LIGHT AND AIRY SHAKER

LIGHT AND AIRY SHAKER

Light and airy Shaker kitchen

This stunning light and airy shaker kitchen designed by Clinton, perfectly executes how you don’t need to stick to a warm colour palette in the design, in order to achieve a warm and welcoming feel to your finished kitchen.

The details

Kitchen: Brigitte – Silk Grey Matt lacquer

Worktop: 20mm White Arabesque Silestone Quartz / Walnut (40mm stave) breakfast bar.

Designer: Clinton Patey

“We are wholly delighted with the overall project, attention to detail and finish of our kitchen. 
Constructive dialogue and a willingness to work with our bespoke elements throughout the process, problem solving as required, was greatly appreciated. Thank you”

DAVINA AND BRENDAN R

WHITE AND WALNUT

WHITE AND WALNUT

White and walnut kitchen

This beautiful white and walnut kitchen designed by Clinton was one of the larger projects we’ve seen here at The Kitchen Partners. Sometimes it’s not just about redesigning the kitchen, but more so thinking outside the box and changing the kitchen location completely if possible.

The customer’s original kitchen was tucked away in the house, and as a result lacked a lot of light. The room felt cramped and it was difficult to socialise in without feeling on top of each other. Instead of having two closed off rooms, the decision was made to create an open-plan multi-functional living space that can be enjoyed by all the family. In addition to this, the kitchen would swap positions with the lounge area. Making the most of the large sash windows and glass door that feature on this side of the room, leading into the garden.

The new kitchen placement lends itself to copious amounts of beautiful, natural light. Bright, white walls and kitchen units compliment the generously tall ceilings within the room. Allowing the natural light to illuminate the room as it reflects off the lighter surfaces. A striking green glass splash-back wraps itself all the way around the back wall of the kitchen, adding a fresh nature-like element to the design as it ties in with the natural wooden Walnut doors.

The Details:

Kitchen: White matt laminate & Walnut effect laminate

Worktop: Silestone – Miami White

Designer: Clinton Patey

White & Walnut kitchen with green splashback
Walnut wooden kitchen

“Clinton, Fiona and their team were brilliant when we had our kitchen fitted. We looked at quite a few companies as we were moving our kitchen from one room to another, so quite a large job. Everything ran so smoothly (and on time!) and we are so pleased with the end result. Clinton came up with some excellent design ideas that we had not thought of. I would not hesitate to use The Kitchen Partners again or recommend them to anyone. Thank you for giving me the kitchen I have dreamt of for the past 10 years!”

HOLLY & RYAN S

MINIMALIST MODERN

MINIMALIST MODERN

Minimalist white and black kitchen

Minimalist modern kitchen

This minimalist modern kitchen is monochrome at its finest. What was once an old garage is now converted into the epitome of a sleek, contemporary kitchen. Often with open plan kitchens, simplicity can be a great canvas to work with – simple lines and plenty of storage lead to a tidy, minimalist look.

In addition, high-quality cabinets and doors allow details to be paired back creating sophistication in highlighting the quality of materials. The white Corian worktop coordinates well with the on-trend black window frames, glass splash-back and bar-stools. Minimal colour draws attention towards the clean lines of the classic German kitchen design. In this instance Clinton’s client was also the architect for the project. Therefore, the build was a collaborative process between the two of them. Most importantly the end goal being to create an open-plan kitchen that could work as a multi-functional living/work space. For example, having the island as big as possible (whilst maintaining good movement space around it), meant maximum storage and results in the island being a perfect social space.

The Details:

Kitchen: White high-gloss lacquer

Worktop: Corian – Glacier white

Designer: Clinton Patey

monochrome modern kitchen
Minimalist modern kitchen design

We started working with the Kitchen Partners early on in the process of converting an old garage into a contemporary home for my wife and I. It was a collaborative process where we shared ideas on how the open-plan space could work as a multi-functional living/work space. Clinton and his team were a huge help creating a kitchen that not only looked fantastic but worked superbly well. I would recommend them to anyone looking to help create their dream home.

