Take a tour around a walnut and sycamore kitchen

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Pale sycamore furniture has been tempered with the richer tones of American Black walnut to form an elegant contrasting design in this kitchen by Underwood. Central to the scheme is a four-tiered, boomerang-shaped island with ample room so guests can linger with a cocktail.

1/10 Underwood kitchen

kitchen with wooden area and table and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

2/10 Refrigeration area

refrigeration area with fridge freezer and wine coolers

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

One side of the room is dedicated to cold storage and includes a professional-style fridge freezer and wine coolers, all by Sub-Zero.

3/10 Sink and waste disposal

sink area with small kohler and tap

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A round hole has been precision-cut into the Orissa Blue granite worktop to accommodate a small  Kohler prep sink. The matching adjacent ‘circle’ lifts to reveal a chute that vegetable peelings can be swept into.

4/10 Built-in pantry

pantry with shelving and dark grey floor tiles

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A purpose-built walnut pantry is filled with a combination of shelving and pull-out storage drawers for dry foods and produce, such as flour, pasta, potatoes and onions. The neutral Delta Dark Grey floor tiles came from Eurotiles.

5/10 Hobs

hobs with oven and drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

Positioned in the island, two ceramic domino hobs and one gas hob by Wolf, allow for cooking flexibility.  A Miele double oven and Wolf warming drawer are positioned in the bank behind. Small walnut drawers store herbs and spices.

6/10 Bespoke drawers

wooden drawers with dividing system

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A sycamore dividing system has been incorporated in a drawer so that pan lids are always easy to find.

7/10 Tea leaf drawers

tea leaf drawer with walnut cupboard

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A smart walnut cupboard opens to reveal a tea leaf store with drawers beautifully inscribed for family members’ favourite breakfast brews.

8/10 Coffee machine

coffee machine with drawers and shelf for cup

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A perfect example of the kitchen’s zoning, this Miele coffee machine has trays above it and a drawer below that pulls out to form a smart shelf for cups.

9/10 Dishwashers

dish washer with wooden and marble worktop

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

There are two Miele dishwashers in the kitchen, a slimline one for everyday use and a full-size one for when the owners are entertaining friends and family.

10/10 Breakfast bar

breakfast bar with flying glass worktop and leather bar stools

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Still)

A surfboard-shaped, flying-glass worktop provides a handy area for guests to place their drinks while they perch on nearby chocolate brown leather bar stools from John Lewis.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.