September 25, 2022


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Style and design concepts for a dream kitchen

I gained a concern from a reader inquiring me to share some photographs and thoughts about my kitchen.

She instructed me she was in the center of a house revamp herself: “Congratulations on your lovely residence.

“I have been on the lookout for pictures of your kitchen area all over the place. I really like it. I am in the middle of a renovation and would enormously take pleasure in it if you would share some photographs of your kitchen or even the elements you made use of?”

Pricey reader, thank you for your problem and type text.

Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen area was the most crucial region for me to get appropriate.’

As my reply grew in size I realised I have a great deal of thoughts to share on kitchen layout and so I resolved to make it the subject for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most crucial spot for me to get ideal. Anything else in this house — the living space, dining space, and backyard — was made just after the kitchen area experienced been finalised. I truly believe the kitchen area is the coronary heart of the house.

I like baking and cooking and so I invest a great deal of time in it. I also put a lot of imagined into the structure and layout, and so I hope you come across the next valuable.


I was adamant that my kitchen area would not have overhead cupboards. In this smaller spot (my kitchen is roughly 6.5 sq. metres) I come to feel they would have designed the house claustrophobic.

It was important to me to have a sense of openness at eye stage so that the space felt much larger and roomy.

This essential very carefully scheduling storage in the remaining place readily available, which I will include afterwards.

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

I also chose a down-draught extractor hob (Bora Pure — appreciate it) so that I wouldn’t have to install an overhead extractor fan.

The temptation would have been to place in a classic U-formed kitchen area versus the a few partitions in this article, which a lot of kitchen suppliers proposed as I was purchasing all-around, even so that structure felt restricted and cramped to me.

It also would have forced me to reduce just one of the sliding doorways, which convey so a lot gentle and openness into this area, and which I love to toss large open up in summertime to provide the outside in.

So immediately after lots of iterations the perfect structure was last but not least manufactured attainable, thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cabinets or extractors.

I have the peninsula which delivers superb countertop space and creates a separation from the dining location.

And that usually means I can have my attractive 2nd sliding door to carry in all the attractive sunshine we get here in Eire. The compact house feels open up and airy without having obtaining missing features or storage.


Eschewing overhead cupboards meant staying additional clever with the remaining area, and so here are my top rated ideas for developing storage in the kitchen area:

Go flooring to ceiling

Assuming you really do not have added higher ceilings, it can make absolute perception to fill the gap traditionally still left above kitchen area cabinets. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Each sq. inch of place is viewed as.

There is plenty of readily available place still left over over entire-sized kitchen area appliances these kinds of as fridge freezers. This is the location to store your lesser-used cumbersome goods — just keep in mind to invest in a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner models provide lots of space, and pull-out Le Mans models are exceptional for providing quick obtain to that uncomfortable area.

Test pocket doorways

Pocket doors slide back into them selves letting you easy obtain to cabinets and extra countertop place. I can not endorse these extremely adequate.

Don’t dismiss slim areas

Most kitchen models are conventional measurements, and so that can imply you conclusion up with some gaps as these units are fitted into your space.

Normally these are panelled around but this is a squander.

I have a 10cm place beside my fridge which has as a substitute been turned into a broom cabinet, and I can not tell you how a great deal things I am capable to squeeze in below.

Use open shelves

Rather than getting driving shut cupboard doorways, I have open up shelving for glassware and textbooks. I also have a peg rail above the hob which provides hanging storage for items such as pots and pans, with no using up space.


The fashion of my kitchen area was the final point I viewed as. I wanted a bold colour, and I wished a cottage feel balanced with a present day model.

Experienced I the funds I would have decided on authentic wooden panelling, but I did not, so I have alternatively mimicked the glance employing MDF doors with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on solid wood cupboard interiors with dovetail joints, but once again this was out of funds so I have far more MDF which does the work adequately.

My cupboards are painted with Railings by Farrow and Ball, and I also had 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 top coat, which provides a sophisticated complete and will make the panelling surface far more real looking (I think anyway).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Entire Household in Limerick by way of Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you just cannot use Cif or bleach on quartz but I’ve been applying both of those with abandon and so significantly so good. It is a durable and easy to clean countertop and I’m really happy with it.

Other alternatives that I regarded (out of my spending budget at the time) had been an engineered stone like Neolith — pretty much indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

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

At 1st look these may perhaps seem hard to clean as the area is uneven, but in fact they are ideal as there is hardly any grout among them and they have a easy surface area. I adore them!

My final tip on materials is the sink — I have a common stainless steel sink in gunmetal grey, and it is a dream to retain cleanse. I was talked out of obtaining a beautiful Belfast sink for this pretty reason, for which I am now thankful.