitchen complete with walk-in pantry, as well as a wall of integrated refrigeration by Gaggenau, which provides ample storage for the grey Shaker-style kitchen which boasts a waterfall marble island with seating, and sits across from an impressive display of three Gaggenau ovens, a Bora induction hob and a Quooker hot water tap.

 

Green painted Farrow and Ball Boot Room with oak shelving, shoe nook and bench seating.

Our basement displays

Green painted breakfast nook with coffee machine, toaster and cereals and oak shelving and plate rack.
Grey painted shaker kitchen in Rencraft showroom Tunbridge Wells Kent with pot filler tap, peninsula island and SubZeroWolf appliances.

Stay grounded

When you walk in through the front door, you will feel more like you’re entering someone’s home than what one might expect from a typical kitchen showrooms as you’ll be greeted by two working kitchens and a grand, sweeping staircase.

On our ground floor we have two Shaker-style kitchens, one of which has been painted in a blush pink and the other in a light grey. Both kitchens showcase how a peninsula island can be used effectively, with one kitchen highlighting how a design using a hob on an island can create a more social aspect when cooking, whilst the other kitchen uses the island for seating and storage.

Our grey painted kitchen includes a range cooker by Wolf, complete with a gas hob and must-have of the moment – the pot filler tap, as well as a Wolf oven stack.

Our blush pink kitchen includes a Bora induction hob with downdraft extractor, large larder cupboards with bi-folding doors and a striking, circular metallic sink.

Grey painted shaker kitchen in Rencraft showroom Tunbridge Wells Kent with pot filler tap, peninsula island and SubZeroWolf appliances.

Our ground floor displays

First class marble

The first floor is accessed via a sweeping staircase which takes you to our Italian Kitchen which showcases a huge Carrara marble kitchen island with storage, Bora hob and induction, as well as a handcrafted oak, circular butcher’s block. There is a range of hand painted or glazed handmade cabinetry including a stunning full height natural oak glazed dresser with rounded corners to accentuate the tall ceilings. In between the sash windows is a pasta rolling bench created from Statutario marble and which has a height of 82cm – the perfect height for rolling pasta dough. On either side of the bench are two Wolf ovens with storage below. This kitchen also showcases a large, hand painted larder cupboard with bi-fold doors, bespoke banquette seating with shelving above and cabinetry surrounding SubZeroWolf appliances.

Opposite the Italian Kitchen is our Cinnamon Kitchen, a handleless Rencraft design which is a unique blend of our own handmade and handpainted cabinetry but with a modern & contemporary look. This kitchen is the gateway to our penthouse which is reached via a flight of stairs which also houses clever wine storage as an example of our bespoke storage solutions.

Our first floor displays

Modern contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic glass kitchen island, Bora hob and downdraft extractor, circular elevated kitchen island with bar stools and Buster and Punch lighting.

Penthouse perfection

81, The Penthouse has been completely remodelled and now boasts a contemporary design with glazed Crittall-style painted wooden doors leading to a designer’s office at the top of the staircase, as well as an ‘executive show office’ complete with AV systems and a sliding ladder to access a wall of cabinetry, a modular prep kitchen and a WestOne shower room.

The main focus on this floor is the bar and kitchen display which exudes sophistication in its ultra-modern design and SieMatic styling – Penthouse living at its best! The bar area utilises the light perfectly which streams in from the 5-metre-high lantern and bounces beautifully off the metallic elements of the worktop and walls. The flat-fronted cabinetry houses refrigeration and complements the stunning marble splashback and surround.

The kitchen display enjoys views across to some of Tunbridge Wells’s historic architecture and has double aspect windows to bring light into the dark and elegant SieMatic display. The extensive natural stone island with integrated Bora hob and Teppan interplays with the SieMatic Mondial table to stylishly combine geometric elements of straight lines and circles, giving a stylish yet functional look as well as comfortably seating 6 people. The run of handmade cabinetry at the end of the island houses two Bora ovens and is set adjacent to a run of integrated refrigeration units and a wine chiller. The Penthouse also boasts a sophisticated AV and lighting system throughout.

Modern contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic glass kitchen island, Bora hob and downdraft extractor, circular elevated kitchen island with bar stools and Buster and Punch lighting.

Our Penthouse displays

Contemporary kitchen design with SieMatic kitchen island, Buster and Punch lighting, Bora hob and Bora ovens. Cocktail bar with shelving, liquid metal worktop, marble splash back and marble sink, wine fridge and bar stools. Rencraft Kitchen Designer
Handmade walking sticks with oak bench and oak shelving with green painted cabinetry.

The personal touch

Our showrooms are a must-visit for anyone who is considering a kitchen makeover or other home improvement project and our friendly designers will happily show you around the a veritable treasure trove of all the most highly sought-after kitchen trends.

