July 2nd, 2017
I honestly couldn’t be happier with it. Since lots of you have been curious about it, and this has been my first true renovation project, in this post you will find some info and photos about the new kitchen.
Not sure if you can tell from the photos, but this room isn’t so big. It’s actually a pretty small kitchen, so making it feel airy and open was something we wanted, and could be achieved if we played our cards right.
The room also isn’t symmetric, it’s not a perfect square as it has a sharper corner. We had to keep that in mind so that, once all the appliances and working top were laid out, you wouldn’t be able to feel as it something was off.
The strength of this room is the ceiling: even tho the dimensions of the actual working space aren’t so big, the tall ceiling allowed us to create that airy feel we were looking for. In order to keep that, I knew I didn’t wan to cut off the height by having all cupboards propped in the walls.
Because of that, Felix came up with the idea of having a big cabinet on the left wall. This gave us tons of storage (way more than anticipated, which is great) without being in the way or taking away from the design.
I also really wanted an island, and I knew we weren’t gonna be able to have anything big, but we managed to squeeze it in wonderfully. It’s not in the way, and even tho it is tiny, it offers plenty of space for two people (which is all we need, as we do have a proper dining table in the living room).
I bought the stools online, and unfortunately they wrote the wrong dimensions so we already ordered new, different ones (I will sell these). It’s a shame, because I think they matched so well: the green goes with all the plants; the wood (which is actually just metal) matched the actual oak we have all over the kitchen; and the clear back was a cool touch. I got them from Wayfair, if you would like to get them for yourself, but just know that they are 6cm taller than they claim to be on the ad.
They might look alright when you look at them, but when you sit, there is no leg space as they are simply a bit too tall for our island.
The floor tiles were a huge hit, everybody seems to like them, and I’m absolutely in love with them. I think they add a very interesting touch to the room.
We were very unsure if we should get wood (as all our floors are wood) or tiles, and I’m glad we opted for the second one. They are also easier to clean, which works well for the kitchen.
They are from Fired Earth.
So as I mentioned, keeping the right wall ‘cupboard free’ was something I really wanted. What I had in mind was to have two big wooden shelves instead, and just one cupboard were we could display the dishes.
The original idea was to have regular sized shelves (5cm), but once they arrived we were informed that if we wanted to go for that, we couldn’t have had spotlights under them.
So we could either keep the slim ones, and use an LED strips, or get chunky ones, and have proper lights. Both Felix and I choose the 10cm ones (which are the ones you see). These slowed the works down a bit, but it was worth it.
I actually think it turned out for the best, as they look very unique!
Also, the white splash back tiles are from Fired Earth, in case you were wondering.
When designing the kitchen, we didn’t want any space to go to waste. Every little corner has its own purpose, and most things are hidden to avoid crowding up the working surface.
Everything was done in a smart way. Like this cupboard here, that was equipped with a sliding corner shelf so that we can just pull it out and reach for anything we need. In the previous kitchen, most of this space was unused as we couldn’t reach down the back.
For the cooker and oven with went with the Smeg range, and I’m so happy with it. It looks nice, more modern and polished, but can I say how good it feels so be able to have a light in there, and not hear loud noises every time we turn on the extracting fan? Small things that make all the difference.
In order to give a streamlined look to the ‘main’ wall, we decided to downsize the fridge (this one if from Miele), which is about 1/3 of the one we had before (we had a Smeg), but to be honest that is not such a bad thing, cause before things could easily expire without us noticing – having so much stuff – whilst now we clearly see what’s available and we can store food for about a week.
So that is the kitchen! What do you think? ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७