Kitchen Trends 2018

It can be the small, simple details of your kitchen design – tailored to the way that you and your family use the space – that make your bespoke Griggs & Mackay kitchen a joy to use.

Every project we undertake is unique. Nothing we do is ever reproduced. It’s a truly bespoke service – tailored to the exact dimensions of your kitchen, tailored to the exact dimensions of your wishes.

From handmade cabinetry and ergonomic islands, to cleverly hidden storage and carefully chosen colour palettes – you’ll find a variety of our most recent projects in this gallery to inspire you!

Light & Bright

This bright and airy country kitchen was hand-painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Strong White’ throughout, paired with stunning, speckled granite worktops.

In the centre of the space is a large, single-level island that stretches generously across the kitchen with plenty of integrated storage.

An ingenious glass partition window further opens up the space, drawing light into the room and increasing a sense of flow and connectivity.

Classic Country 

This cosy, galley kitchen in Abingdon has taken on a New England Country-style, incorporating both traditional wood and light-reflecting, Carrara marble worktops.

Hand-made, floating wooden storage compartments offer a unique yet practical solution in this compact space.

Lovingly-crafted, bespoke units are hand-painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Great White’, with its lilac tones complementing soft-purple, glossy metro tiles.

Warm Neutrals

A neutral palette with the warm tones of wood is the perfect solution for creating a homely, more inviting space.

Not only do they work well in smaller-sized kitchens, but transfer beautifully to an open-plan living space too.

This stunning kitchen project was given a relaxed, yet sophisticated feel – brought together by classic, cream painted cabinetry, beige-toned marble worktops and earthy stone floor tiles.

Vibrant Contemporary

Be inspired by this fabulously daring kitchen colour scheme!

Our client chose a classic cabinet style and updated it with a vibrant, punchy lime green.

To counterbalance, they chose monochrome elements, featuring white quartz counter-tops, matte ceramic floor tiles and a modern, jet-black kitchen island installed with LED lighting and multiple storage options.

Bold Monochrome

Smooth white cabinets and smokey granite worktops make for a sleek, modern feel.

Brought together by charcoal-painted original beams, an industrial-style pendant light and touches of natural wood.

This kitchen design has brought a minimalist elegance to our client’s stunning country home.

Classic Two-Tone 

The classic Shaker-style kitchen is one of our most popular designs, due to its timeless yet distinctive aesthetic.

This style lends itself to any kitchen space, offering countless options in regards to layout, cabinetry, storage options and of course, colour.

Single colour shemes remain an elegant choice, but more and more often we’re seeing clients choose two tone styles, like this beautiful River House kitchen. Embracing darker tones can create depth to your space, whilst adding a modern and on-trend twist.

Contemporary Walnut

This luxurious, contemporary walnut kitchen in Bix, Oxfordshire was a joy to design and build.

Embracing the warmth, richness and opulence of walnut, our client’s kitchen was designed to make an impact.

The contemporary aesthetic with smooth, curved edges was particularly well suited to the modern finishing touches of stainless steel and rich granite.

If you are looking to design your own bespoke kitchen and would like some further information, John & the team would be delighted to help.  Please get in touch via our Contact Page.

Project: Wine Room

Griggs & Mackay  always welcome a challenge when interesting projects come up that can showcase our skill and flare for design

We are currently completing the final touches to a magnificent wine room in Oxfordshire . We thought, why not share with you our journey so far!

This brief was for a wine room that held 4,000 bottles, to be stored securely, in a temperature controlled environment. The room would also be used as a space for entertaining and therefore would need to provide a seating and dining area.

We set about designing around an existing building within the grounds of their impressive Oxfordshire home.

 This involved the construction of two extensions either side of this existing building. These extensions would be used as wine storage/display areas and the existing building would be used for entertaining.

As you can see here, the beauty of the original building has only been enhanced by these two extensions, which now harmoniously blend into one gorgeous building.

All the woodwork, including the wall paneling is made from European Oak, due to it’s lovely depth of colour and durability.

We chose to lay the floor in an aged ceramic tile, which not only compliments the European Oak’s colour, it happens to be extremely resilient to wine staining too- a certain must! We installed electric heated flooring in the entertaining area, which can be controlled from the ease of your phone, anywhere in the world!

A dishwasher and small larder fridge were also fitted either side of the striking copper basin and taps.

Adding to the visual ambiance of the building, we used clear glass doors separating both wine rooms from the central entertainment space. This creates a beautiful feature so the wine collection can be admired undisturbed whilst entertaining. We are also installing a conditioning system, where the atmosphere is controlled at a temperature between 12-13 °C and a constant humidity of 70%, making sure the quality of the wine is carefully preserved. Miele wine coolers were installed for those who prefer white and rosé wines, and of course, lets not forget, all the champagne !!!

The chandeliers and LED lighting have now just been installed, along with the antique mirrored splash back which together, look incredibly impressive. We specifically chose LED lighting to prevent deterioration to the wine.

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The specialist painter is now adding the finishing touches to the ceilings. We will be posting the finished rooms very soon.




Welcome to Griggs & Mackay’s new blog!

We are currently compiling all the best and beautiful bits from our latest projects, including our work in St Tropez and a very special wine cellar! Keep your eyes peeled as this will be coming very soon!