We are open from 9am – 5.30pm from Monday to Friday or from 9.30 – 5pm on Saturdays and welcome all visitors, with or without an appointment.

Why not call 01732 762682 or email info@rencraft.co.uk to arrange a meeting with one of our highly experienced designers?

Our showrooms from top to toe

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.

Rhubarb & Custard Cake

 

With forced rhubarb back on our shelves, why not treat yourself with this delightful dessert which celebrates the joy of Spring with its vibrant pink stalks and tangy flavour. This harmonious blend of tart rhubarb and creamy custard, captures the freshness and abundance of this beloved springtime ingredient, with each mouthful transporting you to a quintessentially English garden where the vibrant colours and sweet aromas of rhubarb reign supreme.

Ingredients

Pastry Cream

  • 170 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 35 g white sugar
  • 10 g cornflour or 30g of plain flour
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt

Cake

  • 175 g softened butter
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 5 tsp baking powder

Topping

  • 400 g rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 30 g butter, melted
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 1 cardamom pod seeds

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C and grease an 18cm cake tin.
  2. Prepare the pastry cream by heating the milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Do not let it boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, white sugar, cornflour and salt until well combined.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Return the mixture to a clean saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a more viscous custard. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, with clingfilm covering it to stop a skin from forming.
  4. Prepare the rhubarb by washing it, slicing it lengthways, either cutting it into diagonal diamond pieces to form a geometric pattern later on, or roughly chopping it ready to scatter on top on for a more informal look.
  5. Next, heat the butter and sugar until dissolved with the cardamom seeds, then add the rhubarb. Stir and cook for two minutes, then set aside to cool down.
Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Method (continued)

6. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 5-6 minutes. Gradually add the vanilla extract and beaten eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. It is likely to curdle but it will come together at a later stage, so don’t panic!

7. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add this to the butter-sugar-egg mixture, folding until just combined.

8. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.

9. Next, spread the pastry cream over the entire cake batter, getting it right to the edges.

10. Arrange the rhubarb pieces on top of the pastry cream.

11. Bake for 1 hour or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

12. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool for another ten minutes.

13. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with a handful of flaked almonds, a dusting of icing sugar and scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Top Tip

This cake is best enjoyed on the day it is made, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

RENCRAFT AT HOME

Rhubarb & Custard Cake

Rhubarb & Custard Cake

 

With forced rhubarb back on our shelves, why not treat yourself with this delightful dessert which celebrates the joy of Spring with its vibrant pink stalks and tangy flavour. This harmonious blend of tart rhubarb and creamy custard, captures the freshness and abundance of this beloved springtime ingredient, with each mouthful transporting you to a quintessentially English garden where the vibrant colours and sweet aromas of rhubarb reign supreme.

Ingredients

Pastry Cream

  • 170 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 35 g white sugar
  • 10 g cornflour or 30g of plain flour
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt

Cake

  • 175 g softened butter
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 5 tsp baking powder

Topping

  • 400 g rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 30 g butter, melted
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 1 cardamom pod seeds

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C and grease an 18cm cake tin.
  2. Prepare the pastry cream by heating the milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Do not let it boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, white sugar, cornflour and salt until well combined.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Return the mixture to a clean saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a more viscous custard. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, with clingfilm covering it to stop a skin from forming.
  4. Prepare the rhubarb by washing it, slicing it lengthways, either cutting it into diagonal diamond pieces to form a geometric pattern later on, or roughly chopping it ready to scatter on top on for a more informal look.
  5. Next, heat the butter and sugar until dissolved with the cardamom seeds, then add the rhubarb. Stir and cook for two minutes, then set aside to cool down.
Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Method (continued)

6. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 5-6 minutes. Gradually add the vanilla extract and beaten eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. It is likely to curdle but it will come together at a later stage, so don’t panic!

7. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add this to the butter-sugar-egg mixture, folding until just combined.

8. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.

9. Next, spread the pastry cream over the entire cake batter, getting it right to the edges.

10. Arrange the rhubarb pieces on top of the pastry cream.

11. Bake for 1 hour or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

12. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool for another ten minutes.

13. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with a handful of flaked almonds, a dusting of icing sugar and scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Top Tip

This cake is best enjoyed on the day it is made, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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.

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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.

The thirty second tidy up

 

We’ve all had that horrifying moment when there’s an unexpected visitor at the door and you realise the breakfast things are still scattered across the island, the blender hasn’t quite made it back into its awkward spot at the back of the cupboard, and let’s not even begin to think about the mud-caked sports kit which is waiting to be tackled.

