Amanda & Keith came to Idesign seeking inspiration for an inherited kitchen which had always been lacking and had never ‘really worked’. The dark chestnut units were dated and the existing unit arrangement clumsy and poorly illuminated.

Amanda’s brief was to make the room bright; she was particularly drawn to the more traditional style kitchens in soft, neutral tones. Practicality and function was essential as Amanda is a keen cook and likes to entertain.

One of the first things to greet you when you entered the room was the side of a tall double oven housing, next to this was a gas hob leaving little preparation space. Louise’s first suggestion was to re-site the oven to the right hand side of the window; she included a compact integrated microwave oven to this area. This cleared a large run of worktop leaving ample room for preparation and serving.

A central island was incorporated complete with a gas hob and decorative chimney hood, perfectly situated close to both the sink and oven. Extra worktop here allows room for a stool where friends can sit and share secrets with the chef.

Amanda & Keith were keen to add a freestanding American style fridge freezer. This was fitted between two pullout larders providing ample storage, topped off with a large wine rack above.

The kitchen was fitted in cream raised and fielded style doors with tongue and groove panelling, hi gloss black worktops for the light reflective quality and plenty of practical lighting in the form of ceiling spotlights, under cabinet lighting and plinth lights, all independently switched for atmosphere.

Amanda & Keith were so happy with the end result that some time later they commissioned Idesign to create a utility room around a very special member of the family ‘Bonnie’ their West Highland Terrier and her need for a bath after long walkies.