The Sleek Chalet

This chalet is a renovation set in the centre of Morzine; we were commission to create a sleek modern kitchen which still maintained some of the chalet feel. This was both a rental property and a family holiday home so it was important to maintain a welcoming homely whilst still having a stylish wow factor.




Morzine, Haute Savoie


Graphite, Grey, Black, Wood


Melamine, Silestone, Chene de Poutre, Steel

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This kitchen is part of an open plan living space; just around the corner from the living room but still visible from the dining room, we needed to ensure that the sleek style travelled throughout. With a pop of colour on a feature wall, the light grey of the Silestone matched with the tones of the wood complimented this rather than trying to compete.

There are floor to ceiling windows opposite the kitchen, creating a light and airy feel, so incorporating wooden touches into the design lifted the anthracite grey, to ensure that it didn't feel like the kitchen was hidden away in a dark corner. LED lights under the cabinetry and the floor to ceiling run, ensured that that the sleek design was complete.

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Industrial Look Meets Chalet Style

The design brief for this kitchen was to create a modern and appealing kitchen which wasn't set in the chalet style. The chalet itself is quite a traditional design so it was important to us to incorporate elements of this (such as the wooden touches) to ensure that the look travelled throughout, without turning it into a traditional wooden kitchen.

The dark doors and contrasting wood adds a little bit of uniqueness to the kitchen; the silestone work surface adds an industrial feel as it closely resembles polished concrete, matching this with the black handle rails and anthracite tap and soap dispenser ensured that the kitchen felt a little bit different than the traditional chocolate box style. The anthracite pendant lights with brass holders (the very same from our showroom) add to the alternative feel and bring the chalet into the 21st century.

As the property was going to be rented out it was important that the kitchen was suitable for such usage; therefore the doors are melamine, the silestone work surface is one that is hardwearing and there is plenty of storage for both food and crockery, pans and cutlery.

The kitchen itself is built around three corners, using three sets of corner mechanisms would become very expensive. Therefore we used one of the corners differently - creating a cabinet you can access from the other side of the breakfast bar - suitable to store glassware or tableware in, meaning that when laying the table you don't need to enter the kitchen - important for smaller kitchens which cater for more than a couple of people.

We love the worktop soap dispenser; it is touches like these that really make people love their kitchens. You can change the soap easily from under the work surface, and it means less items out on the worksurface so ensures a clean and modern feel (if thats the look you want to achieve.) The matching tap and sink just completes the look and adds an expensive feel. The light switch integrated into the side of the cabinet also adds to the overall sleek feel, whilst also allowing more space for storage as it wasn't necessary to leave a space on the wall for a socket.

A stack cabinet in the corner to hide toasters or other appliances away is also a great way to ensure clear work surfaces when looking at the kitchen. To add a little bit of personality into this function we incorporated a breakfast bar overhang which is supported by a wooden open shelf unit - suitable for bottles of wine or trinkets, depending which way you are inclined.

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