Showstopping Modern Kitchen In Brighton

Take a look behind the scenes of this showstopping Brighton kitchen. Our experts talk you through the trends and features displayed in this stunning bespoke design.

Bright warm tones

Grey has been sidelined as the new neutral in favour of softer shades of off-white, putty, stone, and muted terracotta. These warm tones are timeless and fresh whilst being inviting and restful. They make a great base for many colour schemes but pair particularly beautifully with wood and natural stone. If you want a modern take on these shades, try to avoid anything with strong yellow undertones.

In this Brighton kitchen, our client chose to complement our luxurious walnut and off-white cabinetry with white walls and a stunning feature ceiling painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Faded Terracotta’. By adding colour to the ceiling, the cool white light streaming in through the Velux windows is given an enticing glow.

Earthy natural stone textures

Tying in with the ‘warm neutral’ trend, many worktop companies are introducing an increasing number of matt and natural stone finishes. Whilst the luxe marble look has remained popular for some time, many of these new finishes are warmer or darker, referencing limestone, soapstone, and slate, with different textures and markings. This offers customers a wider selection to ensure their kitchen stands out from the crowd and allows you to establish a feeling of calm and tranquillity. Caesarstone’s new Porcelain and Pebbles collections are great examples of this emerging trend.

Alternatively, if you do not want quartz or porcelain worksurfaces, Corian makes a superb choice. Our Brighton client opted for Corian’s ‘Natural Aggregate’ finish on their sink run to tie in with the soft grey tiles on their central room pillar. This brings a gorgeous, soothing Japanese-inspired quality to the scheme.

Wood veneer units

Wooden cabinetry has long been used in traditional kitchens, but it is now seeing a strong resurgence in modern ‘slab door’ kitchens like the one featured below. Whether you opt for deep walnut, mellow oak, cooler beech, real wood veneer, or wood-look laminates, timber can add depth and richness to any design. The mixed materials trend is increasingly popular, with wood offering the perfect way to enhance and add texture and tactility to warm or cool palettes. Laminate options have also improved hugely in recent years and can provide a great alternative if wood veneers are too costly. For those unsure about committing to wood cabinetry, another solution is to opt for timber flooring, a solid wood dining table, or other freestanding furniture. Just make sure the tones tie in with each other. We recommend combining wood accents with other finishes to ensure you don’t overload your space – think modern mixed materials, not ski-chalet sauna!

Walk-in pantries

Many older houses can have awkward nooks and crannies, which make great spaces for walk-in pantries. But in newer extensions, these spaces may need to be created through clever design, as we’ve done here. By borrowing some space from the client’s utility and wrapping the tall cabinetry around a corner, we created a brilliant secret hidden larder. This provides a spacious shelving area to conceal all food and supplies in one place. An added worksurface comes in handy for food prep when needed. For those without as much space, another option is to insert a smaller larder cupboard into your room. Inside which, you could fit a piece of worktop, drawers below and shelves above. By installing a simple socket, this cupboard can be used to store food as well as small appliances, keeping worksurfaces clear – something helpful to every small kitchen.

Open-plan multi-use spaces

This trend isn’t going anywhere soon. We are continuing to open our houses to create larger rooms which combine kitchen, dining, and soft seating. This large extension offers plenty of space for all three zones. However, you can still achieve a similar result even if you do not have a large new extension. Removing walls between rooms can work just as well, bringing a sense of space and brightness to older properties. For smaller spaces, adding a reading chair in a corner or seating to an island can also provide that flexibility we so often demand of our rooms, giving guests and family a place to work, play, and interact whilst you cook. After all, the kitchen really should be the heart of every home.

This beautiful Brighton kitchen draws upon the latest trends whilst upholding the principles of good design to create a truly spectacular yet timeless interior. If you would like us to help you transform your Sussex kitchen, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 01903 874198 or email [email protected].

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