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…
- A kitchen island with space for bar stools
- Gold/ brass handles and knobs
- Gold/ brass traps
- A butler sink
- A utility room
- A range cooker ( but to be fair we had a range in our old house and I loved it!)
- Marble effect granite worktops
- Tiled backsplash
- An integrated dishwasher
- 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?