My clients in Edinburgh have a busy family life and with two adorable children needed a practical yet beautiful kitchen and dining space to cook and spend time with family and friends.

We talked a lot about how they wished to use the space and we agreed that it needed to be a cook’s kitchen with a range cooker under a generous cookerhood being the central point. The other important feature was a dining space that was warm and welcoming whilst being flexible enough to accommodate a weekday family dinner or a larger family gathering.

The colour scheme was suggested by the clients who liked the idea of blue. We took that and came up with a design for a navy kitchen along the main wall with warm grey units on the facing wall surrounding an american fridge. Brass hardware was chosen as it works so beautifully on both colours.

In its previous incarnation, the kitchen had an awkward peninsula unit which cut into the space and blocked the view to the attractive window. The sink and washing machine were below the window and the dining table was tucked away behind the door. I flipped the kitchen around completely and placed a new dining table underneath the window with a built-in banquette seat wrapping around two sides providing flexible seating for guests.

With banquette seating, it’s easier to move around if the table is oval so I managed to find a perfect sized vintage table which I had refinished in white along with matching chairs which were upholstered in the same grey linen as the banquette cushion. Navy cushions on the banquette tie the kitchen colour into this side of the room in a subtle way and add to the cosy feel. And I just had to add a few blush pink velvet cushions which work so well with the grey and navy.

Storage is a key concern in any kitchen and although this was a sizeable space I still wanted to ensure that the storage was clever and well considered. We used lots of drawer units which are perfect for storing everything from cutlery to pots and pans. We also incorporated two larder units either side of the large american fridge and a narrow pull-out unit for herbs, spices and jars right beside the cooker. The final storage trick I used was to hide the washing machine in a cabinet which was custom designed to look like a dresser unit.

I couldn’t be happier with how the kitchen turned out and was so delighted when the clients told me that their children particularly love the banquette seat.