In general, I love my home. I love the fact that I have a dining room, my bathroom is my oasis of calm and has a huge Victorian stand alone bath which I love, and I have a huge garden that is integral to our family life. So, in general, pretty happy with my lot. But if I could change anything at all, it would be my kitchen. It is small, just slightly larger than a galley style. And although we have made the situation better by creating an extension for the utilities, there is still very little space when preparing food, and it can feel cramped with more than one person in it.
So what sort of kitchen would I have in an ideal world with more space? The sort that have huge islands in the centre where family can eat and chat together, or kids can do their homework whilst you prepare dinner (I’m sounding all Brady Bunch here, aren’t I?). The sort that have all those cupboards where space is properly utilised, so that you have a space that is earning its keep.I love hand built and individually designed kitchens, the work of skilled craftsman that are designed to last, that can be handpainted in any colour that you chose, so that, as well as designing your layout, you get a kitchen that suits your personality too. I love solid wood flooring that is not only stylish, but is also hard wearing, and can either give your kitchen a heritage look, or one that is totally contemporary and minimal.
I love Shaker style kitchens. These have a traditional feel as they are based on pieces from the 19th century, in American provincial style. Units tend to be wood rather than modern glossy materials, and the style is one that avoids fashion and trends, meaning it will still be good ten years after you have installed it. The Shaker style below shows how using a shot of beautiful colour can make the traditional design feel bang up to date, and totally aspirational – my dream kitchen!
You really can create the most wonderful and desirable kitchen spaces, that also include products that will be durable and long lasting. A dream kitchen is an aspiration that is not beyond your wildest dreams, so if you are looking for kitchen design, maybe do a bit of reseaching on pinterest to see what others have done with a space similar to yours. Or just enjoying dreaming of your perfect space.