OK, I know it sounds slightly silly to plan for a kitchen you haven’t even seen yet, right? But after the success of my home office makeover, and working with some amazing clients on the online interior design service side of the business, I’m well and truly in the depths of wanting to moodboard the crap out of every room and every house.
So, let’s imagine for a second I bought my dream home of a run-down-but-full-of-character Georgian property. We’re talking high ceilings, original features, but needing a little – read, a lot – of TLC.
The one project I’d love to get my hands on is a kitchen remodel. I look to my friends and family who have such gorgeous modern kitchens, trying to picture what it must be like to not have brown cupboards and magnolia walls. Oh, landlords, why must we paint everything in magnolia.
This kitchen roleplay we’ve got going on here doesn’t have a budget so humor me a little as I go into a frenzy of renovations. My sister has recently finished an extension and part of that remodel was the inclusion of bi-fold doors from Quickslide, which create an effortless transition from the open plan kitchen-dining space into the garden. Allowing maximum light into the room, bi-fold doors stack or fold neatly, which allow people to move freely inside and out. The one thing I will note however is to reconsider bi-fold doors if you live in an area with foxes etc as you’ll be forever conscious of moving between rooms and leaving the doors open.
Next, the flooring. I love the elegance of a chevron floor throughout the kitchen-dining space, working especially well with the white colour scheme I’m planning. Although lighter floors show dirt, scuffs and marks are less likely to be seen than if you purchased a walnut laminate or painted floorboards. Despite chevron being “on-trend” right now, it has the ability to be timeless through the ages – plus, let’s face it, I’m never going to fall out of love with how Parisian it looks.
Ah, now the kitchen itself. Despite wanting a mint Smeg fridge since the age of 14, I’ve actually realised just how much of an investment a kitchen is and that includes appliances. I totally believe in buying what you love but do consider if trendier pieces will remain in favour a couple of years down the line.
What I’ve chosen for this makeover instead is a white shaker style kitchen with brass fixtures. In terms of hardware, I love the look of brass on white, and these brass knobs from Grace & Glory are an affordable addition. I love the idea of having open shelving and glass cabinets to showcase some of my more stylish kitchen buys, such as pretty glassware and Anthropologie serving bowls.
To create a good flow to the room, an island will be included within the design, space permitting. Hell, forget “space permitting”, I’ve already knocked down walls, in this imaginary scenario I have all the space in the world. Gwyneth Paltrow has the most amazing island where marble runs from one length to the other, reaching the floor to create a seamless piece of material. The only note I’d make about marble is that because it’s so porous it might not be the best for an area where red wine etc could be spilled. In this instance, I’d go for a quartz option for countertops, which has the effect of marble but resists staining and is durable. A quick note to make is I love the look of pendants hanging over the island to create a real focal point in the room, whilst retaining as much light as possible with glass shades.
Finally, although the rest of the room will be painted white, I plan on creating a splashback with pink or peach tiles such as these from Topps Tiles. With white grouting, combined with the gloss finish of the tiles, I think this could create a real statement splashback. In terms of accessories, natural textures such as linen and rattan would look great with the colours used throughout this design.
After all this planning, all I need now is to buy my own house (plus, win the lottery) or find a client who loves this design so much they let me live my white shaker kitchen dream through them. Either way, I plan on making it happen one day.
How would you describe your dream kitchen? Are you a fan of colour? Dark walls? Subway tiles? Let me know below!