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Collecting Ideas for a New Kitchen

9th February 2016

One of the downsides (upsides?) about being in the house a lot these days, is that I spend so much time thinking about changes I’d like to make and mentally re-decorating. After tackling a few improvements in the year or two after we moved in (and spending money on boring and essential things like roofs and pipes), we’ve put a hold on anything major for the time being.

Timeless Greys : Classic style kitchen by Rencraft

I’m itching to tackle the kitchen and bathrooms but these will be big projects so for the time being, I’m enjoying the planning and ideas stage. We want to completely re-figure these rooms and knock down walls, so I’ve been drawing and re-drawing the rooms’ footprints on graph paper and searching for ideas online.

The current kitchen serves for kitchen storage and preparation, dining and also has a play area tucked away round a corner. We painted it when we moved in and it’s had new bifold doors to replace rotten French doors. But apart from that, it’s a badly fitted IKEA kitchen that’s about 15 years old. It’s next to a small bathroom and storage areas that we would probably re-configure to be more part of the kitchen, turning the bathroom into a utility / washing machine area too. Then we would open out the kitchen / diner / play area by knocking down a wall to make it flow better but it would still need distinct areas.

Blue & Grey Kitchen : Modern kitchen by Maple & Gray
Blue & Grey Kitchen by Maple & Gray

I’m sure the actual design details will change several times before we get down to work, but right now I’ve got a hankering for a large larder cupboard, large drawers instead of under-worktop cupboards and open shelving above.

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I’m guessing metro tiles will hit peak soon (to be replaced by what?) but they still feature in my dream kitchen right now along with a butler’s sink, grey units and a white marble-like worktop. Kitchens, especially multi-functional ones, can get cluttered so I like the idea of neutral white and grey backgrounds. I’ve recently realised that I’ve saved the photo below 4 times from different sources! I adore this calm table area next to the window and I think we could recreate this look with the table we’ve got and some new Eames-inspired white chairs and some industrial lighting.

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I would need to inject some playful colour in somewhere though. I love the bright colour of the stools in the photo below and am also inspired by the fun decor in one of our local pubs!

Kitchen : Mediterranean style kitchen by TG Studio

It’s fun to plan and come up with ideas! What would your dream kitchen look like?

This post is in collaboration with Homify.

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