Echoes of 18th-century England abound in this classically styled kitchen.
No expense is spared in this kitchen, which draws on design features reminiscent of a great English manor house. But while the design reflects glorious times gone by, every modern convenience has been included to meld style with space and functionality. A range of special design features adds flair to this kitchen, such as the large chimney mantel with pullout drawers in the corbelled and fluted supports. Integrated refrigerators have been surmounted by plate racks, grooved panels, dentil moulding and a pediment and are topped by a guardian finial. This visually imposing feature is supported on each side by 100mm fluted columns, corbels and the same panels and dentil moulding for continuity.
The quality polyurethane cabinetry is in Dulux Buttercup with a textured finish. The shade was also used for the walls and ceilings to create space, brightness and year-round warmth. Base and wall ends feature details including applied spindles that stand proud of the adjacent cabinetry and are surmounted by oval cabochons. A magnificent island bench dominates the kitchen but its imposing elegance has been softened by elegant curved ends enhanced by corbels and spindled columns. Solid panelling and skirting visually enhance and balance the thick Zimbabwe Black granite. A second sink in the island provides useful extra preparation space for entertaining on a larger scale.
An English Manor House butler’s sink is another interesting feature that stands proud of its matching corbelled and fluted columns. It has been cleverly placed to provide a balanced focal point opposite the refrigerators. Colonial barred glass doors display the top-lit interiors in this kitchen to stylish effect and, standing back, the kitchen has perfectly captured the quintessential 18th century English look.