June 14, 2024


Home is a place where we can be happy

Suggestions to get the most important room correct

I acquired a problem from a reader asking me to share some images and tips about my kitchen area.

She instructed me she was in the middle of a home revamp herself: “Congratulations on your beautiful property.

“I have been on the lookout for pictures of your kitchen almost everywhere. I like it. I am in the middle of a renovation and would tremendously enjoy it if you would share some pictures of your kitchen area or even the supplies you employed?”

Dear reader, thank you for your issue and kind words.

Jennifer Sheahan: 'The kitchen was the most important area for me to get right.'
Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen area was the most significant spot for me to get appropriate.’

As my reply grew in duration I realised I have a lot of thoughts to share on kitchen structure and so I resolved to make it the topic for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most crucial spot for me to get appropriate. Anything else in this area — the residing home, dining place, and yard — was developed soon after the kitchen area had been finalised. I truly feel the kitchen is the coronary heart of the dwelling.

I like baking and cooking and so I shell out a lot of time in it. I also place a lot of believed into the format and design and style, and so I hope you obtain the subsequent helpful.


I was adamant that my kitchen would not have overhead cupboards. In this little place (my kitchen is roughly 6.5 square metres) I come to feel they would have built the area claustrophobic.

It was essential to me to have a feeling of openness at eye level so that the space felt larger sized and roomy.

This expected thoroughly setting up storage in the remaining space out there, which I will go over later.

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

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

The temptation would have been to set in a traditional U-formed kitchen towards the a few walls here, which numerous kitchen suppliers proposed as I was shopping all over, nonetheless that structure felt restricted and cramped to me.

It also would have compelled me to reduce a single of the sliding doors, which deliver so considerably gentle and openness into this place, and which I adore to throw broad open in summertime to convey the outdoors in.

So following several iterations the great format was finally designed achievable, many thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cupboards or extractors.

I have the peninsula which provides great countertop space and produces a separation from the eating space.

And that signifies I can have my pretty 2nd sliding door to carry in all the charming sunshine we get listed here in Eire. The small room feels open up and ethereal devoid of getting shed performance or storage.


Eschewing overhead cabinets intended becoming added intelligent with the remaining room, and so here are my best suggestions for building storage in the kitchen area:

Go floor to ceiling

Assuming you do not have additional substantial ceilings, it can make absolute feeling to fill the hole historically still left previously mentioned kitchen cupboards. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Each and every sq. inch of house is regarded.

There is a lot of accessible room left in excess of earlier mentioned total-sized kitchen area appliances these kinds of as fridge freezers. This is the spot to store your lesser-employed cumbersome items — just keep in mind to invest in a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner models present a good deal of place, and pull-out Le Mans units are fantastic for offering easy access to that awkward space.

Consider pocket doorways

Pocket doors slide back into themselves allowing for you simple access to cabinets and supplemental countertop area. I can’t suggest these remarkably sufficient.

Really do not overlook slender areas

Most kitchen area models are normal dimensions, and so that can signify you close up with some gaps as these models are fitted into your house.

Commonly these are panelled about but this is a squander.

I have a 10cm space beside my fridge which has alternatively been turned into a broom cabinet, and I are unable to explain to you how significantly things I am ready to squeeze in below.

Use open up cabinets

Rather than currently being driving closed cabinet doors, I have open shelving for glassware and books. I also have a peg rail higher than the hob which gives hanging storage for objects this sort of as pots and pans, without using up space.


The design of my kitchen area was the previous detail I thought of. I required a daring colour, and I wished a cottage experience well balanced with a contemporary design and style.

Experienced I the price range I would have selected actual wood panelling, but I didn’t, so I have as an alternative mimicked the appear applying MDF doors with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on good wooden cabinet interiors with dovetail joints, but once again this was out of finances so I have much more MDF which does the position adequately.

My cabinets 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 provides an more splash of colour when opened. The paint is finished with a matte prime coat, which adds a complex end and would make the panelling appear a lot more practical (I imagine anyway).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Complete Home in Limerick via Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you cannot use Cif or bleach on quartz but I’ve been working with both of those with abandon and so considerably so very good. It is a strong and easy to cleanse countertop and I’m really content with it.

Other selections that I considered (out of my spending budget at the time) were being an engineered stone like Neolith — just about indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

Lastly my kitchen backsplash is Zellige tiles from the Mosaic Manufacturing facility.

At initial glance these might show up tough to thoroughly clean as the floor is uneven, but in actuality they are suitable as there is scarcely any grout concerning them and they have a easy surface area. I adore them!

My ultimate idea on elements is the sink — I have a standard stainless metal sink in gunmetal gray, and it is a desire to maintain thoroughly clean. I was talked out of getting a beautiful Belfast sink for this incredibly cause, for which I am now thankful.