Backing onto the River Thames in Buckinghamshire stands an elegant Georgian-style detached family home that was crying out for a kitchen to reflect its history while embracing modern functionality. ‘The kitchen space needed to match the proportions of the room and style of the property’, explains Mark Taylor of Mark Taylor Design. ‘An in-frame design and posts at each corner of the units help keep the cabinetry balanced and the large chimney-style opening around the cooker was designed to define the kitchen area and keep it separate.’



Using the Basalt colour by Little Greene on the cabinets gives the kitchen a classic feel to echo its Georgian heritage, combined with bespoke brass handles to complete the look. ‘I designed these handles to complement the rich dark shade of the units and then chose a light-coloured work surface to contrast against the blue. The classic marble island worktop keeps the space feeling light and it’s both durable and easy to clean, which was important for the client’s busy family lifestyle.’ Storage was another key factor within the design and each element of how the kitchen would be used was taken into consideration. ‘There is an ample mix of drawers and units for storing all manner of items’, says Mark. ‘The fridge and freezer along the wall of the kitchen flank a large larder unit which houses curved shelves to maximise content display’. Finishing touches such as the statement ceiling light and antique mirrored splashback give this new family space plenty of personality, and the reconfigured open-plan layout now looks out over the magnificent river views.



Photos by Jonathan Bond

Article by: Cassie Pryce