Rob & Jayne D

SIMPLISTIC MODERN

SIMPLISTIC MODERN

Simplistic modern kitchen

Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? This client wanted a simplistic modern kitchen that would complement the much loved Victorian dresser that sits to the back of the room. As a result, white high-gloss doors were an obvious answer for this customer. Using minimal colour in the design ensured that the kitchen wouldn’t feel too busy and distract from feature furniture.

The Details:

Kitchen: White high-gloss laminate

Worktop: Corian – Glacier white

Designer: Clinton Patey

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIGGER

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIGGER

 

HOW TO MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN FEEL BIGGER

 

We want to talk about light, not just any light – kitchen light! We’ve made it through the shortest day of the year, and in our eyes, that means there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Undoubtedly, it may well be a very long tunnel (a minute extra a day), but we definitely see some light shining on through. That got us, at The Kitchen Partners, thinking about how wonderful light is! Not just that it’s lovely we’re getting more daylight in our day, but how light can be used as an advantage in the kitchen, for those with a smaller space.

Okay, so your kitchen may not be as big as you’d like. You’ve dreamt about a big open-plan kitchen that spills off into your dining or living room, like the beautiful handleless kitchens you’ve seen in the magazines; but you realistically don’t have the space. It’s a matter of fact, and sadly, unless you look to extend it’s the layout you’re stuck with – but fear not, my kitchen loving friend. Small is good too, small is great in fact (mighty some would even say). If you’ve got a small kitchen space, it opens up potential to get really clever with your design ideas. Hidden nooks and crannies you’ll spend just that bit too long opening and closing in front your friends, when they first come round to see your new dream kitchen layout.

You’ve got to use the space wisely, and here at The Kitchen Partners, (Whiteladies Road, Bristol) business owners and kitchen designers Clinton & Fiona Patey know exactly how to do that.

 

LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: HOW CLEVER USE OF LIGHTING CAN BRIGHTEN UP YOUR KITCHEN AND MAKE IT SEEM BIGGER.

 

Lighten Up:

 

You can make both the natural and artificial lighting do the work for you, when it comes to making a small kitchen space feel bigger. The general rule of thumb is to use light, soft tones (white & grey) and reflective materials to bounce light around the room. As lighter shades are more reflective this will allow both natural and artificial light to bounce off, making your kitchen feel airy and open. That being said, if you’ve had your heart set on having a darker finish in your kitchen; try using darker tones on the base units and keep everything else, including the walls, light to balance out the colour. 

Your kitchen may lend itself to plenty of natural light, which would definitely be in your favour. Natural bright light will make a room feel more open and welcoming; it can also really help to create a fresh atmosphere. We would suggest incorporating a mirror splash-back, to reflect light around more of the room (as seen in our Brigitte display kitchen in our showroom), taking full advantage of that wonderful natural light. 

 

Kitchen light:

Be sure to make use of every nook and cranny by allowing space for storage at the planning stage. Consider integrating appliances, choosing deep drawers for pots and pans to create a clutter- free kitchen that allows light to bounce around the room undisturbed.  Integrated appliances (usually fridges and dishwashers), can be designed hidden behind a door so they blend into the rest of your kitchen cabinets. This really helps to create fluidity in your kitchen, which offers an overall larger, clutter free appearance and more surfaces for light to reflect.

We feel the importance of good lighting cannot be stressed enough, but don’t get us wrong we understand sometimes great natural light isn’t always available. In some cases with a smaller kitchen space, lighting is often lacking, coming just from ceiling fixtures in the center of the room. Add LED lighting under, above and even inside the cabinets to make the room feel much brighter and bigger, as the dark shadows around the cabinets would otherwise visually shrink the space.

 

LED unit kitchen lighting

 

So come visit us at our kitchen showroom, on 102 Whiteladies Road, Bristol to discuss all things kitchen design – be it big or small!