February 2020: At Ledbury Studio, we know that successful kitchen design is so much more
than making big decisions, such as what to place where and which worktop material to choose.
Small (sometimes overlooked) details make a big difference, contributing considerably to the
overall look and feel of a kitchen. Read on to find out which details matter and why…
1From filling the kettle to washing pots and pans, your kitchen tap works hard. What’s more, it is always
on show — very often pride of place on the kitchen island — so choose one that offers good looks as
well as excellent functionality. To complement the antiqued copper finish of the Metallics Collection kitchen,
Charlie Smallbone, founder of Ledbury Studio, has punctuated this space with aged-brass accents. Cue amixer tap from Perrin & Rowe (above left), which strikes a balance between form and function.
2 A typical base unit is around 60cm deep, which means everyday essentials can get lost at the
back. Generous drawers neatly solve this problem, pulling out fully so that all the contents are easily
accessible. Shown (above right), drawers in black-stained oak finished with concave handles fashioned
from stainless steel that has been blasted to dull the shine and darken its appearance.
3 A solid bank of wall units can sometimes make
a small kitchen like this one look and feel even
smaller. Charlie has successfully opened up the
space with a fabulous glass-fronted cabinet. Less
obtrusive than standard cupboards, glass allows
you to view the things you love whilst keeping them
dust free. Here (see left), a winning combination of
glass and black-stained oak is a stunning contrast
to the Bianco Macaubas Quartzite worktops, sink
4 Ledbury Studio pays as much attention to the
inside of its kitchens as it does to the outside.
No detail is too small, even down to organising
drawers with dividers so that everything slots
neatly into its own space. A high-quality cupboard
interior will ensure the longevity of your kitchen, so
Ledbury Studio only uses the finest materials. In
this kitchen (right), the interiors are oak.
5 Mounting a hanging rail
above the worktop (left)
frees up drawer and counter
space, as well contributing
to an open feel in this small
kitchen. The rail seen here
is aged brass, which ties
in beautifully with the tap
and the base of the blue
velvet bar stools to create
a cohesive feel. Above the
hanging rail is a display
shelf, making a feature out of
everyday items and placing
them within easy reach.
6 Why shy away from bold pattern in the kitchen when making a feature of one wall will transform the
space from ordinary to extraordinary? The lush vegetation on this mural (D-Dream by Iksel Decorative
Arts) is a good fit for the flashes of aged brass that punctuate the kitchen. It also provides a more interesting
vista from the island