Rotpunkt Kitchen in White with blue Mercury Range Cooker.

There are some colours that are totally timeless when it comes to fashion, and interiors fashion also has its own phases with white being a current key ‘colour’, although not technically a colour as such.  White is clean, timeless, fresh and uplifting and you can see many examples of how Mark and Jacob Johnson, our team of expert kitchen designers, have created a number of contemporary white kitchens for clients including Rotpunkt matt white lacquer doors with timber panels plus pictures – see under Fitted Kitchen Projects on our website.

You can also read about our other white kitchen projects and case studies on our website in more depth including the high gloss version of a Rotpunkt kitchen that Mark teamed up with Grey Wild Oak panels that add warmth and contrast to the project.

Rotpunkt Kitchen in Stone and Urban Wild Oak.

Our Rotpunkt High Gloss Kitchen in Stone and Urban Wild Oak and White Acrylic worktops.

If white is your favourite colour then come along and see our full size showroom white high gloss kitchen with Urban Wild Oak panels which will give you a real feel for how such a kitchen could look in your home, either in a small space or as part of an open plan project.

The Urban Wild Oak was also selected by another client who had it teamed up with the Rotpunkt high gloss, but in a slightly warmer tone of Sand and introduced other warm and bold colours to the decoration of the room.  This particular client also had the Urban Wild Oak extended to cover a whole wall, floor to ceiling of units, again adding warmth and intrigue to the design with huge amounts of ‘hidden’ storage, with the a large stainless steel fridge freezer in the middle of the wall, simply stunning!

So if white is your favoured colour then come along and take a look at our full range of contemporary kitchens, which also come in a vast choice of other colours – plus our traditional Shaker style kitchens which you can have painted any shade of white, or other colour you wish.

Ted the dog in front of our British Total Control AGA.

Even though we design and sell both German and British kitchens and interiors, we are still a patriotic bunch here at Beau-Port.  We love working with British craftsmen and we have formed close links with some of the very best in the business, who are all based in our green and pleasant land.  We are also very choosy about who we will work with and trust with our bespoke designs as we always want to be better than the competition!  Our Shaker style and traditional kitchens are not only handcrafted by our talented team of expert cabinet makers but are also installed by the very same craftsmen who have turned our designs into reality.

Just one example of our hand crafted, made in britain furniture. This kitchen features all hand crafted furniture with a wonderful bespoke range cooker canopy.

Just one example of our hand crafted, made in britain furniture. This kitchen features all hand crafted furniture with a wonderful bespoke range cooker canopy.

We all have a passion for what we do and enjoy the process of seeing a kitchen or interiors project evolve from first ideas — ours and crucially the client’s own ideas — into the final finished and perfect project.  We also get a huge buzz from the client feedback we get and can boast that it is always positive — so much so that many of our clients call us back to do further projects in their homes, usually starting with a kitchen then moving onto projects in the bedrooms, living areas, laundry and boot rooms and more recently with our media centre designs which sit well in open plan living/dining/kitchen areas or some clients prefer to have their own separate media rooms — these can be either bespoke British made designs or contemporary German furniture, handcrafted by Rotpunkt, a leading name in fitted high-end cutting edge modern furniture.

One of our most recently photographed projects, an absolutely stunning kitchen in a beautiful Art Deco Bed & Breakfast.

One of our most recently photographed projects, an absolutely stunning kitchen in a beautiful Art Deco Bed & Breakfast. This furniture is Rotpunkt, featuring the deep grained Bardolia door painted with a high gloss door on the floating tall units.

Our best of British also extends to the independent standalone pantries we have recently designed.  A great idea for those who want a bit of extra storage space in or close to their kitchens. As a separate piece of fine furniture they have the additional benefit of being able to go with you should you decide to move home.  We see these pieces of furniture as the heirlooms of the future, to be handed down from generation to generation.

We can also alter these and customize them for use in other areas of the home — as a bed linen store — the French would call them an armoire and the old-fashioned name for them in Britain used to be ‘linen press’.  A great place to store all the bed linen, towels, table cloths etc.

Another area we enjoy working in is the creation of bespoke individual pieces of furniture to go with a kitchen project, a specially designed dining table, or console table — all British designed and hand crafted to the client’s specifications.

Our 2000 sq. ft. showrooms at Bentworth, Hampshire – close to Alton and just off the road to Basingstoke which is approximately 8 miles away, currently houses a range of full-scale kitchens and interiors displays including our new AGA kitchen display.  You can’t get more British than an AGA – the epitome of British style and has been part of our culture for generations.

