An Open Plan Barn Conversion In Shades Of Grey

When Claire and Liam wanted a dream kitchen to complete their new barn conversion near Glossop they turned to Kitchen Design Centre who had designed and installed the kitchen in their barn conversion ten years ago.

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In keeping with the grey theme of the whole house, designer Paul Harrington created a contemporary kitchen with differing textures and colours. Storage was important – there needed to be lots of it and the design had to make the most of the high ceilings and original steel structures. The kitchen also had to lend itself to the open plan nature of the house which is essentially one very large open plan room with the kitchen being the main part.

“There was no doubt who we’d turn to when it came to the kitchen,” says Claire, “ I loved the kitchen Kitchen Design Centre designed for us in our last house and two of our family members have had amazing kitchens from them since.” In contrast to her last kitchen which was based around wooden beams and predominantly oak, Claire wanted a range of greys to mirror the colour scheme throughout the new house and for the kitchen to be very contemporary.

“I needed the kitchen to be a sociable place where the kids could sit and talk to me whilst I cooked,” said Claire. She continues, “It was important that it wasn’t separated and included a dining area and breakfast bar for more casual eating. I also wanted a drinks area with its own wine fridge. This area is fantastic and makes a great addition to the room”. She also asked Kitchen Design Centre to design a matching utility room – again in shades of grey.

Neff appliances including a dishwasher, single oven, compact oven and microwave, warming drawer, no frost freezer, built in fridge and flex induction hob were chosen together with a Quooker mixer tap in chrome. Toronto grey oak cupboards were contrasted with laser soft white and Putty concrete Graphite with a light Corian worktop in Cameo white, chosen to reflect the light and stop the room feeling dark.

Finished Kitchen

An Open Plan Barn Conversion In Shades Of Grey

Claire and Liam are delighted with the stunning end result and feel the kitchen really makes the house, “I spend all my time in here,” says Claire, “ I just love it. I can’t thank Paul and Kitchen Design Centre enough. The conversion of our house was an incredibly difficult process where we had to adhere to strict planning regulations. In contrast to many other suppliers and other steps of the process, dealing with Paul and Kitchen Design Centre was really easy and an absolute pleasure.”

" I just love it. I can’t thank Paul and Kitchen Design Centre enough."

What Our Designer Says

"I got involved with this kitchen when the architect plans came out and with it being an open space it was like having a blank canvas to work with which was great. The area is deceptively big and with high ceilings it could take quite a dramatic design. Claire wanted a monochrome colour scheme with various shades of grey to match the décor throughout the house. I felt it was important to make this work by introducing various textures. White was important to keep it from looking too dark and to contrast with the white island, I suggested a Siletone Quartz dark breakfast bar in suede finish, Cemento Spa colour . I liked the fact the family wanted a separate drinks area – this really works in the kitchen and creates a whole feature area away from the cooking space. The kitchen is such an important part of house and I feel we’ve succeeded in making it a real focal point and creating the ‘wow’ factor."
Paul Harrington
Paul Harrington

Paul Harrington
Failsworth, Manchester

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