Modern rustic barn – Design Collection Spotlight

The challenge of how to integrate a modern luxury kitchen design into the original architecture of a property is one we are often faced with at Roundhouse. Designer Paul Welburn (based at our Fulham showroom) encountered such a creative conundrum in this bespoke kitchen design. Part of a barn conversion with timber beams and exposed brickwork, Paul harnessed the beauty and integrity of the rustic backdrop to maximum effect. Using a mix of textured oak and a modern, patinated silver finish, the luxury big kitchen design celebrates the bare bones of the barn. At the same time it is infused with a high-end contemporary mood that is a signature look of all beautiful bespoke kitchens from Roundhouse. “The client’s meticulous attention to detail led them to conduct extensive research on furniture and hardware, aiming for a cohesive theme that harmonises with the house and local heritage,” Paul explains.

Two-tier island

At the centre of the luxury kitchen room, is a large two-tier island – a masterclass in expert craftsmanship and British-made design.

“The clients were keen cooks and liked to entertain so the design included a large entertaining space which could cater for a family of three up to 30 people,” declares Paul. “They wanted a kitchen that would be highly practical but one that could transform into a showstopper.”

Indeed, the statement island is the focal point of the bespoke design. What makes this modern kitchen island with seating work so harmoniously is the chunky Nero Assoluto worktops and timber chairs which echo the oak bookmatched veneer elsewhere. But it is the silver oxidised fronts that cleverly and creatively pull this modern custom kitchen island into the twenty-first century and offers so much visual appeal.

“Sustainability was a priority,” he adds, “with recycled wood and natural stone chosen to minimise toxins compared to artificial alternatives.”

Store and order

Inspired by the architecture of the barn, the modern oak Nightingale display cabinet is another key focal point of the bespoke kitchen design. Classic yet cool, the glass fronted kitchen cupboard storage is used to display beautiful glasses, cookware and the owners’ collection of vases and vessels. The contrast between the rough brick backdrop and smooth oak frames creates a textural dynamic that is key to the natural palette of this luxurious kitchen design.

Hi-tech appliances

Like many upmarket kitchen designs by Roundhouse, this one is kitted out with the very latest, hi-tech appliances. With the owners being keen cooks, it features discreetly hidden induction ovens at the back of the bespoke kitchen island, a Quooker hot water tap and a separate tea and coffee station. Everything is easily accessible and ergonomically designed to make cooking, eating and entertaining a real joy every single day.

Back kitchen

An adjoining back kitchen is the main workhorse of the Roundhouse design. Along with a larder room, it’s here that the clients can conjure up a feast without cooking mess or piles of dirty dishes being on display.

“To enhance entertainment capabilities, we incorporated a discreet commercial kitchen for cooking during events,” adds Paul.

The bespoke cabinets in deep navy blue combine with a commercial-grade oven and large stainless steel sink to complete the luxury kitchen design.

“There’s a growing trend where clients are seeking not just a kitchen, but a showstopper space,” says Paul. “The concept of the ‘back kitchen’, which could also include a utility area and walk-in pantry is gaining significant popularity.”

Our expert kitchen designers can help you make the best choices for your Roundhouse bespoke kitchen, furniture or wardrobes. Visit any of our seven Roundhouse showroomsWigmore St, ClaphamFulhamRichmondCambridgeGuildford Cheltenham and get planning!