About This Project


This elegant in-frame shaker kitchen is from the Signature range by Mereway and is smooth-painted in Light Grey and Dust Grey. The delicately veined worktops are Dekton Laguna, which is also used up the wall as a stylish splashback.

The kitchen has a large L-shaped layout with a central island and breakfast bar, making it the ideal family and entertaining space.

The timeless, classic style of an in-frame shaker kitchen is the perfect complement to this characterful period home.

Paines & Gray Kitchen Design

The previous kitchen was 15 years old with a cream colour scheme and black granite, and the client had found that it didn’t work for cooking, family life or entertaining. It felt dated, too busy, and congested when everyone was trying to use it.

Integral to the brief for the new kitchen was to design something which would accommodate a busy cooking environment and offer plenty of room for entertaining.

The L-shape layout and central island really fit the bill. The main run of furniture features double Siemens ovens and an AGA. The island features the brilliant BORA Pure hob, plenty of worktop and storage space, and a breakfast bar. This creates a social space for family and friends to hang out but leaves the cooking and food prep area clear for the cook!

Lots of storage was also on the brief to help the family keep the open-plan space feeling uncluttered. We’ve perhaps over-delivered here as the client commented that it is wonderful having a home for everything; the only issue is remembering where he’s put things!

L-shape shaker kitchen layout
Smooth-painted Kitchen in Light Grey and Dust Grey

Prior to the new kitchen being fitted, the room was to undergo a complete refurbishment to achieve the open-plan layout. The refurbished space would feature a large, central pillar, which we needed to accommodate within our design.

However, as the kitchen design started to take shape, we and the client could see how incredible the room would be if a completely clear open-plan space was achieved. The central pillar could be incorporated, but the client felt that it was too much of a compromise on their vision for the room and had it removed during the refurbishment.

Complex structural work was undertaken to make this possible, but the results are so worth it! Working closely with us through the design phase and taking the decision to remove the pillar has created a stunning open-plan kitchen, dining and living room with clear views across the space from all angles.

Plans often change and evolve on building projects, and we have the flexibility and experience to make necessary design changes and work closely with clients to ensure their vision is realised.

Key Appliances

The AGA was a must-have for our client, so the whole design process started from there, where we ensured the AGA was a central feature and at the heart of the kitchen. For total flexibility year-round and with lots of entertaining planned for this kitchen, it is also kitted out with Siemens studioLine ovens and a BORA Pure.

This kitchen is ready to host in style with a Quooker Cube, Liebherr fridge and freezer, and The 1810 company CavaDuo under-mounted sink.

“I’m really happy with it. I knew what I wanted to achieve, and it took a lot longer with the building works, but Paines and Gray were totally flexible and helpful.”

The Client, East Grinstead

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If this beautiful in-frame kitchen has inspired ideas for your home renovation, book a design consultation with us by emailing info@painesandgray.co.uk or by calling the showroom on 01737 906074.