‘Jo and Rob were renovating a 1970’s property in Surrey and wanted to give it a clean, contemporary look but with a warm and welcoming feel to the overall house. The kitchen is a large room with a dining area as well as a sofa and two armchairs meaning that the family spend most of their time together there. The kitchen had to feel part of the room and tie in with their oak furniture whilst remaining highly functional for Jo, who is an avid cook. They were keen to have the sink under the window looking out to the rear garden to keep any mess away from the main hob run and they wanted an island with seating for their 2 children to eat breakfast at. They choose this kitchen because they felt the oak handle rails and integrated oak features added a real warmth to the kitchen rather than it feeling too cold and clinical as some handleless kitchens can feel. We designed the book-matched wall units above the induction hob (which also houses the extractor) to add another layer of oak and complement the dark units. They love the combination of the light floor and pale quartz worktop with the dark units (painted in F&B Railings).