Mr & Mrs Kennedy - Stirlingshire, Stirlingshire

The brief

To create a light, modern, functional kitchen with high-tech appliances. The clients wanted a spacious room in which to cook, dine and entertain that would flow into the family area where their children and grandchildren often gathered, allowing whoever was cooking to join in the conversation. The colours and finishes were inspired by the clients’ brief, which stipulated warm wood tones that would connect the kitchen with the dining and family areas.

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In order to combine all the various elements the clients were looking for, it was clear that the design would need a central island shaped not only to allow the family to make full use of the space around them, but also to give them that much-desired open feel, where those in the kitchen could converse easily with those in the main living area. The clients are keen cooks who spend a good deal of their time in the kitchen every day, so it was important that the cooking and prep areas, as well as the appliances, were all kept within easy proximity.

Elements of two Callerton ranges, Valencia and Trio, were used for the majority of the kitchen units, along with appliances and fixtures from Gaggenau, Blanco, Quooker and Sub-Zero. There’s also an impressive extractor (Faber’s Nest design), whose height can be controlled – the owner can bring it closer to the hob when cooking, before allowing it to rise when not in use.

Helping to keep the room feeling as spacious as possible are the finishes – gloss paint on the doors, pale flooring and plenty of glass throughout, all allowing light to be reflected around the kitchen. In many settings, this amount of block white colouring might generate an almost clinical feel; here, though, the room remains a warm and welcoming space thanks to the addition of walnut finishes, warm ambient lighting and Intaglio’s toughened-glass Optiwhite splashback in the lively Autumn Oak colourway. The Starlight White Silestone worktops and gloss units ensure this kitchen is easy to maintain.

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“We have much more room to cook in, we love everything about our new kitchen - especially having the cooking area open so we can join in with all of the family conversations rather than looking at a wall!”