Our Victorian style is designed to be decorative without being florid. The cock bead detailing we put around the framing does a subtle job of adding shadow detail and interest as well as forming attractive joints in the corners where the moulding flows round. A larger version of it is found all over Victorian homes particularly around sash windows and front doors.
The cabinet doors have a deep panel achieved by a separate back panel which also has scotia detail. This means the panel mould can be the same size as the ones in original doors without projecting. The one we use as standard has the conventional ogee along with an additional quirk and round over for additional effect.
The cornice we use is large and decorative enough to look proportionate without being florid. It will either project around the front of the chimney breast and return into it or be cut square just behind it depending on the chimneybreast depth and customer preference.
The worktop moulding used on top of drawer units and window seats is an attractive mix of bullnose and scotia which is always seen on the front and often also the side on Victorian staircase steps.
Minimal grew out of the modern movement in the 1950s which sought to strip art down to it’s essentials. With push open doors and a flush return on the worktop the idea is to create as perfect a cube as possible with as few external lines as can be achieved. Naturally it then becomes more important than ever that components neatly line up and doors have a precise fit. We put a fine 1.5mm radius round on all edges which softens the visual effect, creates a subtle detail where framing intersects and making doors and shelf edges pleasing to the touch.
We still use soft close hinges as they stop the doors pinging back when the opener either side has not been sprung.
Our shaker style is designed to be as plain as possible with just a simple panel to break up the facade. You could also call it servant style or back of the door style as it is often on smaller rooms that you will see it in Victorian houses. Once upon a time you would have well known how important you were in your hosts eyes by the size and type of mouldings in the room you were allocated! The panel is shallower than on the Victorian style as we inset the back flush because in our opinion a shallower panel looks more appropriate and is neater. There is a small round in the corner of the panels as they are cut out by a computer numerically controlled machine from mdf not made by religious enthusiasts from beech. We are happy to square the corners out with a traditional chisel should you prefer. We put with a simple arris ,removing the sharp corner as part of the sanding process, around the edges of framing and doors. We use a single 25mm thick worktop if needed with a bull nose moulding and a plainer cornice if required than on our Victorian style with one large quirked ogee. We often combine this style with minimal tops and or Victorian beading to create what with some small risk of pretension could be called postmodern.