• Bespoke Kitchen Projects from Spencer Marchand

Modern natural kitchen

The Client’s Brief

  • Ultra-modern handleless kitchen
  • A mix of gloss lacquer with an injection of real wood
  • Large breakfast bar enough to seat 4-6
  • Lots of pan drawer storage
  • Overflow utility room to compliment the kitchen
  • Feature wine cooler

The client found us via the internet and was extremely interested in our Pronorm ‘Y-Line’ handleless furniture.

Their brief was simply to create a sleek, modern kitchen to adorn a large modern extension to the rear that would span the full width of the house.

Although the client wanted a gloss kitchen that would feel bright and airy, they felt it was extremely important to maintain a feeling of warmth to the kitchen, dining and living areas.

Our Solution

It was clear from the start of the project that the room would be beautifully bright given the light that would stream through the dual aspect bi-fold doors, the large kitchen window and skylight over the island.

Creating a bright modern gloss kitchen that felt warm and homely would depend on how much gloss finish was incorporated into the design, not just for the cabinets but also the work surfaces and wall cladding.

As with many of our projects we are mindful of the importance of how your line of sight connects to its surroundings when looking at the whole room. To create interest, we take each detail into account starting from the plinth panels beneath the units, all the way up to the cover panels and lighting above the wall and tall units then further on to the ceiling line.

In this design, we decided that any gloss finish at eye level would be too stark given the huge amount of natural light coming into the new space. We decided use the gloss finish for the base cabinets only keeping the reflective surfaces at low level, below the sightline.

The eye then steps up to the work surfaces which are light but with a matt finish. We used moulded Corian to achieve the softer look. The Corian tones down surface reflection from the cabinets. In contrast, gloss work surfaces pick up the reflection of ceiling lights which can feel very stark, especially in the evenings when you may wish to create a more ambient, warm atmosphere within the room.

>Behind the hob we added a pale glass splashback to take the eye back to another polished surface. It continues to bounce off light and looks great as a contrast to the matt Corian tops however, it will not feel too stark in the evening light.

To frame the high-level back run of units and to border the island, we used a bold dark wood veneer finish to inject a feeling of texture and warmth especially when you view them from the dining area and overflow living areas.

As a result, you can see how the levels come together by using gloss base units, matt worktops, glass splashbacks, matt wall/tall units and cleverly mixing light and dark with matt and gloss from floor level up to the ceiling.


  • Pronorm Y-Line handleless in Crystal high gloss lacquer on base units and Sepia wood veneer on the tall and wall units.
  • Cameo White Corian worktops with moulded upstands and window sill.
  • Royal Oak with Vintage Oil breakfast bar.
  • We use only the best wood which is imported from our Danish supplier ‘Spekva’. The wood was treated with a vintage oil finish in the factory before it arrived to help blend it with the Sepia veneer cabinet fronts and to enhance the grain in the wood. Royal staves were chosen which are long continuous wooden strips (as opposed to small staggered staves you see in more basic wooden tops). The wrap around breakfast bar was made with a mitred corner joint adding a sharp edgy look to kitchen. It is an example of our high level of attention to detail to achieve the best for our clients.
  • Toughened back painted glass splashbacks (to any RAL colour).
  • Warm pendant lighting was used throughout to give added warmth and softness.
  • Pebble grey light fittings with warm bulbs hang over island and a large polished Copper ball suspends above the dining table…a bold statement that adds that finishing touch.