Make your kitchen area work for you with clever design tricks that can make the most of every inch
Published: 1st August 2017
Lead image The scheme is made up from a double-door dresser, Corian® work surfaces and glazed base cabinets on the 3m island. The total cost came to £34,000, from Higham.
Planning a new kitchen takes careful consideration. Not only do you need to think about the overall look and feel but you also need to ensure it works practically within the space, no matter how large or small. The challenge of a compact kitchen, perhaps with awkward corners or uneven walls, can often be found in period properties. One solution is to commission a bespoke design that is tailor-made with clever storage and space-saving tricks. Made-to-measure cabinetry can also work with architectural features, enhancing character without sacrificing style.
Above This kitchen needed to be a focal point where the family could congregate and a practical space for cooking. Manufactured by Nicklin Furniture and designed by Stiff + Trevillion architects, it costs around £35,000
Having a large kitchen also comes with its own set of challenges. Tim Higham, owner and design director of Higham Furniture, advises: ‘When we have the luxury of working in a large space, it usually allows for an island or two,’ he explains. ‘Large spaces can often be zoned so that storage, cooking and cleaning can all be separated, making it aesthetically pleasing, though care must be taken not to space everything out too much so that it is difficult to work functionally.’
Above This mid-century modern Shepperton kitchen is made from oak veneered birch plywood with a spray-lacquered finish. Prices start from £15,000, excluding worktops and appliances
You can also add light, space and value to the kitchen with glass, whether it’s fitting glazed doors, adding extra windows or inserting a glass roof or side return. ‘Where possible, it’s always a client pleaser to include glass doors or plenty of windows within a project,’ reveals Hayley Tarrington-Robson, creative director at Day True, ‘especially for properties with gardens, to maximise light and visibility. A side return is a good opportunity to install ceiling windows or skylights and any extra natural light will always open up a room, emphasise colours and finishes and create the illusion of space in a smaller kitchen.
Article by: Hayley Gilbert