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22nd Nov 2018

Contemporary with a Twist - taking a look at the BarrKitchens of 2018

Established in 2012, BarrKitchens quickly became known for quality made-to-measure kitchens in traditional styles; cock-bead panelling with scribed plinths and classic hand-painted shaker door fronts with traditional ironmongery. The look has been very much Old Rectory meets English Farmhouse. Whilst BarrKitchens remain true to its roots, the past two years have brought to the fore a whole new chapter in client-led visual aspirations. 

When asked what clients were looking for, Lucy Hillier, BarrKitchens designer answered “the European influence of contemporary streamlined cabinetry has become ever more popular, however at BarrKitchens our clients are asking for something a little bit different. The best way I can collectively describe our latest individual kitchen designs is  ‘contemporary with a twist’. More often than not flat-fronted doors but with distinctive details; cut-away handles with solid oak timber reveals, antique bronze glass, satin metallic trims and mixed materials. Here are a few examples…

Raw Simplicity  - Birch Ply (Woodstock Road)

Dark blue accents anchor this light and airy Scandinavian inspired birch ply kitchen. Edges left unfinished expose the layers of uncompromisingly raw plywood, softened against the white stone worktops. The result is a paired back style, rooted in nature and a laid-back philosophy to life.

Flat Metallic (Highclere)

Found in the new build 'barn' section of an old farmhouse, this kitchen couldn’t be further from the traditional county kitchen you might expect. An impressive sweeping island is the centrepiece of this large kitchen entertainment space. Vaulted ceilings add to the drama and a unusual bronze paint finish gives a luxurious quality to fit with the high specification appliances and scale of this stunning property.

Oak inlay (Albion Barn)

 
In this barn conversion it was really important to create a contemporary feel whilst remaining true to the architecture of the building. Sleek white cabinetry sits next to warm natural oak detailing, which compliments the original oak beams.

Into the Blue (Aspen Lodge)

 

BarrKitchens designer Toby Patch designed oak cabinets to sit back above the antique mirrored splash back, in contrast with the rich depths of the hand-painted cabinetry surround. Replacing the need for handles, cabinetry doors exhibit oak cut-outs reveals and warm white LED's illuminate and soften the whole space.

Black Lacquered Ply (Meadowbrook Bothy)

Bold and beautiful; black lacquered cabinetry offers a dramatic finish, juxtaposed to the organic rawness of the ply cladding into which it sits. Designed for compact micro-home living, black was arguably a brave decision. However cleverly designed cabinetry draws the eye to the ply ceiling, creating an illusion height and space. Industrial Buster + Punch matt-black hardware finish this  on-trend design.

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