HBH Eastbourne: An English Shaker cream kitchen with a touch of French fancy

Eastbourne cream shaker kitchen

Stacey and Ben’s taste in kitchens was elegant and simple, with most of their images showing classic styles and colours. Classic doesn’t have to mean old fashioned however and although I chose a traditional cream shaker style timber kitchen for them, the other styling elements of the room still keep it looking fresh and stylish. I wanted a very English feel to the kitchen and the dining area, but with touches of French fancy.

Modern families require modern appliances and the graphite coloured Quadrio fridge freezer is easily large enough for this growing family. Remember with American style freezers that they are deeper than your average fridge freezer so allow for deeper end panels and a top box. Speak with your kitchen supplier about which F/F  you’re opting for to allow them to design around it.

Eastbourne cream shaker kitchen

I chose dark metal cage handles rather than chrome or silver to pick up the other black design elements in the room, one of which is the granite work surface in is a slightly sparkling shade called Nero Stella. Interestingly this granite is wrapped around a template which can be useful in a kitchen where the weight of the worktop is an issue or where existing tops have to be worked with. The sharp edges and slimline depth gives the kitchen a more contemporary feel and the wider granite in front of the range allows for a mid-room breakfast bar area. Everything was measured to perfection so as not to overhang the radiator and lose heat yet leave enough room for plates and to stop small hands reaching the range. The sockets were specified in brushed chrome with dark inserts  to keep the black detail theme consistent.

Nero Stella granite
Metal cage handles
Eastbourne kitchen window wall view

With the aim of softening the room, various design decisions were made. The Java Grey stone for the kitchen floor area is laid in a random to give a country feel but the colour is sophisticated, picking up the French Linen shade of paint over in the dining room. The harvest oak engineered timber floor marks where the kitchen ends and the dining room begins

Java Grey tiled flooring and Harvest Oak timber

A roman instead of the usual roller blind made by the lovely Kay (who delivers nationally!) adds luxury. The fabric is called Lalique Lime and the design reflects French glassware.

Lalique Lime blind

Last but by no means least the fab ceramic Belfast basin called Ribchester 800 from Shaws of Darwen. I absolutely HAD to choose this one as these sinks are made just down the road from where I grew up in Lancashire! I love the distinctive fluted front and the double bowl finish is perfect for a busy family kitchen. Finished off with a traditional Bonneville tap, I adore this kitchen. Is it to your taste? x

Fluted edge of the Ribchester 800
Bonneville tap

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