Light fantastic bathes this classic kitchen

Currently there is a real trend towards glass in the kitchen. Whether this is a kitchen built in an orangery, a kitchen with a roof lantern, bi-fold doors or French windows, the idea is to allow as much natural light in as possible and to make the room an airy space in which to work, however, it is vital to ensure the right shading is used to maintain an environment that is comfortable at all times.

The kitchen has seen perhaps the greatest change of all rooms in recent years. It has changed from being a place simply to prepare food to somewhere which is lived in by the whole family. As it has evolved into a multipurpose space, it has become among the most important rooms in the house and the one which most money is spent on.

Perhaps because of this – and because it is a true working space – comfort in the kitchen is all important. The kitchen of this Jersey house is a case in point. It’s a busy space where everything is designed to work absolutely beautifully.

The Mercury 1200 range cooker is a good example. Its pedigree means everything is designed to the standards required by a professional chef. From the 5kW burner through to its stunning stainless steel looks, it is everything those who love to cook could


This feeling of light and space is enhanced by the use of whites and pale muted tones.The dark marble sets off the white of the kitchen beautifully, giving it a stunning monochrome finish and the cabinetry in the kitchen is built with the user in mind and this really

is a kitchen which has a place for everything.

The soft lines and curves of the units lend themselves perfectly to this very airy space, which has a stunning roof lantern and large glass doors on to a courtyard with a distinctly roman feel.

The use of so much glass in a room can make it a fabulous space, but also one that can get very hot when the sun is shinning. That’s why the final choice of shading was all important here. The owner chose French Pinoleum blinds, which are as beautiful as they are practical. They are all finished in the subtle Grants Chatsworth with Solarwood ® reflective backing and are fully retractable, allowing in maximum light when required.

In keeping with the house’s centrally controlled audio-visual system, the blinds can be operated at a press of a button either through the wall-mounted audio-visual control panel or via a remote control handset. The roof blinds have been seamlessly fitted below the glazing bars allowing several panels within the roof lantern to be covered with one blind. A wooden cornice was then fitted so the blinds would be covered when fully retracted. The homeowner says: “Working with Grants Blinds made things incredibly easy. They were on hand every step of the way to provide advice and make suggestions on the very best way to create shading that looked fabulous and worked perfectly.”

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