Kitchen inspirations: modern with a rustic twist.
Our new kitchen.
I say ‘our new kitchen’ but, strictly speaking, it isn’t new. Dave Hewitt and his team at Nottingham-based company, Alpha Interior Designs, installed it last summer. It’s just taken me this long to tell you about it!
Ever since moving into our house ten years ago, we’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen. The original one was very small for a family home and had minimal worktop and storage space. Knowing we wanted to install a new kitchen one day, the improvements we made to the kitchen were just a stop-gap. We raising the low kitchen window so we could add a breakfast bar, replaced the shaker cupboard doors for gloss slab doors and replaced the white tiled floor with a more practical slate-effect laminate floor.
Turning dreams into reality.
Our kitchen dreams became a reality last year when we were left some money by my uncle. His gift enabled us to extend our existing kitchen and add an open plan kitchen/living/dining area to the rear of our house.
It was a significant day when the walls of our old kitchen were removed, ready to build our new extension.
Designing our dream kitchen.
Having waited so long for a new kitchen, it was important that we did our research. We asked friends for recommendations and got quotes and designs from three or four different companies. However, Dave at Alpha Interiors, with his innovative and inspirational design ideas, really impressed us. Plus, his quote was highly competitive too, as the cabinets and doors are made custom-made to a high standard, using premium German hinges (Blum) and fittings.
The brief: A modern kitchen that’s easy to clean and maintain.
As well as wanting a modern kitchen that would stand the test of time, I wanted my new kitchen to be easy to clean and maintain. That’s because my old one was anything but, with its gas hob, cupboard doors with bar handles and a high maintenance beech worktop. That’s why we selected an induction hob, handleless doors and a quartz worktop for our new kitchen. Initially, we considered matt cupboard doors to minimise fingerprints too, but in the end, we opted for gloss as we preferred it’s modern, sleek aesthetics.
Modern with a rustic twist.
Dave listened carefully to all our ideas and incorporated them into his design, creating plans for a stunning modern kitchen with handleless doors. He also added some wonderful elements and features to make our kitchen truly unique. For example, rather than the white gloss doors we’d originally wanted, he suggested using two neutral colours from a warmer palate – cashmere and jasmine (cream). Also, when we explained we didn’t want tiled or painted walls above the worktops, preferring something ‘wipe clean’ and durable, Dave suggested a beautifully textured oak laminate, Boralino Oak. It was an inspired choice as the rough-hewn rustic oak worked so well when combined with the high-gloss cashmere and jasmine kitchen units.
Dave also suggested we use Boralino oak above the wall cupboards too, effectively creating a wall of wood. This provided a stunning backdrop for our kitchen units. To complete the look, Boralino oak was used as a frame around our tall kitchen units, for the island unit, and inside the cupboards.
We used the same design scheme in our utility too.
Beautiful, yet practical flooring.
We debated the pros and cons of different flooring options for our kitchen for a while. Although we loved the idea of oak flooring, we felt it would be harder to maintain and not as practical as porcelain tiles. That’s when we discovered a stunning range of wood-effect porcelain floor tiles at EMC tiles, Nottingham. The Vintage Ash glazed wood effect floor tile (150mm x 900mm x 9mm) looks like real wood flooring and is textured too. What’s more, the grey/beige of the ash perfectly compliments the Boralino oak, cashmere and jasmine we selected for the kitchen.
Attention to detail.
We were impressed by the care and attention to detail shown by Dave and his experienced fitters during the installation of our kitchen. I’m a perfectionist, so the quality of the finish was important: we weren’t disappointed.
Our dream kitchen becomes a reality.
We’re delighted with our new kitchen. We think the blend of modern gloss and rustic oak, together with the warm colour palette works beautifully to create a stunning look.
We are so pleased with our worktops. Quartz is more expensive than other materials but we think it’s a price worth paying, being incredibly hardwearing and easy to clean.
The Vintage Ash wood-effect porcelain floor tiles perfectly complement the oak and the neutral tones of the kitchen units.
For more examples of kitchens incorporating gloss and wood within the design, why not check out my Pinterest board:
Over to you.
Have you considered using laminate as an alternative to tiles and glass above your kitchen worktops? What do you think of the wood/gloss design? If you’re planning a new kitchen what’s on your wishlist and what are your non-negotiables?
As always, I’d love to hear from you.
Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and I am not receiving any form of inducement from Alpha Interiors. I just wanted to tell you about our new kitchen!
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Love your kitchen Jane ?
On your recommendation, I went to see Dave at Alpha Interiors earlier this week! Looking forward to seeing what he comes up with, hoping he can add some inspiring and clever ideas like he did for you ?
Thanks, Anna. All the best with your kitchen plans! I look forward to seeing it when its finished!
I literally had my heart in my mouth when I started reading this post, as I am in the middle of doing my kitchen, I will be finished this weeked! I also have cream gloss cupboards and have gone for grey laminate as I have it on the whole ground floor, I have gone for grey wood worktops as the worktops I have at the moment are wood laminate and are the best worktops I have ever had and wouldnt have change them if they werent cherry red ( I am sure they were fashionable when i chose them 13 years ago) the worktops are a lot darker than I would have liked and I am so nervous about how they will look, I am hoping the cream gloss tiles will calm it down a bit and I have gone for grey grout to tie it all together! Yours looks absolutley amazing & I so needed to read this as the worktops are going in tomorrow and I am feeling a bit better now I have seen yours! I have never seen a grey and cream theme even on pinterest so did it without seeing it in an actual kitchen, samples rarely give you a true picture! #HomeEtc
Oh, I hope everything looks fab, Emma. It took us ages to decide on a colour for our worktop. I didn’t want too light or too dark. Really pleased with the cream and grey.
I am so jealous of your kitchen. It is stunning. I love that you haven’t used bog standard tiles in your kitchen. Really innovative in design. #HomeEtc
Thanks, Emma. I hadn’t even thought you could get such a thing when our designer suggested the oak laminate. I am so glad I don’t have to faff about cleaning grout!
That kitchen is gorgeous Its what I have in mind for when we get our extension/new kitchen underway. I always wanted an old country kitchen but I have seen lots of new shiny kitchens and I am sold. I love that you have kept that rustic twist though … heads of to pinterest to start nicking pinks… xx #HomeETC
WOW utterly stunning and so much space 🙂 Lovely design and so practical too. Gorgeous you must be SO pleased. Thanks for sharing & linking up! Jess xx
Thanks, Jess! It has made a MASSIVE difference and we are delighted. It was a long wait but well worth it!
Love it Jane — and I’m SO envious!!!!!!! Arrgh — I would LOVE a proper kitchen — our inherited one is a monster. Really user un-friendly!! In my ‘new’ kitchen — when it ever materialises — I’ll have quartz I think. We had granite in the last one and it was amazing!!! Fab — love it 🙂 Caro #HomeEtc
Thanks, Caro! I’m really glad you like it. We have put up with user unfriendly kitchens for years so I feel your pain!! It’ll be worth waiting for when your new kitchen materialises!
having seen both kitchens (in real life) I can honestly say this is an amazing transformation. Your attention to detail and styling is superb! Some of the options you’ve mentioned, like the oven and the cabinet without handles, have really got me pondering about my own kitchen.