Designed by Rebecca Reynolds
After adding a double-height extension to their Victorian period property in Great Maplestead, Essex, clients Mr and Mrs Jiggins wanted a beautiful, functional kitchen to make the most of the large space; a room with the WOW factor for entertaining friends and family. With an attractive island as the focal point and an integrated area for drinks complete with all the latest appliances, designer Rebecca Reynolds was tasked with creating a striking kitchen that would become the social hub of the home.
Stoneham’s classic yet contemporary in-frame Marlborough range in Walnut hit just the right note, with painted cabinetry in French Grey complementing the natural wood perfectly. The eye is instantly drawn to the central kitchen island, which also serves as a breakfast bar, in a contrasting dark zirconium with statement sharknose edging. The large room is framed with worktops in White Platinum Silestone to complete the bright, clean look.
Distinctive detailing makes the room a real talking point; an aubergine glass splashback adds a pop of colour for a contemporary twist, with soft furnishings to match. Custom pendant lights add warmth and cleverly highlight the island at the heart of the room.
The challenge was to make the huge area available work as a fully functioning and easy-to-use kitchen. Incorporating standout features, such as a drinks centre with integrated Miele coffee machine and a bespoke walnut wall unit built specially to house a large flat screen television, maximises the use of space. Complete with a selection of state-of-the-art cooking appliances from Miele and Neff and a Quooker boiling water tap, the room has been transformed into a stunning, ergonomic space – perfect for entertaining.