This stunning deVOL kitchen is all the proof you need that you can create a dream kitchen in a small space. It resides in a classic London townhouse and it may be bijou, but it makes no apologies for that with its rich bespoke green colour, and large expanses of bold marble and brass. This kitchen also has to work hard for it’s owners. It’s used for cooking, eating and relaxing in, so it not only had to look good, but work well for them too. A tall order for a small space. But there are some lessons to be learned.
Keep the Layout Simple and Integrate Appliances
A simple layout is nearly always the best solution in a kitchen but even more so when space is limited. Here it is L-shaped and uncomplicated. Full advantage has been taken of the high ceilings with a run of tall storage incorporating the double stacked ovens, fridge, freezer and a large pantry. Integrating appliances behind cupboard doors also allows the rest of the room to feel uncluttered and easy going.
Avoid Head Height Wall Cabinets
Wall cabinets may be great for adding storage but they only make a small space feel enclosed and claustrophobic. A single marble shelf in this kitchen not only looks fabulous, but provides an opportunity to add decorative objects as well as a handy place for things that are used on a daily basis. This solution also keeps deep shadows off of the worktop and allows the wall lights (and daylight) to do their job.
Keep Costs Down by Using Standard Sized Cabinets
We all know that throwing money at a project will undoubtedly result in a high-end finish. But small spaces don’t warrant that expense. This kitchen is made up almost completely with deVOL standard sized Shaker furniture, proving that you don’t always need bespoke sized pieces to create the overall look of a bespoke kitchen. Sticking to standard sized cupboards is also the most economical way to design, so if you’re working to a specific or smaller budget, there is no better option.
Limit the Number of Materials Used
Limiting materials and repeating them, is a very effective way of streamling a design and creating a room that is easy on the eye. The deep green paintwork on the cabinets has been repeated on the walls above the shelf to great effect. The marble is used for worktop, splashback and shelf. And the brass accents are repeated on the taps, shelf brackets, door handles and drawer pulls. Finally, the wooden parquet flooring warms the whole room up. All of these materials scream luxury and are all the better for their repeated use.
Kitchens are no longer the utilitarian spaces they once were. Especially now they have to do double duty as dining rooms, sitting rooms and work from home spaces. Don’t shy away from adding decorative touches. Plants, candles, artwork and fancy lights are just as much a part of our new dream kitchens, as top of the range cookers. And so they should be.
For much more, pop over to the owner’s Instagram @900_sq_ft
Real Shaker Kitchens by deVOL are all beautifully made by hand, to order, in their workshops in Leicestershire, UK. Prices start from £12,000.
You Might Also Like