In Brief

A large family kitchen-diner extension with Parisian blue cabinetry centred around a fabulous feature kitchen island with a breakfast bar topped with solid FSC-certified oak. The full-height kitchen pantry cupboard brings a large amount of storage.

In Detail

This large family kitchen is filled with natural light, and looks stunning in a combination of blue, white and oak. The central feature is a fabulous kitchen island with a breakfast bar. The sleek lines of the white mistral worktop complement the solid oak island worktop and add to the minimalist feel of the kitchen. The space includes a fabulous full-height pantry cupboard bringing loads of valuable storage.

The brief

Previously, our clients had a small kitchen with limited storage. They were embarking on a house extension and asked us to design a large open-plan kitchen for their family. Throughout the design process, it became clear that an island with seating was extremely important to our clients. Also on the wishlist were a range cooker and a pantry cupboard. The style brief was to create a minimalist kitchen with sleek lines and clear worktop space.

Kitchen island with seating

Incorporating a kitchen island into the kitchen design was extremely important to our client. We designed this stunning island with an oak worktop to meet their needs. The island breakfast bar provides a place to sit as a family, making cooking a sociable activity. The golden tones of the timber contrast beautifully with the white and blue colour scheme throughout the rest of the kitchen, bringing warmth into the space.

Pantry cupboard

In keeping with the minimalist theme, having a bespoke larder cupboard unit meant that our client is able to hide things away, out of sight. Housing the microwave in the pantry cupboard also frees up valuable worktop space, leaving the kitchen surfaces uncluttered.


With our clients having younger children, it was crucial to them that their kitchen design incorporated materials that were durable and easy to maintain.

Solid oak

The island worktop was designed in beautiful sustainable oak, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. All of the timber we use for our kitchens is at a minimum FSC certified. This way we can be sure it is always sustainably sourced. Timber is a very hard-wearing material, with the possibility to lightly sand away any wear and tear it receives over time. Using timber for the breakfast bar on the kitchen island lends warmth.

Mistral solid surface worktop

Throughout the rest of the kitchen, the worktop material is an acrylic stone known as Mistral. Mistral worktops are a solid surface material, made of crushed stone set in resin. It has the look of a stone surface, but with different properties. Unlike most other worktop materials, a major benefit of Mistral is that it can be sanded. This means it can be easily renovated during its lifetime to remove any general wear and tear marks, leaving it looking as good as new. It is antibacterial as well as smooth and non-porous, strong and durable, so it is a great option for a kitchen worktop.

Bringing light into the space

To keep the newly extended space light and airy, our client wanted to avoid having lots of wall cabinets in the main kitchen space. By only having one wall cabinet, and opting for open shelves, light is able to flow better throughout the kitchen. This helped to keep the clean lines of the room, as our client was keen to achieve a minimalist feel to the new space. Additionally, we added a toughened glass windowsill behind the sink. The result is that light from the garden is reflected into the room, making the space feel brighter and airier. The glass windowsill matches the hob splashback, with its “barely there” colour, bouncing light across the room. For more help on how to maximise natural light in your home, read our advice post here.

The result

The result is a beautiful new family space with a feature kitchen island with seating. Our clients have achieved their dream kitchen, which looks truly stunning in a combination of blue, white and solid oak. The shaker cabinetry includes ample kitchen storage with a full-height pantry cupboard and lots of pullouts.

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