Sian Astley, Interior Designer

Talented interior designer and property developer, Sian Astley, chose our diamond-polished work surface Nero Stella, a slightly sparkling deep black finish, to set off a traditional cream, Shaker-style kitchen, in a recent project.

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“Nero Stella’s sharp edges and slimline depth gave the kitchen a more contemporary feel and the wider granite overhang allows for a mid-room breakfast bar area,” says Sian.

The location was a family home in Eastbourne, where Sian wanted to transform a large 4m x 8m room into an elegant kitchen-diner, using zoning techniques to create a series of interesting areas. The project was filmed for the Channel 5 series Half Built House.

Zone 1 consists of two right-angled runs of fitted cabinets and an island unit with gas hob and breakfast counter, which forms the interface with Zone 2, the dining room.

Nero Stella’s black granite finish is picked up on the graphite-coloured doors of the American fridge-freezer unit, the dark metal cage handles of the cream kitchen cabinets, the built-in cooker hood and even the power sockets.

Inset into one worktop is a traditional handmade Belfast sink, with a distinctive fluted front, characteristic Bonneville tap and double bowl format, that Sian says is perfect for a family kitchen.