Layout strategies for a desire kitchen

I gained a problem from a reader asking me to share some shots and ideas about my kitchen.

She explained to me she was in the middle of a residence revamp herself: “Congratulations on your stunning residence.

“I have been on the lookout for visuals of your kitchen area everywhere you go. I really like it. I am in the center of a renovation and would enormously recognize it if you would share some pictures of your kitchen area or even the resources you utilised?”

Expensive reader, thank you for your question and form words.

Jennifer Sheahan: 'The kitchen was the most important area for me to get right.'
Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen area was the most crucial location for me to get suitable.’

As my reply grew in duration I realised I have a good deal of views to share on kitchen style and design and so I made a decision to make it the matter for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most vital area for me to get right. Every little thing else in this house — the residing home, dining space, and yard — was intended just after the kitchen had been finalised. I definitely think the kitchen is the coronary heart of the residence.

I like baking and cooking and so I devote a good deal of time in it. I also set a great deal of considered into the structure and layout, and so I hope you obtain the adhering to valuable.


I was adamant that my kitchen area would not have overhead cabinets. In this compact area (my kitchen is close to 6.5 sq. metres) I really feel they would have created the area claustrophobic.

It was vital to me to have a perception of openness at eye degree so that the area felt more substantial and roomy.

This demanded carefully planning storage in the remaining area out there, which I will cover later on.

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 — like it) so that I would not have to put in an overhead extractor enthusiast.

The temptation would have been to place in a common U-formed kitchen area versus the three walls in this article, which lots of kitchen area suppliers proposed as I was searching close to, having said that that format felt limited and cramped to me.

It also would have forced me to lose a person of the sliding doors, which bring so substantially mild and openness into this room, and which I enjoy to toss wide open in summertime to convey the exterior in.

So right after lots of iterations the ideal structure was ultimately designed attainable, thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cabinets or extractors.

I have the peninsula which gives exceptional countertop house and produces a separation from the eating area.

And that signifies I can have my lovely second sliding door to bring in all the wonderful sunshine we get below in Ireland. The tiny room feels open up and ethereal without the need of possessing shed features or storage.


Eschewing overhead cabinets intended being extra clever with the remaining room, and so below are my best recommendations for building storage in the kitchen area:

Go floor to ceiling

Assuming you never have further large ceilings, it tends to make complete sense to fill the hole traditionally still left higher than kitchen cupboards. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Every square inch of area is viewed as.

There is a lot of out there house left above above full-sized kitchen area appliances this sort of as fridge freezers. This is the location to retail outlet your lesser-utilised bulky things — just remember to acquire a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner models offer you a lot of place, and pull-out Le Mans units are excellent for supplying effortless obtain to that awkward place.

Try out pocket doorways

Pocket doorways slide again into on their own enabling you effortless accessibility to shelves and additional countertop area. I can not recommend these very enough.

Don’t dismiss slender areas

Most kitchen area models are standard dimensions, and so that can indicate you end up with some gaps as these models are equipped into your area.

Generally these are panelled about but this is a waste.

I have a 10cm house beside my fridge which has as an alternative been turned into a broom cupboard, and I are unable to inform you how considerably stuff I am equipped to squeeze in below.

Use open shelves

Instead than currently being behind closed cabinet doors, I have open shelving for glassware and textbooks. I also have a peg rail above the hob which presents hanging storage for merchandise such as pots and pans, without having up room.


The model of my kitchen area was the final matter I regarded. I wanted a bold color, and I wished a cottage come to feel well balanced with a modern-day model.

Had I the funds I would have selected genuine wood panelling, but I didn’t, so I have instead mimicked the search making use of MDF doorways with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on reliable wood cabinet interiors with dovetail joints, but yet again this was out of price range so I have much more MDF which does the job sufficiently.

My cabinets are painted with Railings by Farrow and Ball, and I also experienced the interiors of my pantry cabinets painted India Yellow (also by F&B) which provides an added splash of color when opened. The paint is finished with a matte major coat, which adds a innovative complete and will make the panelling surface far more practical (I consider anyway).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Complete Household in Limerick via Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you cannot use Cif or bleach on quartz but I’ve been applying both of those with abandon and so much so superior. It is a sturdy and straightforward to thoroughly clean countertop and I’m extremely pleased with it.

Other solutions that I thought of (out of my finances at the time) had been an engineered stone like Neolith — almost indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

Eventually my kitchen area backsplash is Zellige tiles from the Mosaic Manufacturing facility.

At 1st look these may show up difficult to clear as the area is uneven, but in point they are great as there is scarcely any grout amongst them and they have a sleek surface area. I adore them!

My ultimate tip on resources is the sink — I have a standard stainless steel sink in gunmetal grey, and it is a dream to preserve cleanse. I was talked out of receiving a stunning Belfast sink for this pretty rationale, for which I am now grateful.