After purchasing the property for a move back to Yorkshire, our clients wanted to completely reconfigure the kitchen and living space in this stunning farmhouse and barn conversion as part of their ongoing renovations.
Daval was commissioned to design a kitchen and utility room that blended both traditional and modern styles to complement the property’s existing architectural features such as exposed stone and arched barn windows.
Colour: Forest Green & Putty
Worktops: Bianco Aria
Cabinetry Hardware: Daval Satin Brass Knurled Bar and Knob handle
When did you first start to think about a new kitchen and what was your vision for the space?
When we bought the property, the kitchen hadn’t been touched for over 30 years, but we knew it had so much potential. We decided to completely open up the space by removing walls to make it bigger and create a space for a utility in what was the back of the garage.
We wanted a very social layout to the new kitchen for when we host friends and family, and because the property is an old farmhouse, we wanted to create and aesthetic that was sympathetic to the house’s architecture and balance traditional design cues with a more contemporary finish.
Were there any specific design features on your tick list?
After spending months researching styles and kitchen design ideas, we knew we really wanted a dedicated larder cupboard to feature as part of the design on one of the walls surrounding the island. We’re big coffee lovers so wanted a space to house our coffee machine and other similar appliances to keep them out of sight.
A large, central island was also high on the list of priorities. We wanted to be able to cook and entertain at the same time without having our backs to guests in the kitchen, and we also felt strongly about not having an overhead extractor over the island as we felt this would interrupt the flow and feel of the space.
How did Daval help bring your kitchen design to life?
Starting with the cabinetry, we chose the Pembroke range as it’s a great blend of a shaker-style door with a slight woodgrain but a slightly more contemporary look. We knew we liked the idea of a dark green colour for some of the cabinetry to bring a heritage feel, but as soon as we saw Daval’s Forest Green shade, we knew it was a definite choice.
We also worked with our designer to look at the light and dark spots within the space and played with mixing different cabinetry colours to ensure that the darker areas didn’t feel so. After some consideration and comparing samples, we opted to complement Forest Green with Putty, a much lighter shade that is still warm and has depth.
Daval’s visuals gave us a real feel for how everything was going to look, where the island would be positioned, and how the perimeter and utility room cabinetry would look. After a few tweaks back and forth, we knew we had designed our dream kitchen.
Do you feel you have achieved your vision for your kitchen with the finished result?
Definitely. Now, when we have family and friends over, we can really ‘use’ the space for entertaining, cooking and relaxing, all at the same time. We’re looking forward to getting the bifold doors that connect the kitchen to the garden open and having BBQs in the sunshine.
“The Wilshaw project is a fantastic example of how using a deeper colour like Forest Green can really bring a space to life. The deep green hue lends itself so well to the property’s heritage features that include old barn windows and exposed metal beams and stonework, while still ensuring the kitchen feels contemporary and modern. The finished design is one that truly stands out from the crowd, and it has completely transformed the way our clients live in the space.”