So how can we go about ensuring that keeping our homes free of clutter is as easy as Mary Poppins’s magical clicking of the fingers? The answer? A cleverly designed kitchen which lends as much attention to the inside of the cupboards as the outside.

Blue and pink Shaker Kitchen Island

Out with the old

Whilst many of us may live in older, period properties, the way in which we live our lives has changed hugely over the last few decades and we no longer want a kitchen which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the house. The kitchen in 2023 is the central hub of the home, a multi-functional hive of activity which is no longer just for cooking and eating, but also used for socialising, entertaining, working from home, the dreaded homework and, most importantly, relaxing.

And, with the kitchen being such an important room in your home, it’s essential that it’s a tidy, uncluttered space where everything (including the emergency New Year’s Eve party wine glasses and Christmas themed Bundt tin) has a home.

Blue and pink Shaker Kitchen Island

Perfectly tailored to you

It’s often said that one of the most important elements of a kitchen design is what’s behind the doors, but regular surveys of homeowners suggest that over 60% of us are unhappy with our kitchen storage. It’s certainly true to say that, when our clients first come and see us at the beginning of their new kitchen journeys, the majority have “plenty of storage” at the top of their wish lists.

Fortunately for our clients these are details that we are expertly experienced at featuring in our designs because when we say our kitchens and living spaces are handmade, we mean exactly that. Be it a Rencraft kitchen, boot room, cinema room or bedroom, we will get to know you, your space and your lifestyle before designing and building your cabinets from scratch, meaning that every element of your design is perfect for you.

Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

A kitchen as individual as you

And whilst some people might refer to quirky corners, low sloping ceilings and awkward alcoves as tricky spaces which need to somehow be worked around, we prefer to think of them as individual features which should be embraced.

Our bespoke kitchen design service means that we think of simply everything and offer beautiful, well-considered solutions which are both practical and stylish because we understand that getting the zoning right can make all the difference to how your kitchen looks and performs.

Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

Here are a few of our favourite bespoke solutions

The walk-in pantry

If you’re a keen cook or have your heart set on winning The Bake Off, the struggle of keeping all your dry ingredients in a neat, functional & organised space will be real. But don’t despair because a walk-in pantry is the answer to all your lost pasta flour woes! Just imagine a world where you can stand and view your rows of perfectly aligned glass jars at eye level, as well as label their contents so that whatever you’re looking for will always be ready to hand. And, if space allows, your pantry can also help you alleviate competition for worktop space with the inclusion of a marble work surface perfect for prepping.

Larders and appliance garages

One of this year’s kitchen trends is freestanding furniture and this means that larders have become a must-have feature. But why not make it more than just a simple storage cupboard by adding power points, transforming your cupboard into an appliance garage and creating a space for you to stow away items such as the kettle, toaster and blender.

Not only this, a beautifully designed bespoke cabinet will also provide you with ample storage, as well as free up wall space, so creating a more relaxed personal living space and giving you back hanging space for that beautiful mirror or piece of art.

Hidden away

Sometimes it’s a shame to interrupt the flow of a run of cabinets with a doorway to the utility or boot room, so why not speak to us about incorporating a ‘secret’ door into your kitchen design. This clever concept will allow you to avoid a disjointed look, as well as inject some fun and flair into your living space; definitely one to impress your guests with at your first dinner party in your new kitchen!

On display

Having considered some of the hidden options and their benefits, don’t close your mind to open storage. Floating shelves are a very popular choice with our clients, as they provide a stylish way to display your more decorative and treasured items.

As well as shelving, we also regularly design open storage features under kitchen islands, pantries and a multitude of other nooks and crannies, including under the stairs and even in a disused chimney breast!

Walnut flat front drawers

Keeping order

We are huge fans of nifty solutions for less glamorous items such as pull-out bins and recycling containers in addition to solid wood cutlery inserts, wine racks, vegetable storage, concealed knife blocks in drawers, bespoke drinks cabinets and all manner of carefully thought-out drawers.

Wide, deep drawers allow simple organisation of pots and pans all in one accessible space and the simple design addition of a graduated drawer means lids can be stored separately to any shallower pans. A simple pan rack can also be added to a deep drawer, meaning no more rattling or scratching of your pans, or how about storing chinaware in deeper drawers, with the simple addition of a pegboard which can neatly separate dinnerware sets.

We can also make the matter of organising your shallow, top drawers (where cutlery and utensils tend to be stored) a breeze by making bespoke inserts to house everything from your chopsticks to your vintage hand whisk and candy thermometer.

Walnut flat front drawers

Practical and perfect in every way

Whichever bespoke solutions you decide on with your kitchen designer, whether you’re a budding Mary Berry or a stickler for tidiness, your new Rencraft kitchen will delight you with more storage than Mary Poppins’s famous carpet bag.