This year Monsieur T and I are planning on sprucing up our home. We’re well underway with our bathroom renovation, which I hope to share with you in the coming weeks. As well as our bathroom, the kitchen is in need of some serious TLC! I thought I’d share some of our initial kitchen interior inspiration with you and in time eventually share our kitchen renovation journey…
Ever since buying our home around September time of last year we have been discussing ideas and enjoying looking for interior inspiration. Our initial thoughts for the kitchen interior are that we would love to mix clean lines with rustic pieces, combining natural wooden shelves with rustic country-style cabinets and possibly hexagonal terracotta floor tiles to contrast painted grey walls. We also want to create a sense of light and space by knocking down the dividing walls between our kitchen and living space.
We have been looking at kitchen suppliers in Manchester and discussing how we would like our kitchen to feel as well as what look and layout would work in the space we have. It’s so important to research and plan as much as possible. It’s also imperative to visit a kitchen showroom or two, to get familiar with the type of kitchens available. A good kitchen showroom will also have a kitchen design service that can run through ideas and planning the space with you.
Open shelving is great, particularly when you use lots of herbs and spices in cooking, as we do pretty much everyday. The look of open shelving also forces you to stay minimal with crockery and keep the kitchen tidy as there is nowhere to stash loads of unused things (simplify to amplify). As one of my goals is to be surrounded by natural materials as much as possible, I think chunky wood will be the option of shelving we go for.
Wooden kitchen cabinets:
We have our hearts set on wooden cabinets, below waist height to house pots and pans etc. As we are just in the planning stage we’re in the process of shopping around for the best place to get the cabinets made. We are still undecided as to wether we would paint the wood or leave it in its natural colour. Decisions, decisions…
We both really love hexagonal reclaimed tiles and they would sit nicely with the surrounding red brick houses in our area. Although after meeting this weekend with the company that are helping us with our bathroom renovation, we are rethinking the tiles and might instead opt to continue the wooden floorboards through from the living area, as we are hoping to combine the two areas by knocking down a couple of walls. Ah, so much to think about!
Wooden worktops or not?
We’ve been advised against using wood for the kitchen worktops, although we love the look. Do any of you have any experience having wooden worktops? (feel very middle aged typing this!) I’m pretty fond of marble or quartz so perhaps that might be the sensible option for longterm durability.
Since buying our home I seem to spend quite a bit of time looking at pretty interiors on Pinterest or scrolling through interior Instagram accounts and opting to spend money on beautiful lamps instead of clothing, is this something that happens? have any of you guys experienced that?
You can follow my ongoing Kitchen Interior Inspiration over on Pinterest.