September 27, 2022

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Design tips for a aspiration kitchen area

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I acquired a concern from a reader asking me to share some photographs and tips about my kitchen area.

She told me she was in the center of a dwelling revamp herself: “Congratulations on your lovely home.

“I have been hunting for photos of your kitchen area everywhere. I love it. I am in the center of a renovation and would considerably enjoy it if you would share some images of your kitchen area or even the components you made use of?”

Expensive reader, thank you for your dilemma and kind words.

Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen area was the most significant location for me to get suitable.’

As my reply grew in duration I realised I have a great deal of thoughts to share on kitchen style and so I determined to make it the matter for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most important space for me to get right. Everything else in this space — the living room, eating home, and back garden — was designed right after the kitchen area had been finalised. I really imagine the kitchen is the heart of the house.

I like baking and cooking and so I expend a ton of time in it. I also put a large amount of imagined into the structure and style and design, and so I hope you discover the subsequent valuable.


I was adamant that my kitchen would not have overhead cabinets. In this small place (my kitchen is approximately 6.5 sq. metres) I truly feel they would have built the space claustrophobic.

It was crucial to me to have a sense of openness at eye amount so that the area felt much larger and roomy.

This required carefully organizing storage in the remaining room readily available, which I will cover afterwards.

There are no wall-mounted cupboards here.
There are no wall-mounted cupboards here.

I also chose a down-draught extractor hob (Bora Pure — love it) so that I wouldn’t have to set up an overhead extractor enthusiast.

The temptation would have been to place in a traditional U-formed kitchen area versus the three partitions listed here, which a lot of kitchen area suppliers proposed as I was searching all around, however that structure felt tight and cramped to me.

It also would have pressured me to shed just one of the sliding doorways, which bring so a lot light-weight and openness into this room, and which I like to toss huge open in summertime to bring the outside in.

So just after numerous iterations the great format was at last designed probable, thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cupboards or extractors.

I have the peninsula which provides fantastic countertop room and results in a separation from the dining spot.

And that means I can have my pretty second sliding door to provide in all the beautiful sunshine we get listed here in Ireland. The compact space feels open and ethereal devoid of getting missing performance or storage.


Eschewing overhead cupboards intended currently being excess intelligent with the remaining place, and so here are my prime ideas for making storage in the kitchen:

Go ground to ceiling

Assuming you don’t have excess superior ceilings, it can make absolute feeling to fill the hole traditionally remaining higher than kitchen cupboards. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Each and every sq. inch of place is regarded.

There is a lot of out there space left around over total-sized kitchen area appliances these types of as fridge freezers. This is the place to store your lesser-utilised bulky merchandise — just remember to buy a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner units present a lot of space, and pull-out Le Mans units are exceptional for providing uncomplicated access to that uncomfortable space.

Try out pocket doorways

Pocket doorways slide back again into on their own allowing for you uncomplicated accessibility to cabinets and supplemental countertop place. I are unable to advocate these highly more than enough.

Do not overlook slender spaces

Most kitchen units are regular measurements, and so that can necessarily mean you end up with some gaps as these units are fitted into your house.

Typically these are panelled over but this is a waste.

I have a 10cm area beside my fridge which has alternatively been turned into a broom cupboard, and I simply cannot inform you how much stuff I am capable to squeeze in here.

Use open up shelves

Somewhat than remaining guiding shut cupboard doorways, I have open up shelving for glassware and publications. I also have a peg rail earlier mentioned the hob which gives hanging storage for items these types of as pots and pans, devoid of taking up area.


The style of my kitchen was the past factor I considered. I desired a bold color, and I wished a cottage sense well balanced with a modern-day model.

Experienced I the spending plan I would have picked serious wood panelling, but I did not, so I have in its place mimicked the seem working with MDF doors with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on reliable wooden cabinet interiors with dovetail joints, but yet again this was out of finances so I have far more MDF which does the job adequately.

My cupboards are painted with Railings by Farrow and Ball, and I also experienced the interiors of my pantry shelves painted India Yellow (also by F&B) which provides an excess splash of colour when opened. The paint is finished with a matte prime coat, which adds a innovative end and makes the panelling seem extra real looking (I imagine anyway).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Entire Property in Limerick by using Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you simply cannot use Cif or bleach on quartz but I have been using both equally with abandon and so far so superior. It is a strong and quick to thoroughly clean countertop and I’m quite delighted with it.

Other alternatives that I regarded as (out of my funds at the time) were being an engineered stone like Neolith — nearly indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

At last my kitchen area backsplash is Zellige tiles from the Mosaic Factory.

At to start with glance these may possibly surface difficult to clear as the area is uneven, but in truth they are ideal as there is barely any grout amongst them and they have a clean surface. I adore them!

My final suggestion on components is the sink — I have a standard stainless steel sink in gunmetal grey, and it is a dream to hold thoroughly clean. I was talked out of finding a gorgeous Belfast sink for this pretty motive, for which I am now thankful.

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