Our Patterdale terrier cross Ted, a vital part of our team and again a very British breed, seems to favour this part of the showroom and we often find him loitering close to the Total Control AGA, especially when it is on in the winter months.  We couldn’t resist taking this picture of him by the AGA and how beautifully he colour coordinated with the entire kitchen – except of course the Heather signature colour AGA!

Ted and the rest of the team would be delighted to chat with you over a coffee around the AGA and explore your vision for your dream kitchen or interiors project that we can help you turn into a reality.

Mrs Bowler and her Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. This project featured a very open plan space combining kitchen, living and dining all into one long, expansive space.

The kitchen is no longer just a kitchen – it can also be a study, media room, games and entertainment space, as well as somewhere to cook, eat and entertain.  The growing trend for more multi-functional spaces, now goes beyond the desire for just the open plan living of an extended kitchen, dining area and family room combined.

The way that we now live is very different to even the way we lived just a few years ago.  The fast pace of developing technology – Wi-Fi, the development of more mobile independent devices and the way we choose to access and view our entertainment, have all contributed to the changes in how we use the space in our homes.

One of our projects incorporated a media centre into the kitchen design (see header image above), which also had a sitting area as well as a dining area.  Our client Jo Bowler commented on how this single, larger space and the various design features that Mark, our Beau-Port Head Designer, incorporated into the kitchen, have actually enhanced the quality of life for herself and her family,  bringing them closer together.  She reported that they now communicate and connect more because they all gather and spend most of their time in this new space.

Mrs Bowlers Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. Here you can see how two defined areas can be combined to produce a more social environment.

Mrs Bowlers Rotpunkt High Gloss kitchen. Here you can see how two defined areas can be combined to produce a more social environment.

“Mark’s initial designs were amazing, he understood exactly what I wanted and it was great to see the 3D designs and his great attention to every detail.  He has created a kitchen that is the heart of the home and where everyone could relax and enjoy the space together.  It has really changed the way we live.  The family gathers around the central island and my children are spending more time with me and together, rather than in their respective bedrooms,” said Jo Bowler.

Another one of our clients, Christine Boot, just loves to linger in her kitchen with her husband after a long day at work and commented:  “At night we switch the main LED ceiling lights off and just have the lights over the breakfast bar and the concealed lighting under the counter and the ‘Floating’ shelves.  It creates a really cosy atmosphere and we often end up spending the whole evening in the kitchen just chatting and playing on our iPads.”

In a recent TV interview Kevin Spacey commented: “All the best, character led drama is now on TV not film.”  There is now a huge choice available to TV viewers and a larger number of ways to access this choice – smart phone, tablet, laptop, Netflix or streaming through their widescreen HD TV.

The benefit of this modern technology is that everyone can still be in the same room, sharing the same space while watching whatever they want to watch independently.  Or viewing the things they all enjoy watching together on their widescreen HD TV in their media centres.  The choice of sports available during the later stages of the World Cup also included the British Formula One at Silverstone, the start of the Tour De France from Yorkshire and the Wimbledon Men’s Final, all on at the same time.  But the latest technology can at least help to save the family arguments about who gets to see their favourite programme or sports event.

With their new Beau-Port media centre the Bowler family now also enjoy watching TV and films together in their new open plan, multi-functional space designed by Mark.

Mrs Courtier's In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Farrow & Ball Green Blue & Wimborne White

Many years ago I employed a local builder to manage a number of projects on my home – the design and installation of a new kitchen, new bathroom and work on other areas of the property. The builder had been recommended by a friend and I felt confident about handing over the keys to my house to let him get on with the work while I went away on holidays. The day came when the builder arrived and as I was about to get into the taxi to take me off on a relaxing, chill out holiday he revealed that he had not checked the measurements of the kitchen and that a number of the units would not fit in place. This not only destroyed my confidence in him, but my holiday as well. Having confidence in the person who is managing your project and knowing that they are meticulous about every detail of the project – including checking measurements, is vital.  My experience with this particular builder was a hard and expensive lesson to learn. So I feel proud to hear the comments coming from our Beau-Port kitchens and interiors clients when they sing the praises of Mark and his team when it comes to hassle free, professional project management – and yes, clients do have the confidence to go off on their holidays knowing that they will come home to a perfect new kitchen or interiors project created by Beau-Port.

