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Real home: making a statement in black and white

A bold new kitchen redesign in the rural West Midlands
   Hannah Caton  |  written on: 19-07-2019 17:00pm

The project in a nutshell


Who lives here? Laura Davies and husband Glyn, three year old daughter Mary and another baby on the way

Location: West Midlands

Designer: Caroline Davies, Aristocraft Kitchen & Bedrooms

The rest of the five bedroom house Laura and Glyn bought was fine, but the kitchen just had to go. “It was cold and sterile with no form or texture and so many shades of cream”, says Laura, “we wanted to redesign a family kitchen with maximum storage space and a relaxing seating area for visitors to gather around and socialise while we cook.”


Central to the redesign was an industrial luxe feel created by using various types of metal. “The copper rails on the kitchen doors, the matt black boiling water tap and brass knobs on the sideboard alone add the depth that we’d hoped for,” says Laura, “we added further interest with pendant lighting, metal floating shelves and bar stools that have a tactile raw finish.”


The black graphite finish used for the kitchen cabinets contrasts boldly with the cool white quartz worktops – a dramatic cooking space if ever there was one.

This industrial look was softened by using natural materials like wood for the shelving, flooring, countertops and dining table.



Designer Caroline Davies explains that she prioritised making the best use of the tall thin space. “A bank of units seemed the perfect solution to create that much needed storage space. I started designing the tall bank of units with a fridge, freezer, two single ovens and a tall pull-out tandem larder.”



Laura wasn’t keen on the look of the extractor hoods, but Davies had a solution: “we designed a bulk head above the hob to house a flush ceiling extractor. This was a little tricky due to the steel lintel in the ceiling but a problem we managed to overcome and it actually created quite a feature in the room.”



Laura summarises the result perfectly: “The space is a joy to be in.”

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Hannah Caton


Hannah is the online writer for KBBArk, providing the latest scoop on all things interior. She's always on the lookout for the latest trends and most beautiful re-designs.