Nowhere is more suited to a marble-effect work surface than a kitchen in a classic country-style home, making CRL Quartz White Water the perfect fit for this beautiful home in Somerset.

With busy careers that see them jet-setting around the globe, the homeowners wanted to create the perfect country retreat for when they return home, with the kitchen being part of a complete modernisation of the house, which originally dates back to 1690.

Designers Shaker & May included a bold splash of colour on the island unit to inject personality into the finished space, it was important that the remainder of the room was designed in soft neutrals, with the quartz work surface giving a simple and sophisticated contrast to the cabinetry.

The Shaker-style furniture, chosen very much in sympathy with the overall style of this gorgeous listed building, marries beautifully with the marble patterning of the worktops. Similarly, the worktops themselves are the perfect partner for many of the smaller details of the project, such as the nickel knobs and drawer-pull handles, creating that classic touch.

While the rough texture of the original brick wall remains as a feature of the room, the marble-effect White Water surface serves as a stunning visual contrast, responding to the modern trend of combining raw materials in kitchen design. Other materials such as the wood work surface used for the central island unit and the timber flooring further complement the quartz.

The inclusion of not one but two Belfast sinks in the revamped kitchen gives a clue to the homeowner’s love of the great outdoors, making a hardwearing, water resistant and easy to clean surface such as CRL Quartz a vital component. With lots of washing of muddy boots after country walks and gardening, White Water is simple to clean down and keep looking pristine. In fact, this is a surface that introduces the trend for marble with none of the maintenance drawbacks.

CRL Quartz is a clean and contemporary surface which blends seamlessly with the style of the house and its history. When the homeowners began their revamping project their vision was to create a kitchen that was welcoming, relaxing and sociable; the perfect bolthole away from an otherwise hectic pace of life. The result? Exactly that, and a whole lot more.

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