July Design of the Month – Mr and Mrs Shah

Check out this striking kitchen!  This eye-catching kitchen was designed by Oliver for Mr and Mrs Shah.

We really love the bold use of accent colour, a simple touch that really makes this kitchen stand out.

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The furniture is by German manufacturer Hacker with the door style 4030 high-gloss lacquer in basalt grey and magnolia.

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The worktop is Samsung quartz in Aleutian White, one of our most popular worktops.  We have this on display in our showroom, it’s hard to see in the photos but it has soft little speckles running through it.

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The two-tone kitchen combines the two warmer basalt grey and magnolia tones with the white walls and worktop, making an unusual combination.  The basalt grey has been used on the sink run and tall housing run, with the magnolia on the hob run on both the wall and base units.  Usually we would design all of the base units in the same colour, and this slight variation works really well, especially in this shape of kitchen, where you can see the whole room from the dining area, the distribution of colours works beautifully.

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The sink run is pictured above.  This kitchen benefits from ample worktop and preparation space.

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The island is home to a breakfast bar which is simply just an extension of worktop, keeping the sleek lines and a space to tuck stools under when not in use. The breakfast bar is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat or chat about the day while the chef of the house prepares dinner.

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The view from the dining area, pictured above.

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Mr and Mrs Shah opted for a combi-set hob, with a combination of domino gas wok burner and a Flexi-zone induction hob by Neff.  This way, the family can get the best of both cooking styles, with the speed, cleanliness, safety and efficiency of induction, and the speed and ease of use for traditional wok style cooking on the gas.

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The glass splashback is a very clever comination of two colours:  The striking vibrant purple, with the recess behind the extractor in a colour to match the basalt grey furniture doors.  The glass company very cleverly only needed one piece of glass for the two colours, reducing cost and the need to have a join.

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We really like this corner solution, Oliver has used discreet push-to-open doors in what would usually be a dark recess area that clutter gathers.  This clever design allows the doors to blend in, with the magnolia doors next to the dark basalt tall housings, keeping them the accent feature of the kitchen.

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Above is a picture of the corner doors open, showing how much storage you can get.

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The island has a vast worktop, with plenty of preparation space so the chef of the house can chat with the family about the day, or impress friends sitting at the breakfast bar over a glass of wine.

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Its probably not to clear to see, but the above picture shows the glass splashback which is painted in two colours, despite being only one piece of glass.  This clever solution was suggested by the glass suppliers, and means that there won’t be any joins for grease to sit in.  The top colour reflects the basalt grey found in the accent furniture doors.

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The sink is an undermount sink, set beneath the polished quartz, with a recessed drainer cut into it, making the sink run look sleek and tidy.  We like the tri-flow tap, giving hot, cold and drinking water out of the one curved design spout.P1000375 (Large)

This kitchen is a beauty, a convincing argument for strong colours to be used for backsplashes – no shying away with neutral colours!  We love the clever use of accent doors and simple, sleek layout.

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Shah for choosing such a bold colour and allowing us to share this fun project with you.