I obtained a dilemma from a reader inquiring me to share some shots and tips about my kitchen.

She explained to me she was in the center of a residence revamp herself: “Congratulations on your lovely property.

“I have been searching for visuals of your kitchen area in all places. I like it. I am in the center of a renovation and would significantly enjoy it if you would share some illustrations or photos of your kitchen or even the supplies you used?”

Pricey reader, thank you for your query and form words and phrases.

Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen was the most crucial spot for me to get appropriate.’

As my reply grew in length I realised I have a ton of feelings to share on kitchen area style and design and so I decided to make it the subject for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most crucial spot for me to get suitable. All the things else in this space — the living area, eating space, and backyard — was created after the kitchen had been finalised. I seriously think the kitchen area is the coronary heart of the house.

I adore baking and cooking and so I devote a lot of time in it. I also put a large amount of considered into the layout and design and style, and so I hope you uncover the following practical.


I was adamant that my kitchen would not have overhead cabinets. In this smaller place (my kitchen is around 6.5 sq. metres) I feel they would have produced the area claustrophobic.

It was critical to me to have a feeling of openness at eye level so that the room felt more substantial and spacious.

This required very carefully scheduling storage in the remaining area accessible, which I will go over later.

There are no wall-mounted cupboards here.
There are no wall-mounted cabinets below.

I also selected a down-draught extractor hob (Bora Pure — appreciate it) so that I wouldn’t have to put in an overhead extractor supporter.

The temptation would have been to set in a classic U-shaped kitchen area towards the 3 walls right here, which numerous kitchen suppliers proposed as I was procuring all over, nevertheless that structure felt tight and cramped to me.

It also would have compelled me to lose a single of the sliding doorways, which deliver so significantly gentle and openness into this room, and which I like to toss broad open in summertime to deliver the outdoors in.

So following numerous iterations the perfect layout was at last manufactured possible, many thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cupboards or extractors.

I have the peninsula which provides fantastic countertop space and generates a separation from the dining place.

And that implies I can have my lovely 2nd sliding door to convey in all the beautiful sunshine we get in this article in Ireland. The tiny area feels open up and airy without the need of possessing shed operation or storage.


Eschewing overhead cabinets meant getting more intelligent with the remaining space, and so in this article are my major recommendations for developing storage in the kitchen:

Go flooring to ceiling

Assuming you never have more higher ceilings, it will make absolute sense to fill the gap historically remaining over kitchen area cupboards. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Every single square inch of house is regarded as.

There is plenty of readily available space still left over higher than full-sized kitchen appliances this sort of as fridge freezers. This is the location to shop your lesser-used cumbersome things — just keep in mind to acquire a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner models give loads of space, and pull-out Le Mans models are great for providing easy obtain to that awkward region.

Test pocket doors

Pocket doorways slide back again into by themselves enabling you straightforward accessibility to shelves and added countertop house. I are unable to suggest these really ample.

Do not overlook slender spaces

Most kitchen area models are regular measurements, and so that can signify you stop up with some gaps as these models are fitted into your area.

Ordinarily these are panelled about but this is a squander.

I have a 10cm place beside my fridge which has in its place been turned into a broom cupboard, and I simply cannot inform you how much stuff I am ready to squeeze in below.

Use open up shelves

Instead than currently being driving closed cabinet doors, I have open shelving for glassware and guides. I also have a peg rail previously mentioned the hob which supplies hanging storage for merchandise this kind of as pots and pans, without having using up space.


The type of my kitchen was the last thing I regarded as. I required a daring colour, and I wished a cottage feel balanced with a modern day style.

Experienced I the finances I would have chosen true wooden panelling, but I did not, so I have as a substitute mimicked the seem utilizing MDF doorways with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on strong wooden cabinet interiors with dovetail joints, but yet again this was out of budget so I have a lot more MDF which does the occupation sufficiently.

My cupboards are painted with Railings by Farrow and Ball, and I also experienced the interiors of my pantry shelves painted India Yellow (also by F&B) which adds an excess splash of colour when opened. The paint is concluded with a matte major coat, which adds a complex end and makes the panelling appear much more sensible (I consider anyway).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Full Residence in Limerick by way of Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you can not use Cif or bleach on quartz but I have been using both of those with abandon and so considerably so fantastic. It is a strong and uncomplicated to cleanse countertop and I’m very satisfied with it.

Other selections that I viewed as (out of my budget at the time) had been an engineered stone like Neolith — almost indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

At last my kitchen area backsplash is Zellige tiles from the Mosaic Manufacturing facility.

At 1st look these may show up tricky to thoroughly clean as the surface area is uneven, but in fact they are perfect as there is scarcely any grout between them and they have a clean floor. I adore them!

My remaining idea on elements is the sink — I have a conventional stainless metal sink in gunmetal grey, and it is a dream to continue to keep cleanse. I was talked out of acquiring a lovely Belfast sink for this very purpose, for which I am now thankful.

By Ellie