Period homes with a little history have got to be our favourite. Our team have had a passion for homes and interiors since a young age with Nicholas Bridger having worked in a wide variety of roles within the construction industry since leaving school. With his continued success in developing and delivering beautifully designed bespoke kitchens that perfectly match your lifestyle has led to the expansion of the business.

In this blog we look at what parts of the kitchen make our ideal kitchen. We hope to give you some inspiration…

A few of our favourite kitchens…

The Classic Shaker @ Bishop’s Stortford

This kitchen has got to be a firm favourite of ours. Filled with period features this property is Grade II listed and has a wonderful mix of materials and colours working perfectly together to create an absolutely charming design. Because of it being a Grade II listed property there were many features that couldn’t be touched but our client didn’t mind and we couldn’t agree more as they are absolutely stunning pieces. The warmth from the wood and our classic shaker style makes this kitchen an inviting and homely space. What else makes this space special is the Sub-Zero Wolf appliances within. We also love how the Bianca Eclipsia Quartzite bursts through the solid wood cabinetry in the two-tone colour scheme.

The Traditional Shaker @ Winchmore Hill

This kitchen is all about a fresh design to match the rest of the modern renovation. A light and dark grey colour scheme consisting of an understated grey and a darker grey with strong architectural characteristics. This space was destined to be light and airy with the added luxury from Wolf appliances. The two seating areas tell a story, with the kitchen island providing an informal dining area, as well as a place to cook and socialise.

The Classic Shaker @ Potters Bar

We love a traditional blue in the kitchen and this colour from Farrow & Ball is the perfect hue to create a richly dramatic space with a contemporary finish. It’s called Stiffkey Blue, which we believe was just meant to be, as we can’t imagine it being painted in any other colour, and it has become a great colour to deliver a strong statement along with the brass handles. Our client opted for three different surfaces to complete their spacious kitchen, white quartz for the main kitchen area, black quartz for the island, and a solid oak breakfast bar. We are also in awe with that view!

Our go-to style

When it comes to style this has to be a hard one… but if we had to choose we do like the Traditional Shaker. It features a luxurious appearance with an exquisite deep set and raised and fielded panel. This design is for those who prefer an opulent, timeless and bold look – much like the Devine collection available from Tom Howley.  Each of our bespoke kitchens are designed specifically to your requirements, combining elements from our different kitchen styles if you wish, to then create your dream kitchen.

The carcasses are traditionally made from your choice of Oak Veneer, Solid Pine, Solid Oak, Walnut Veneer or Birch Ply – using dove tail joints. Mortice and tenon joints are used on the doors and can be specified with soft-close hinges or traditional butt hinges, and the drawer boxes use the dove tail joint and are on Grass soft-close runners.

Our exquisite traditional shaker below has been pushed to the limit with a unique combination. All of the doors and end panels feature raised and fielded panels, while all the drawers feature a flat front panel.

Our go-to colour

Our go-to colour is blue. We love a blue hue in the kitchen, it reminds us of the sea, calm and relaxing. Blue has also proven to be popular in many of our kitchen projects. Having said that we are recently loving statement colours, such as Brinjal from Farrow & Ball. A deep aubergine, sophisticated in appearance and a feel that is soft and inviting. It’s the perfect colour to add to an island centred in the middle of the room as it’s a great starting point for a conversation and a bold focal point.

A two-tone colour scheme, with award-winning appliances, rustic exposed wooden beams and soft beautiful furnishings complete this hub of the home in Bishop’s Stortford.

Our go-to worktops

Our go-to worktops have definitely got to be a Carrara marble quartz, like the worktop in our Potters Bar project below. It provides a timeless and beautiful statement in the home with a luxurious vibe and consists of many characteristics. It has proven to be very popular within our handmade kitchens and will continue to do so in both modern and traditional kitchen designs. A quartz stone is non-porous, scratch & stain-resistant and extremely hardwearing making them easy to maintain.

We do also love a granite as it is naturally different and a traditional luxury style of worktop, with the material being carved from the rock faces of quarries around the world. This material is 100% natural and therefore every slab of granite is unique. This granite below can be seen in our stunning showroom completing the island perfectly with a different approach.

Our go-to period features

Without a doubt, our first go-to features have got to be exposed beams from a period property. They add character to the home and fill us with excitement. The project below in Matching Tye embodies old and new perfectly. The original beams were brought out which date back to the 1800s and create a warm feeling with a lot of height and a Perrin & Rowe polished chrome tap, Armac Martin knobs and handles, and a beautiful white AGA add to the aesthetics creating a luxury finish that will surely last a lifetime.

Our go-to appliances

Well, it has to be Sub-Zero Wolf of course. We are proud to be Sub-Zero Wolf UK Premier Dealers and we have 19 fully functioning appliances in our showroom for you to experience – just like a living kitchen. Leading chefs and celebrities across the globe have chosen Sub-Zero Wolf for their robust, industrial feel which delivers fantastic results every time, to a similar performance in a professional kitchen.

  • They are built to last with 20 years or more for both Sub-Zero Wolf products
  • They deliver results you want with precise, sure controlled cooking and cooling
  • The Sub-Zero appliances are built with a NASA system that has been designed with an antimicrobial air purification system

Many of our clients have opted for Sub-Zero Wolf in their kitchens, just like the Winchmore Hill project below, a great example of how these gorgeous appliances shine through the traditional shaker and provide a cooking experience like no other. Our client opted for the most beautiful range top you will ever lay your eyes on. It sits centre stage with the signature red knobs bursting out matching in with the Wolf Professional Built-in Oven, we are envy! Also amongst the bank of appliances is a Wolf Convection Steam Oven and a Wolf Warming Drawer, not forgetting surrounded with our bespoke traditional shaker style, hand-painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball.

Our go-to finishing touches and kitchen essentials

First of all, it has to be a hot water tap, they are a great invention that provides instant boiling water for you and your family at the touch of a finger. At Nicholas Bridger, we are authorised dealers for Quookers taps and we can supply the full range and build them into your ideal kitchen. Perrin & Rowe have also designed instant hot water taps into their collection and we are pleased to say we can supply these too!

A great example of a Quooker tap is in this kitchen below we designed and hand-built to our client’s requirements in Harringay. A special sink area was created with adequate storage for all the kitchen’s essentials.

Secondly, we love Armac Martin handles. They are a British brand situated in Birmingham since 1929. They are known to feature in some of the world’s finest kitchens, with every one of their products designed in-house, with meticulous attention to ensure that their commitment to design and quality is met time and time again. We are proud to offer these luxury finishing touches to our clients at Nicholas Bridger and we have a large array of finishes available to complement your style and personal taste. All products are produced from solid brass for absolute reliability and longevity with the plating being applied on top. They really are a great handle style that fits perfectly within a bespoke traditional shaker or a contemporary in-frame.

We love introducing outdoor elements in the kitchen! Indoor plants decorate the kitchen space in an attractive way creating a beautiful relaxing space, purifying the air around us making it a lot healthier. Herbs can easily be grown too, to provide healthier dishes, but also to serve as natural beauty in the homes décor.

Our client below at the Potters Bar project added an array of plants to their windowsill which overlooks that magnificent view. The plants used have produced a zen space in the property surrounded with our beautiful classic shaker style. The delightful green leaves of these plants protrude through the natural sunlight adding freshness to the colour scheme.

At Nicholas Bridger we build bespoke beautiful kitchens in perfect kitchen layouts to suit your space. A handmade kitchen adds character to your home and an understated style that will last for many years. Contact us today to find out more on a dream kitchen that will suit all your needs – we look forward to hearing from you.