A calming family kitchen-diner with smart storage and banquette seating

Busy with their young children plus frequent guests, the owners wanted a kitchen with space to eat and relax, plus an admin area for working from home and homework monitoring. A lean-to extended the space and banquette at the island is the real star – more comfortable than bar stools but all the storage and prep space of a regular island.

The overall look and style is classic Humphrey Munson with polished nickel hardware. Crisp, fresh and classical. The soft colour palette is designed to feel calm and welcoming and the oak breaks up the painted cabinetry.

The Nickleby kitchen, painted in HM’s Tailored Grey and Farthing II eggshell, from £40,000; Havisham dining chairs, £795 each; Leppingwell dining table, £4,542, all Humphrey Munson. Knightsbridge quartz worktops, from £250sq m, CRL Stone. Brampton limestone flooring, £132sq m; walls in Main Sail emulsion, £66 for 2.5ltr, both Humphrey Munson. H2661BP1 single oven, £1,320; KM6115 induction hob, £1,065; G4263 SCVi dishwasher, £849, all Miele. Three oven cooker in Black, from £11,020, Aga. RS90AU1 integrated French door fridge freezer, £3,399, Fisher & Paykel.

Photograph/ Paul Craig