Planning and Designing Our Dream Kitchen

For me the kitchen is the heart of the house, I grew up in a house with a big kitchen/ diner – and our last house also had a large kitchen area. I love that this room is more than a kitchen, it’s a full on ‘living room’ and by that I mean it’s a room that we literally live in. This is why we decided to tackle the kitchen first when it came to renovating our new house.

When we first looked round this house back in March of this year we fell in love with everything about it – other than the kitchen (and the crazy carpets!). It was small and dark and just not what we wanted from our dream home. However, we knew that with a little imagination (and planning permission) we could create the big, light and airy kitchen of our dreams.

Fast forward six months and we’ve now moved in and are in the middle of building a new kitchen extension. We’ve knocked down the back of the house and gone out 4 meters to create a beautiful space big enough for our ‘kitchen discos’ and the kids’s silly nightly shows.

After plotting out where the kitchen would go, we needed to decide on a style. The house was built back in 1920 and as I’m trying to decorate the house in a sympathetic way, I knew that I didn’t want to go for anything too modern. Having spent some time researching online and going through Pinterest I soon realised that a shaker style kitchen is what I was after. But what colour? There are so many beautiful examples of dark blue, grey and white shaker kitchens on Pinterest that I found if hard to make a decision.

Here are some examples of kitchen that caught my eye from DeVOL

Looking at all these beautiful kitchens helped me to create a check list of things I definitely I wanted to incorporate into my kitchen design…

  1. A kitchen island with space for bar stools
  2. Gold/ brass handles and knobs
  3. Gold/ brass traps
  4. A butler sink
  5. A utility room
  6. A range cooker ( but to be fair we had a range in our old house and I loved it!)
  7. Marble effect granite worktops
  8. Tiled backsplash
  9. An integrated dishwasher
  10. Wooden floorboards

Having toyed with the idea of a dark blue kitchen, I quickly realised that I’m far more drawn to the lighter kitchens, and so have opted for a very light grey design.

What would be on your dream kitchen wishlist?



  1. October 19, 2018 / 10:34 am

    Love all of these Heledd! Our kitchen is mostly white, but I must admit I’m drawn to the darker units that you’ve put on here. x

    • Heledd
      October 19, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      They are gorgeous aren’t they?!!!! I was really torn… Xx

  2. October 19, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    I think that is my dream kitchen wish list we have similar taste while I love the navy kitchens I know eventually I would want it as light and airy as possible. The light grey sounds perfection. I would love a new kitchen so much especially with bifold doors opening up like some of these hahaha

    • Heledd
      October 19, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      I’m all about the light, bright and airy!! Although opted for Georgian style French doors, (not bifold doors) in keeping with the rest of the house. Xx

  3. October 20, 2018 / 6:38 am

    How wonderful that you’re able to literally design it from the ground up. When we bought our new build 10 years ago the kitchen was already in and whilst it’s ok it’s not what I would have chosen. We’re thinking of completely re-doing it but it’s such an expensive thing to change! Are you doing yours on a budget or going all out?

    • Heledd
      October 20, 2018 / 7:10 am

      We’re not doing it on a budget but we’re definitely not going “all out” either. Our builder is fitting it for us as part of the extension project.

  4. October 22, 2018 / 8:17 am

    Pretty much the same as you H! I can’t wait to plan the same kind of thing next year (if we manage to get our planning permission that is). Our tastes, in kitchens, or very similar and I have also been looking at pale grey or white units with marble tops-also from DeVol. I can’t wait to see your kitchen when it’s finished!

    • Heledd
      October 23, 2018 / 9:57 am

      It’s almost done now!! They’re literally putting the doors and knobs on today.

  5. October 23, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Arghh planning a new kitchen is so exciting, I love the navy I think this is what I am leaning towards or a dark grey but I have a black range so it has to fit that, its so hard deciding. I think as long as I achieve an industrial style I will be happy, I can’t wait to see yours finished x

  6. November 4, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    How exciting. We loved planning our kitchen, worktops were my favourite! I love the look of the dark grey but always drawn to lighter shades