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Bridger Kitchen Diary – A closer look at the Classic Shaker in High Barnet, London

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Something a little different for you to feast your eyes on. Every last little bit of detail was key to our client and they wanted to produce a hub of the home that was colourful, impressive, quirky and unique that shines through their fun personality.

The kitchen cabinets have even been built within the walls on either side of the island which is truly bespoke and something you don’t see often – this was specifically chosen by our client. The kitchen also features Miele appliances and bright red Kitchen Aid countertop appliances to add form and function to the space.

We invite you in to take a closer look at the classic shaker style designed and chosen by our client…

… for their newly renovated home in High Barnet, London.

The kitchen layout is a double galley style with the island dividing the two. The built-in construction is something to take note of. It gives the impression that they are combined into the room and do not feel ‘heavy’ or closed in like some kitchens can do. You can just see how wide and long the overall space is and especially along both of the galleys there is so much space.

The large central island is complete with an induction hob and gas modular units, as well as a smaller sink with a Quooker tap for prepping and cooking.

With a keen eye for interior design, these stylish homeowners chose their island to be an electric blue with the rest of the kitchen being a neutral hue. The island is hand-painted in Ultra Blue by Little Greene which is a limited colour from their palette. It was originally extracted from Lapis Lazuli by the Venetians in the 14th century, and having a value greater than gold, this pigment was, until c1520, exclusively reserved for the depiction of the robes of the Virgin Mary.

The rest of the kitchen is hand-painted in a warm mid grey from Farrow & Ball known as Elephant’s Breath. This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. It will certainly offer a sense of neutrality and calm to your home.

What we love about the kitchen is the skylights and bi-fold doors that have been incorporated into the space, we can really see this room being used throughout all the seasons. All windows and doors frame the stunning garden views bringing beauty and nature to everyday moments.

How the island is positioned allows the cook to gaze through to their picturesque garden but can still interact with family and friends that are sitting at the dining table or on the opposite side at the breakfast bar.

Just look at that bright blue kitchen island completed with Miele warming drawers and adequate storage surrounding them. Plates can be warmed and even dishes if they are ready before everything else.

A light flooring has been chosen to complement the intense colours and make them prominent in the space. Our clients wanted a hard-wearing floor that would be ideal for through traffic as this is the main room of the home that leads to the garden.

As we peer across the island and the induction hob, we can see the stunning built-in wall of furniture complete with two styles of pantry, we have a full-height double door pantry with 4 shelves and 3 drawers, then to the right of this, we have a bi-fold pantry which has 4 shelves behind the doors with the bottom shelf in the same marble worktop as the rest of the kitchen.

Having bi-fold doors allows you to access easier the contents of the cupboards without having to open wide, making better use of the space.

This sink area is wonderful for washing up. It has plenty of space on either side of the sink and a window to look out at the beautiful nature that lives around us.

A framed border surrounds the cabinetry, opening out into the bi-fold pantry halfway along and then opening out fully for the sink area. A really lovely construction and just what our client dreamed of!

Below the sink area, we find a pull-out drawer for the kitchen towels. It’s a handy little storage drawer for these items and we designed it in the perfect place.

You can really see the built-in construction of this handmade kitchen surrounding the oven and the open shelves, what a spectacular finish. Our client has used it to store their cookery books, in a neat and tidy fashion, as well as selecting one at ease.

Our client has carefully selected their finishing touches with professional appliances from Kitchen Aid in a retro red.

We are in awe of that ceiling! A drop-down ceiling was created for the extraction fan and plenty of spotlights were added around each part of the newly renovated space to capture features and add some ambience when entertaining.

If you are looking for a luxury bespoke kitchen design contact us for a FREE quotation today – call ‪01279 506616‬ | email info@nicholasbridger.co.uk | visit one of our websites https://nicholasbridger.co.uk or https://nicholasbridger.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you.⠀

If you have plans and measurements you can email them to us for a quotation at info@nicholasbridger.co.uk – please provide a phone number so we can discuss your project in more detail.

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