Guest Blog Written by Brayer Design
When you’re working to tight deadlines and budgets, finding suppliers that you can trust to provide you with the kind of quality product and service that you yourself provide to your clients is crucial. And at Brayer Design , we’ve been lucky enough to find that in Cullifords, one of the suppliers we regularly use on our kitchen projects.
As cabinet makers specialising in the design and creation of bespoke luxury kitchens, we never underestimate the importance of matching the right countertop with our cabinets – and how this choice can make quite an impact on the overall look and the practicality of a kitchen.
So, here are some examples of our kitchen designs with worktops supplied by Cullifords, along with a little bit of information about why we chose them.
While the cabinets of this kitchen we created for a home in Kingswood (Surrey) are traditional, the colour is a contemporary, cool lead-grey shade. We chose a Quartz Composite called ‘Lucerne Lake’ for this design, which from a distance appears white – but get a bit closer and you can see a subtle grey vein running throughout for a luxurious marble effect. While the cabinet colour brings out the grey in countertops, the simple shaker style of
the cabinet provide a pleasing contrast. For this kitchen, the splashback matched the countertops in easy-to-clean and stain-resistant Quartz Composite.
Surrey Country Kitchen
This generous country style kitchen which was designed and built for a home in Surrey uses a light grey shade of cabinets to emphasise the spacious and welcoming character of this room. The classic shaker kitchen cabinets are clean and simple in their appearance but the Kashmir White Granite worktops chosen for this kitchen design, add a touch of decadence to this impressive room – especially thanks to the large central island.
Dark kitchen cabinets are very on trend at the moment and have been for quite a while now. Yet, one of the challenges of employing a darker scheme like the one used for this Esher kitchen, is making sure that the room is still light and practical and that the shade (in this case a navy blue-black colour) doesn’t dominate the room. And so, for this design, we paired the cabinets with the equally bold London White Granite that – with its beautiful medium fine grain – is strong and durable and complements the confident style of this kitchen.
Created for a brand new build, the brief for this kitchen was to bring some classic character to a large and modern space. Our country style shaker cabinets were the obvious style choice for this kitchen hand-painted in a traditional ‘Strong White’ shade – but when it came to choosing worktops for this kitchen, we had an idea that would help bridge the gap between old and new, traditional and contemporary. The main worktops which would cover the vast countertops of this big kitchen would be in stainless steel, a less expensive choice than stone – but as the centrepiece and main focal point of the room, a gorgeous Super White Quartzite countertop would cover the large island to continue the theme of tradition and add a bit of luxury with its stunning grey marble-effect, which makes an even greater impact in contrast to the surrounding stainless steel worktops.
Finding the Right Worktop for Your New Kitchen
Because the choice of countertop can make such a difference – not only to the overall look of the space, but also in the practical day-to-day life of the kitchen – it’s something that’s really worth paying attention to. We’d recommend to anyone thinking about renovating their kitchen to speak to their kitchen designer who will be able to liaise with their suppliers and offer examples of what they think best suits the overall brief and budget of the kitchen. Or, if you’d like to be a bit more ‘hands-on’ in this process, we’d also recommend paying a visit to a stone yard like the one at Cullifords to take a good look at the many different types of materials and styles available. You can also get practical advice from the knowledgeable team on-site so you can start to figure out the kind of material and style that you’d like for your kitchen. All this information will help your kitchen designer in the overall design of your new space.
Brayer Design specialise in the creation of luxury, bespoke-made kitchens for homes in South West London and Surrey. To view more examples of their kitchen designs, please visit their online project portfolio here: https://brayerdesign.co.uk/projects/kitchens/