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When Mark first came to me, he'd been to a couple of showrooms & was feeling a bit lost about what to do with his space. The open plan living area in his converted Didsbury flat is cosy & is the perfect living space for 1-2 people. The compact nature of the room led him to believe he was looking for a grey gloss handleless kitchen with a light worktop, but working through the design process he didn't seem too enthusiastic about the idea. He wanted to do everything he could to make the space feel open & bright, but he also wanted something that was quite cool & that would make a strong feature in the room.


Dark definitely doesn't have to mean dingy & this kitchen is a great example of that.

While we began on the grey gloss road, after some careful consideration (& a little bravery on Mark's part) he settled on this bold & creative colour scheme. Although the room has a smaller footprint, there is plenty of natural light & ceiling height to make up it.


Together we took the time to design this strong handleless kitchen & we allocated every single unit to a specific use to make sure he could have as much storage as possible in the new simple layout that he chose. Items like the pull out larder, a built-in bin under the sink, integrated dishwasher & washing machine mean that although this kitchen is small, it sure is mighty & ultimately gives Mark everything he needs on a day to day basis & when entertaining friends & family. 


His striking kitchen features

Tobacco Gladstone Oak units with super matt graphite wall units

Matching premium laminate worktops

Bosch Applainces

Black purquartz 1.5 bowl sink

Black purquartz mixer tap



Be sure to leave us a comment below & let us know what your favourite part of Mark's new kitchen is.


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Mark's thoughts...

"Francesca and Design by Helium were exactly what I needed when looking for a new kitchen. I've worked in sales for 14+ years and never resorted to a "pushy" sales technique, so I really didn't appreciate the approach of many "big name" kitchen companies who were looking for an order to be placed shortly after a single design consultation, with very little creative assistance. Meeting with


Francesca, after a facebook recommendation, was a breath of fresh air - making me feel very comfortable with the process from day one. While I had some initial ideas of what I thought I wanted (the typical high gloss handleless) I have, with Francesca's creative help, ended up with a kitchen far removed from that and I couldn't be happier. We went through several possible layouts and designs and making changes or asking questions was never an issue, even late in the process.


I am certain (based on some quotes received) that to get the same quality of product and service from the well-known companies would have cost several thousand more. While I'm sure many would be nervous about trusting a small local company with such a major investment and decision, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend getting your new kitchen from Design by Helium."


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