• Bespoke Kitchen Projects from Spencer Marchand

Contemporary cottage kitchen

The Client’s Brief

  • Contemporary kitchen with slick straight lines
  • Island with Breakfast bar to seat 4 people
  • Overflow dining space with freestanding sideboard and wall covering to compliment the kitchen
  • Overall design to blend with the modern extension with its Anthracite Grey framed panoramic bi-fold doors
  • A blend of two different door finishes
  • Feature lighting incorporated throughout
  • A utility room that compliments the kitchen

Our client was recommended to us by an architect we had worked with on several previous projects.
The brief was to design a sleek modern kitchen with a large feature island that could be positioned to one side of the room to allow for maximum utilisation of the overflow dining area with its panoramic views of the garden.

All cooking appliances were to be placed at eye level for ease of use and plenty of worktop space was required to cater for a busy household and entertaining friends.

Our Solution

Our interpretation of the space led us to experiment with an ‘asymmetric’ design rather than opting for pure symmetry.

The benefit of embracing an asymmetric layout was that we could position the bulk of the cooking appliances in what was the darker rear corner of the kitchen and position the island so that clear access and stunning views to the garden were seen when entering the room. It also gave a little more space between the island and the utility room wall to allow for bar stools.

To achieve this, the island with its stunning combination of worktops nestles to the left-hand side of the room however, the kitchen still feels as if it fills the full vista of the room by use of clever cover panelling and recessed lighting across the full span of the room.

The island extractor, which is part of the Falmec ‘Eion’ range, demonstrates advanced technology that causes it to automatically operate when it detects any impurities in the air. This model also provided a solution as ducting out was not an option given its strategic placement between two feature skylights.

The sink run features a ‘Grey Mirror’ splashback that effectively creates the illusion of enhanced depth and space to the rear wall and reflects the garden into the room helping this modern kitchen nestle into its beautiful surroundings. In addition, when sitting at the breakfast bar the reflection of the garden is seen, even though the stools face the rear wall.

We combined granite with white quartz worktops at varied heights and positions to mirage the base unit arrangement creating the impression that the dark wood units below the breakfast bar are ‘punching’ up through the white quartz, as if one solid block of furniture.

"Our client has a wonderful eye for detail and colour and chose a stunning wallpaper for the rear wall from our range of papers. We also supplied a dresser, mirror and lighting also chosen from one of our ranges. It looks stunning. To complete the integration of old and new, she decided to keep her old dark wooden table and sent it off to be stripped and bleached. The top was then finished with a lime wax and we supplied the paint to match the dresser to apply to the chunky legs. It works so beautifully."

The grey mirror was also used in the utility room and adds huge impact and an illusion of space and light. What was a confined simple laundry room is now a hidden gem that simply flows seamlessly on from the kitchen.


  • Pronorm Y-Line Handleless Matt laminate in Light Grey and Oak Coloured Black wood effect laminate accent units and panelling.
  • Archi-Tech glass sided metal drawer boxes with solid walnut inserts.
  • Silestone White Storm polished quartz worktops on outer island and sink run. 
  • A jumbo slab was used on the island to prevent any joints on the bar run.
  • Polished GT Blue Pearl mitred granite worktops to centre island hob run. 
  • Grey mirror wall cladding.
  • Pronorm Oak Coloured Black laminate worktops in utility.
  • Arte feature wall paper.
  • Dresser from Richmond Interiors.
  • Grey porcelain floor tiles (by others)