Wharf Select - A Beau-Port Kitchens design

“We felt so comfortable with Mark and confident in his expertise that we took ourselves off on holidays…” Christine Boot – Oakley, Hampshire.

We felt so comfortable with Mark and confident in his expertise that we took ourselves off on holidays and left Mark and his excellent team to get on with the project.  We are really thrilled with the design, finish and quality of the kitchen.  It has really changed the way we live for the better and the reaction from friends and family has been WOW!  They just can’t believe the transformation,” said Christine Boot.

Mrs Yonge's In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Teresa's Green.

“Every day there was someone here, moving the project forward and Mark was charming and very helpful.” Mrs. Yonge – Bentworth, Hampshire.

Kate Yonge was another satisfied client of Beau-Port’s and commented: “It was a great team effort with Mark’s design and project management  – in fact there are a lot of clever people on Mark’s team.  Every day there was someone here, moving the project forward and Mark was charming and very helpful. We are delighted with the finished job and the sense of spaciousness that we now have in the kitchen as well as all the extra storage.  We would highly recommend Beau-Port to anyone thinking of getting a new kitchen.”

Mrs. Courtier's In Frame Shaker Kitchen in Farrow & Ball Green Blue & Wimborne White

“Mark’s problem solving and attention to detail was enormously helpful and his very calm manner meant everything ran so smoothly…” Mrs. Courtier – Bentworth, Hampshire.

Having any kind of home improvement work or major change to your home can be stressful and one of Beau-Port’s other clients, Kathryn Courtier said: “Mark’s problem solving and attention to detail was enormously helpful and his very calm manner meant everything ran so smoothly as he coordinated the whole project, making it seem effortless and Clare and their son Jacob were also so efficient and helpful.  I wouldn’t go anywhere else for a kitchen than Beau-Port.”

Me too!  Mark is the only one I would trust to project manage my new kitchen or interiors project!

One of the joys of having a new kitchen designed and fitted is using your new appliances for the very first time.  It is all a bit like driving away that new car, with its new smell and feel – knowing that no one else has used it before – you are the first.

It is the same with a new cooker or intelligent hob for the first time and cooking that first meal.

Beau-Port can add another joy to that first time experience – with up to £1000 of Experience Vouchers when customers purchase 5 selected Siemens built-in appliances with a studioLine induction hob, with the appliances incorporated into a Beau-Port designed and installed kitchen.

Our clients who are having a kitchen designed and installed by us can choose from a range of bespoke travel and activity breaks, for example an overnight stay in a luxury treehouse, 2 days surfing in Biarritz or a more decadent break in Nice that features and unforgettable trip to Monte Carlo.  What a great way to celebrate the completion of your new dream kitchen!

Take a look at our previous blog – Is your hob intelligent enough to recognise all your pans? This will give you a brief insight into the Siemens studioLine induction hob.

Offering a balance of sophisticated design and state of the art technology, Siemens studioLine appliances are perfect for those looking for something special. Experience innovative products such as the combination steam ovens and full surface induction hob, offering a new level of cooking flexibility.

Mark and our team at Beau-Port are continuously looking for the best latest technologies to incorporate into our kitchen designs.  Beau-Port sells and installs a range of Siemens studioLine products including intelligent hobs and also the very latest oven technologies featuring 3D hotAir, temperature probes and more – come and visit the showroom to see the latest cooking innovations!

(Promotion available until 30th November 2014)

Terms and conditions found here on Siemens website.

Tell a woman that you have bought a new car and the first thing she will ask is “What colour is it?” Colour is one of the most fundamentally important things to human life – in the world of nature it can signal danger or a source of food.

Imagine our lives without colour, everything in black and white and how that would affect us in many ways, especially spiritually and emotionally.  In the long-term a world without colour would affect our whole well-being and somehow life would not seem worth living.

As an interiors designer Mark Johnson, our Head Designer at Beau-Port, has worked with colour all of his professional life and understands the value of colour, how it can create mood, atmosphere, warmth and even attract light into a dull or shadowy space.  He has a detailed understanding of how light moves through a room and the effect it has at different times of the day.

“Mark helped a lot with selecting the colour of the kitchen and he knows how different colours will look in different situations and light, both with the units and the natural quartz granite work surfaces,” commented Adam Day who has recently had a Beau-Port kitchen designed and installed.

Oak and Painted Slab Door Kitchen in Elephants Breath for Mr & Mrs Day in Eversley, Hampshire.

Oak and Painted Slab Door Kitchen in Elephants Breath for Mr & Mrs Day in Eversley, Hampshire.

