In Brief

A beautiful light handleless kitchen in Manchester with warmth and character. Modern pale cabinetry in two colour tones frames the space around a bespoke kitchen island, bringing lots of functionality.

In Detail

A beautiful bespoke kitchen in Manchester with warmth, character and lots of functionality. Modern handleless cabinetry in two light colour tones frames the space around a bespoke kitchen island design.

The brief

Our client came to us with a brief for a beautiful, light kitchen that functioned better for them, whilst keeping sustainability at the forefront. Working together with Manchester-based Interior Designer Emma Rogers of Lived In 365, they developed a clear vision for the new kitchen space. The vision set out the style for the scheme, and a look and feel.

This then formed the springboard for our kitchen design, which incorporated the visual inspiration with sustainable kitchen elements and high functionality to produce a fabulous fresh workspace. 

Cooking hub

The kitchen is home to four keen cooks and sees a lot of everyday action. For this reason, it was important that the kitchen was designed to be hugely functional. 

Alongside the original aga, we added a Neff slide and hide single oven, and an induction hob, for cooking with greater temperature control. The fully-integrated Siemens dishwasher is a key addition to the kitchen, along with the Fischer and Paykel full-height fridge freezer. 


Our client was keen to have wood in the design of the new kitchen, whilst keeping the look light and airy. After considering options together, we chose a pale wood veneer for half the cabinetry to contrast with the painted white doors. It was important to keep the space fresh and the light palette makes the kitchen design feel more open and less enclosed. We added two solid oak shelves to the kitchen design, to balance out the cabinetry and add visual interest.

Kitchen storage design

The new kitchen design incorporates copious amounts of storage for all the cooking equipment and crockery. The wall cabinets run to the height of the ceiling for less frequently used items and provide a bank of storage. The full-height larder cabinet boasts internal drawers which can be pulled out fully to easily access the contents and give a clear overview of the contents. 

Each drawer holds a whopping 70kg of contents, using Blum drawer runners which carry a lifetime warranty. These are just two good reasons to give you the reassurance that these are built for serious storage. 

Tucked against the outside wall is a cold store for our client to store vegetables benefiting from the cool outside air vented through. We designed this bespoke kitchen in Manchester to make the most of the fresh northern air. 

Sleek handleless doors

The clean finish of the handleless doors enhances the aesthetics of the room. We spray-painted the doors and drawer fronts in the Farrow and Ball shade Blackened White to match the pale shade of the wall behind. It gives the impression that the high cabinets visually disappear into the background. This also means they do not dominate the walls of the slimmer galley space. 

In the bespoke kitchen island, the handless units subtly hide the storage cupboards and drawers behind.

Bespoke island

Our kitchen island design made it a key part of the new functional kitchen, as well as a central feature. The island itself is a few centimetres shorter than your standard worksurface or kitchen island. There is a reason for this. It was bespoke designed to match the height of our client’s preferred working position. As a keen bread baker, they wanted a lower work surface level to get their weight behind the kneading. The seating area allows you to perch whilst the action is taking place in the kitchen. Under the surface overhang are a series of storage cupboards, cleverly concealed behind handleless cabinetry. On the reverse, we designed a set of six drawers to give easy access to cutlery, pans and cooking implements.

Island lighting and task lighting

Crucial to any good kitchen design is the lighting. Lighting brings warmth and functionality to the space and needs to be properly considered. The three pendants over the island are a central focus whilst making the island a practical work zone. 

We incorporated low-voltage LED lighting strips in the underside of the cabinetry to provide task lighting for food preparation. Tucked away, these unobtrusive lights are perfect for illuminating countertops that are darkened by overhead cabinets, or by you, prepping food. They allow you to make the most of your precious worktop space.

Tiled splashback

The feature tiles on the aga splashback are encaustic cement tiles. The appealing design means that they can be laid creatively in a variety of ways to create a number of geometric patterns. The soft pastel shades complement the gentle tones of the kitchen whilst adding a splash of colour to the room. See similar tiles here.

Our client combined the coloured feature tiles with straight-set white metro tiles for a fresh clean look. The understated tiles add to the contemporary feel of the kitchen. Running the white tiled splashback the entire length of the work surface protects the walls. Additionally, it makes the kitchen easier to clean. Read more about how tiles, splashbacks and upstands on our advice page.

The result

The result is a sleek and stunning, bespoke Manchester kitchen around a central kitchen island design. The soft colour palette works together to create a warm, calming and stylish space. The modern cabinetry in two colour tones frames the central bespoke kitchen island. We are delighted that the new bespoke space is highly functional as a working kitchen, whilst remaining gentle on the eye. As a result, it provides a lovely view from the dining space alongside.

Our client says

“The flow when we’re cooking, or cleaning up after a meal works so much better, we used to have to walk miles previously. We are very happy with the kitchen, and particularly love having more space, the work surfaces and the overall look.”

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