Kitchens that tell a story of their owner and their owner’s family, and passions and life, are always the best kind. I can’t tell you how much I despair when looking at some renovation projects that have removed all sign of personality and history. All in favour of modern conveniences. Not to mention boring decorative choices and too many cupboards! Not so here. This is a recent project completed by the ever sympathetic deVOL. It has all the trademarks of a deVOL kitchen but the owner’s taste and style preferences just shine through.
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This kitchen has mixed delightful Shaker cupboards with a hotch-potch of modern and traditional styles. And then thrown in a few fantastic pieces of vintage furniture along the way. It works beautifully. Who needs acres of wall cabinets when you can have an incredible old pantry instead. It’s very roomy, and placed near the dining table it will hold all of the tableware, cutlery and linens needed. Exactly where they are needed. This one is just so full of character with its distressed and peeling paint. And it’s a great example of what was maybe a small decision in the entire scheme but one that has made an impressive impact.
The shaker cupboards themselves are painted in the deVOL iconic Pantry Blue, and are combined with brass hardware and hardwearing white Silestone worktops. It’s a classic combination and one that’s so easy to make you own by adding lot’s of quirky accessories. Just like a capsule wardrobe of clothes. Start with the basics and add colour and personality with jewellry, scarves and makeup. Those are the fun bits, and in a kitchen those are the things that make it friendly and inviting. A place to spend lots of time.
This family also went for a very fun and bold geometric cement flooring, statement pendant lighting, a freestanding retro Smeg fridge and a few lovely things with meaning that have been handed down from generation to generation. While a huge white AGA stove adds a little tradition to the room and contrasts quite wonderfully with the contemporary floor-to-ceiling metal-framed windows and doors which flood the room with light.
The final touch to this kitchen is a big wooden table with bench seating. I’d always recommend a table in the kitchen too. There are just too many reasons why. Family, friends, and whoever wants to drop by has a spot to sit, chat, relax or just be there. It’s so much easier to be efficient when you have someone else around, don’t you think? Cooking and cleaning become so much less of a chore when you’re surrounded by the people you love.
Shaker Kitchens from deVOL start from £12,000.