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Alex’s Warm, Contemporary Scandi Kitchen

Project Date
May, 2022
Prestwich, Manchester

Alex and her partner bought a stunning newly built property in 2019 but rather than stick with the layout, they opted to extend their home significantly to create a beautiful open-plan living and kitchen area. They wanted a kitchen that could hold its own in such a large space, that was both modern and homely with plenty of storage.

kitchen size:
19 Units - Large
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Jane - Smile Kitchens Designer
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I couldn’t be prouder of how this design came out. It’s always fun to work on a modern kitchen design where you’re not bound by the traditional in everything you do. I really love this kitchen; it fits so nicely into Alex’s modern family home.

Goals for the space

Alex was keen that despite having an ultra-modern feel, her kitchen should also feel warm, inviting, and homely. Alex wanted her kitchen to be a statement that felt original and tailored to their family’s needs. Alex was looking for lots of storage with a particular focus on drawer space and hidden storage.

With her island, Alex wanted to have a focal point for the room, where people could gather and where the cook wasn’t left on their own. Alex also wanted to have a place for drink storage and preparation in its own little area of the kitchen.

As well as a modern feel for the kitchen, Alex was keen for the space to have plenty of gadgets and modern touches from boiling water taps to secret power outlets.

The details

Alex’s kitchen is a glorious example of our Jasper range in the deep, rich green of Grove. A truly stunning colour that adds depth and impact, Grove provides the perfect tone for a moody yet homely kitchen.

The green of Grove is excellently complimented by the beautifully white Carrara marble quartz worktop. The veined worktop adds further depth to the space and is again complimented by the textured glazed tile splashback.

A statement island

Over on the impressive island, we find a secondary sink space perfect for handwashing before the cooking begins on the subtle and smooth induction hob. Our view remains unobscured thanks to the hob’s built-in extractor which pulls fumes and steam down – a lovely touch that helps keep the slick look of this modern kitchen.

On the near side of the island, we find a wealth of storage hidden below a long breakfast bar. Wonderfully accented by the warmth of burnt orange stools, this space adds practicality and warmth to the kitchen. Hidden within this area of the island we also find a set of secret pop-up sockets – ready to access whenever needed.

Open shelving

The addition of open shelving between tall larder units on the rear wall adds storage without the density of a wall unit. A clever touch that is reflected in the breakfast area too. Not only does this present a lovely, modern, and on-trend design element but the open shelving also helps to add warmth and personality, which is key in a modern kitchen.

Excellent service and great design process. Communication throughout was fantastic and the quality of the kitchen is very good. Kudos to Jane, our designer - thanks for all your help.

Alex Morris
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