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BEING CREATIVE WITH SPACE

These are our top ten tips to consider when designing your own kitchen

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Consider the scale and proportion of the cupboards in relation to the room - too many small cupboards could look ‘leggy’ and large cupboards could look too imposing.

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Look at using two different materials for the worktops eg wood and concrete and/or two paint colours.

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Make a statement – floor to ceiling glazed wall cupboards as a display wall or old vegetable trays on open slatted shelves for a more casual/arty look.

 

Double Stacking Wall Cupboards at HMS Owl

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Try floor cupboards with a simple eye level shelf for chic high level storage rather than the expected wall cupboards.

 

Above, Skye Gyngell's British Standard Kitchen Left, our Suffolk Shepherd’s Hut

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Power in numbers – pair up tall cupboards to make a stand alone piece or position more than one set of pan drawers next to each other for a cool architectural feel.

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Visually balance elevations – consider symmetry and asymmetry.

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Position your three key appliances (sink, cooker and fridge) within easy access of each other and in that perfect triangle.

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Don’t overlook ‘rubbish’, either hide the bin/bins inside a cupboard or choose a stylish freestanding bin to stand in full view.

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Decide between integrated appliances
or well chosen freestanding items such as a stainless steel dishwasher or iconic retro fridge.

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Zone your kitchen into ‘public areas’ and ‘no go zones’ – a strategically placed island can keep children and lingering others out of the working part, this can be further accentuated with a change in floor finish.

See our
space saving kitchen at the
Ideal Home Show

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And ten more tips from the team
when space is tight

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Increase the depth of the worktop to make up for limited wall space.

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Every cupboard counts, mount the sink in a corner cupboard and fit a bin under it.

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Paint the interior of glazed wall cupboards to draw the eye through to the back so they’re not so imposing.

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Use end panels to hang items off hooks - brooms etc can be hung off tall cupboards Shaker style.

 

Painting the interior of glazed wall cupboards

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Use the height of a wall
to help with storage.

Above, Using the height of a wall with stacked glazed cupboards at our Shoreditch Showroom

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Hide a washing machine in the base of a tall larder leaving plenty of storage above.

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Consider the position of appliances to maximise worktop space.

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Do away with a drawer stack - a cutlery tray can be put inside a cupboard and utensils can be hung up or put in a utensil jar.

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Use a slimline dishwasher.

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Don’t have a draining board, use a wire basket in the sink instead.

 

Use a wire basket in the sink instead of
a draining board

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