Designed for living–and for life
Karon Read, one of Neptune’s leading kitchen designers, reveals the secret to creating a kitchen that will stand the test of time
We’re all wellaccustomed to the phrase ‘the kitchen is the heart of the home’, and, for most homes, it is very true. Although any form of interior—or exterior—redecoration can be transformative, a kitchen renovation can have the biggest impact on how our entire home feels and on our everyday lives, not to mention the significant value it can add to your property.
Among its edited collections of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home—all designed with elegance and timelessness in mind—british interiors brand, Neptune, has also become widely known for its kitchens. Its product design team has slowly and carefully developed four collections over the years: Chichester, Suffolk, Henley and Limehouse. each one has its own distinct character and a number of unique details, such as the the contemporary Limehouse’s spice storage drawer and the classic Chichester’s pullout vegetable trays, but they all share the same design approach.
Neptune’s ethos is all about things being made properly, at every angle.‘we don’t believe in shortcuts,’ explains John Sims- Hilditch, co-founder of Neptune. ‘everything we make is constructed with precision detail, be it a kitchen cabinet or a lampstand. The fact that the back of a cabinet will never be seen doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be given the same treatment as the front. Front, back, inside and out all use robust joinery, such as dovetails and mortise and tenon joints, and show an incredible level of craftsmanship. These are designs that are in it for the long run and that are built on a foundation of strength, honesty and reliability.’
Karon read is one of Neptune’s top kitchen designers and she is passionate about longevity in kitchen design: ‘When you’re about to embark on a kitchen renovation, it’s so easy to get caught up in the aesthetics. Although they’re crucial, what’s actually more important is making sure you’re investing in what’s going on behind closed doors. redoing your kitchen is a big undertaking and it’s something you want to last the course.
‘One of my biggest bits of advice is to thoroughly investigate the quality of the cabinetry and the materials that are being used to be sure you’re choosing something that won’t let you down in a few years’ time. There’s an awful lot to consider before you commit to a new kitchen, which is why we offer a lengthy initial design consultation in all of our stores [Neptune offers this service for free], so that our customers have ample opportunity and time with us to discuss all the options and all the things that might not have otherwise been considered.
‘There’s a lot to get right, but, when you do, it’s just incredible. You’ll be surprised how much joy you can get from a beautiful hinge or a layout that gives a room a new lease of life. Good design really does make a home a happier place. It makes such a difference.’
Neptune’s Henley Kitchen in solid oak and hand-painted in Snow. It’s one of its four kitchen collections