We were asked to create a kitchen that looks like it should be featured in an interiors magazine? When you have the opportunity to do something special, you take it!

Wicklow furniture designers Rhatigan & Hick are adept at traditional country kitchen designs but when they get the chance to create something contemporary they love to jump at it. This project on a Dublin home is a striking example of their eclectic yet sophisticated design approach.

Starting from scratch.

We met this client when their house was still in the planning stages. This gave us the opportunity to move walls and position windows to suit the kitchen lay-out.

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Windows and walls were coordinated with the kitchen layout. Range Cooker from Britannia. Rhatigan and Hick Photo: BMLMedia

Integrated approach to the whole home

Our client had known about us before they engaged us for the design, we had worked for friends of theirs in the past. We provide a high level of service and additional design work in all our projects so the kitchen becomes much more integrated into the overall style of the home.

Open plan family dining room linked to sitting room via a sliding ‘Barn’ style door. Rhatigan and Hick Photo: BMLMedia

Alternative materials to create a unique look

It was super to work with people that were so open to our ideas. They had a good imagination and were receptive to our concept of a ‘Warehouse Conversion’ look to the room. They wanted a big sliding door but their architect thought it wouldn’t work with the house. That’s where we came up the idea to do a painted rough sawn oak finish to the fridge and larder cabinets and rough sawn wood panelling on the walls. This helps gel all these elements together.

Rough hewn
Rough-sawn oak cabinets for the larder and fridge provides a contemporary yet rustic look. Rhatigan and Hick Photo: BMLMedia

The rest of the kitchen cabinetry is based on a display we had in our showroom. It’s simple in-frame shaker style doors and includes our custom stainless steel extractor hood. The island unit was painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’ while the main counter space was Helen Turkington ‘Salt & Pepper’.

Carrara marble worktops and in-frame Shaker-style cabinet doors in Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’. Rhatigan and Hick Photo: BMLMedia

It was great to work with these clients from start to finish. This allowed us to choose the lighting (see reclaimed pendants below) and help with flooring and wall colour choices too. The floorboards here are ‘Castle White’ from Oscar Ono.

Painted rough wood walls, hardwood floors and eclectic soft furnishings.
Painted rough timber walls, ‘Castle White’ hardwood floors and eclectic soft furnishings. Rhatigan and Hick Photo: BMLMedia

Rhatigan and Hick

Rhatigan & Hick, Aughrim

Kitchen and furniture designers and makers based in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow working across Ireland and abroad, creating fine hand-made cupboards for the residential market.
To find out more about Rhatigan & Hick and their range of traditional and contemporary kitchens, visit their website at RhatiganandHick.ie or follow them on Facebook.