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Laura’s Light, Bright, and Open Plan Kitchen Extension

Project Date
April, 2022

Laura decided to upgrade her family home by opening up the walls and adding an extension to the rear. This allowed her plenty of space for a large and beautiful new shaker kitchen.

Clay & Moon
kitchen size:
16 Units - Large
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Steven - Smile Kitchens Designer
Designed by:

Laura had a real vision for her home. Whilst she knew what she wanted, Laura was also open to my ideas and suggestions which allowed us to collaborate and ultimately create a beautiful kitchen for her.

Bright open plan kitchen design with traditional shaker cabinet doors (Hjerte collection) in Clay finish (cashmere). Kitchen island in Moon (mid grey) with polar white quartz worktop. Styled with open oak shelving and oak bar stools.

Goals for the space

Laura was looking to create a large open-plan living space that encompassed a kitchen, dining area and living room. To do this, she was planning to have walls removed, a conservatory demolished and a new extension built. This would then create a larger footprint for her kitchen space, allowing her to have a much larger kitchen.

Laura wanted a light kitchen, with lots of storage, a large island with a hob, and a beautiful view from the sink into the garden.

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The details

Close up of kitchen island design with traditional shaker style cabinet doors and drawer fronts from our Hjerte collection in colour Moon (mid grey). Styled with chrome over-door handles and a polar white quartz worktop.
Kitchen design with traditional shaker cabinet doors (Hjerte collection) in Clay finish (cashmere).

Laura’s kitchen is a wonderful example of our Hjerte range in a combination of Clay and Moon. She opted for Clay wall units with a Moon island, a beautiful contrast that helps make the island a focal point. The softer Clay coloured wall units sink into their surroundings, allowing the eye to drift over them, meaning that all these cabinets feel less intrusive and giving them a sense of belonging.

Laura was keen that her kitchen felt modern, despite the traditional roots of the shaker style she had opted for. To do this she opted for a clean, white quartz worktop. This polar white quartz of the worktop helps to reflect light across the room. Spreading light from the large doors to the rear side of the kitchen and the large window above the sink into the rest of this open-plan living space.

The details

Bright open plan kitchen design with traditional shaker cabinet doors (Hjerte collection) in Clay finish (cashmere). Design shows white belfast sink, polar white quartz worktop, and chrome tap.
Bright open plan kitchen design with traditional shaker cabinet doors (Hjerte collection) in Clay finish (cashmere) with chrome over-cabinet handles (Fold collection).

A closer look

To further this modern touch, Laura opted for handles from our Fold collection in a brushed chrome finish. The Fold handles wrap around the edge of the door creating a really subtle handle that almost blends into the gaps between doors.

Whilst having modern touches, Laura wanted her kitchen to reflect the traditional roots of our Hjerte range. For this reason, she opted for a classic Belfast sink. This was then elegantly paired with a traditional double handled brushed chrome tap that perfectly matches the handles throughout the kitchen.

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The details

Check out the video of Laura's bright new kitchen

Bright open plan kitchen design with traditional shaker cabinet doors (Hjerte collection) in Clay finish (cashmere). Image shows oak open shelving with coffee making station.

Smile Kitchens have been fantastic from start to finish of our kitchen design and fit process. Steven listened to all my ideas and we worked closely over zoom and email to come up with a kitchen design I loved.

This kitchen features:


The Hjerte range is packed with character, heritage and a warm timeless feel, with timber effect shaker doors to create a kitchen fit for any home. Its name comes from the Danish for ‘heart’.
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