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Let’s take a closer look at one our projects from earlier in 2023, Cheadle Hulme. Our clients were a young couple who wanted to create a space ideal for entertaining. The space felt really open and welcoming – with high ceilings and a huge amount of natural light pouring in. We loved the symmetry in this blue kitchen design, and some key features included the bespoke larder cupboard, beautiful reeded glass frontals, and the silver antique mirror splashback.

There’s a really lovely depth to the cabinetry colour – hand-painted with Farrow & Ball’s De Nimes shade. This shade is described as a ‘down to earth and grounding blue’. We love how the appearance of the blue changes in the differing light. It’s a stylish shade that will stand the test of time.

The cabinetry colour complemented the worktops wonderfully – which are Calacatta Gold Quartz. The matt black finish on the hardware and the pendant lighting gives the space a contemporary edge that was in-keeping with the interior style seen in the rest of the home.

Every single detail was carefully considered to create a space that felt just right – from the cupboards and colours, to the fittings and internals.

What goes on behind closed drawers matters just as much as the external design elements for a beautiful and fuctional space that you love spending time in.

There was a mix of shallow and deep drawers, internal drawer organisers, a cold shelf in the larder, amongst other smart storage solutions. Ensuring your kitchen has a home for everything, to keep the space organised, is imperative for a happy kitchen!

The bespoke larder cupboard was the client’s favourite feature in the kitchen. As keen coffee enthusiasts, this was the perfect place for a coffee station and collection of stylish mugs. Larder cupboards can be utilised in any way you wish, but can be ideal in saving on valuable worktop space elsewhere in the kitchen when used to house appliances such as coffee machines. What’s more, it can be neatly hidden away after use so the kitchen design remains seamless and clutter-free.

The larder also included push to open drawers and a cold shelf.

Our client was absolutely delighted with the outcome of their kitchen design, and left us the below feedback. Our top priority is always our client’s happiness, so we love hearing kind words like this…

“Thank you to everyone at Thomas James for our stunning kitchen! It was a fantastic experience from start to finish; with designer Andrew, creating and refining our vision. Martin, who meticulously fitted the kitchen whilst being constantly pestered by our dog. And Tom, who went above and beyond for us. We would highly recommend Thomas James to anyone looking for a bespoke kitchen; friendly staff, high standard of finish and craftsmanship, and transparency.”

Do you have an upcoming kitchen renovation that you’d like to discuss? Get in touch with our in-house design team at or head to the contact us page and we’ll be in touch to arrange a design consultation.

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