Period Manor House
East Grinstead

  • Modern gloss kitchen in grey
  • Modern gloss kitchen in grey

About This Project


This was one of our more unusual briefs. We were asked to recreate the kitchen we’d designed for this customer in their previous house. But to recreate it for a period home with lots of character, whereas the previous kitchen had been designed for a very contemporary setting. This house is just beautiful, and the room dimensions and character features are stunning, we couldn’t wait to get started.

Our bespoke kitchen design

With such a large space, we wanted to ensure that it felt homely rather than cavernous and to celebrate the lovely features such as the ornate fireplace. We are thrilled with the marriage of contemporary and traditional style in this kitchen and the creation of sociable, homely zones with the island and separate dining area.

The contemporary elements of the kitchen are high gloss in a very pale, soft grey teamed with Angolan black granite. The granite is one element we did adapt slightly from the previous design where the customer wanted something not too flat and with flecks of colour. The Angolan black is flecked with white and pale greys and matches with the gloss units beautifully.

The painted units were modified and painted as part of the new design. Previously these were oak base units with shelves above.  We added glass dresser doors, new shelving and lighting. They are painted in Farrow & Ball Plummet which helped transform them into real statement pieces, whilst matching the scale and character of the room.

Featured appliances include a Quooker tap, prep and washing up sinks by Franke, Siemens ovens, Falmec Sintesi hob with downdraft extraction and Caple wine cooler.

All in the detail

The curved edges on all corners of the kitchen units and island help soften the very contemporary elements of this kitchen.

One feature we really love is the lighting in the glass cabinets. They provide a lovely ambient lighting option which is a great way of creating a softer, more intimate atmosphere in such a large space.

The kitchen island is key to this design, creating a central point to break up the room and is a multi-purpose space with seating, cooking and storage. It is a very large island at just under 2m by 2m,  so large in fact, it took four men to install it! 

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Photos by jackbeard.com

Contemporary Kitchen
breakfast bar, Contemporary kitchen, falmec, granite worktop, high gloss, kitchen island, quooker