How do you give classic Shaker lines a thoroughly modern interpretation? That was our challenge in this kitchen which saw us use the same Suffolk cabinetry, painted in Ink, to create a fresh, contemporary space that delivers plenty of character with minimal fuss.
Awkward architectural details meant this kitchen needed extra thought to create an interesting and workable space. As the room didn’t lend itself to a symmetrical approach, we built out from one focal point – the sink under the window – and then balanced this with a Charlecote island and a sleek, modern induction hob which created three, well-spaced focal points in the room. To add interest to the main run of closed cabinets, we introduced a break-front cabinet for the oven and kept the lines of the cooker hood simple so they didn’t dominate the space. As the room allowed for an impressive double larder cupboard, we left the area under the Charlecote island free to give a light, airy feeling and chose a muted palette of Ink and off-white to compliment the contemporary, white work surfaces. “Finally,” says Becky, “to pull all the elements together, we used half-wall panelling, open shelving and a plate rack to add visual depth to this modern interpretation of the Suffolk collection.”