The chosen colour for Adam’s kitchen was Farrow and Ball’s ‘Elephant’s Breath’ and as they say on the Farrow and Ball website, who else would name a paint ‘Elephant’s Breath’?  With their quirky paint names the Farrow and Ball brand has grown in popularity, as they can create unrivalled depth of colour, with timeless tones that are perfect for the Beau-Port bespoke kitchens – from the very contemporary style bespoke kitchens, through the Shaker style kitchens and modern traditional designs and are favoured by Beau-Port for their quality and endurance, as well as the way they add something special to each kitchen or interiors project.

In-Frame Shaker Kitchen in Pavilion Grey and Old White for Mr & Mrs Burleton in Rockerwich, Hampshire.

In-Frame Shaker Kitchen in Pavilion Grey and Old White for Mr & Mrs Burleton in Rotherwick, Hampshire.

Another client of Beau-Port’s selected Farrow and Ball’s ‘Pavilion Grey’ for the central island of her kitchen with ‘Old White’ on the wall units.  “I just love the soft toned colours of the units that I chose from the colour chart display in the Beau-Port showroom.  They are very easy on the eye, very calming yet warm,” commented Liz Burleton.

In-Frame Oak & Painted Shaker Kitchen in Pigeon. Mr & Mrs Patel, Camberley, Surrey.

In-Frame Oak & Painted Shaker Kitchen in Pigeon. Mr & Mrs Patel, Camberley, Surrey.

‘Pigeon’ was another F & B colour that Mark could see would work well in Liz Patel’s kitchen.  Mark Johnson has an artist’s eye and appreciation for the power of colour gives him an understanding of how to use colour in different spaces and situations. He recommended the ‘Pigeon’ paint colour on some of the units to bring in a warm, yet neutral tone into the kitchen and to identify the specific areas such as the central island and the counter top larder and linking that in to the dining table by painting the legs in this soft muted tone.  “We are also thrilled with the choice of Caesarstone that Mark recommended as that has also added more warmth to the look of the kitchen, and he recommended the type and colour of flooring that would best suit our family use,” said Liz Patel

Beau-Port’s bespoke hand painted kitchens are designed and built to last a lifetime and one of the key benefits of having a painted kitchen is that in years to come if you want to change the look and feel of your kitchen you can transform it with a new colour - Farrow and Ball of course!

Beau-Port’s bespoke hand painted kitchens are designed and built to last a lifetime and one of the key benefits of having a painted kitchen is that in years to come if you want to change the look and feel of your kitchen you can transform it with a new colour – Farrow and Ball of course!r4

The Farrow and Ball colour follows through onto the dresser linking the kitchen to snug and has also been used on the canopy that hides the extractor hood over the AGA, another area of the kitchen that Liz feels has benefited from Mark’s inspired designer’s mind and eye. ”Mark also used the colour on the countertop larder, which not only looks amazing but is one of my other favourite features of the kitchen and no other kitchen design company could give me a design like that.  It is amazingly practical, in the perfect position in the kitchen and looks stunning,” continued Liz Patel.

Beau-Port’s bespoke hand painted kitchens are designed and built to last a lifetime and one of the key benefits of having a painted kitchen is that in years to come if you want to change the look and feel of your kitchen you can transform it with a new colour – Farrow and Ball of course!

‘The Kitchen’ – the new TV series on Monday nights on BBC 2 is nothing to do with kitchen interiors, the latest style of appliances, how to design your dream kitchen or how big your new open plan kitchen living area could be – but more about how families live and come together in the kitchen and the importance of this central room within family life and culture.

It has been described by the Radio Times as ‘Gogglebox’ with cutlery that shows the British class system in miniature. While the Independent calls it ‘a delightful slice of British life.’

It gives us a view of the different attitudes to food, how and when and where we eat it. Plus it gives us all a fly on the wall view of their kitchens – newly fitted, older traditional kitchens, Shaker style and purely practical spaces for the families to come together to cook, eat, discuss and sometimes argue.  The family with six children named after plants have a Shaker style kitchen complete with central island with basket storage underneath.  While the Harrar family from Staffordshire have a very traditional kitchen with a beamed ceiling and a family from Cardiff seem to favour the more contemporary look.  A Cheltenham couple have a light, bright painted kitchen where their young family meet with all their various pets.

The series clearly shows just how important the kitchen is in each home – the very heart of the home and sometimes the only place where all the family will gather at one time.  It makes for fascinating viewing and is well worth watching.

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