SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 191
Struggling for space? Tap into the industrial kitchen
trend with heavy-duty storage racks. Metal bars with
hooks are perfect for hanging pots, pans and utensils
on the walls or from the ceiling, which de-clutters
worktops and frees up cupboards.
Make use of empty wall space with ﬂoating shelves
and use them to display colourful crockery, baking
tools, vases of ﬂowers and potted herbs.
Or try free-standing metal shelves for an 'open
pantry' stocked with dry goods, spices and oils.
Worktops are a major
visual feature and
replacing them can
the look of the room.
worktops come with
luxury extras, such
as built-in draining
boards and heat rods,
or for a more budgetfriendly option, try
local DIY stores and
online retailers as they
are known to sell
trends include natural
palettes with a matt
ﬁnish, simple Nordic
white, and marblestyle quartz, which
Ring the changes simply by
ﬁnding the perfect fabric. From
new curtains and cushion covers
for dining chairs, to patterned
blinds and fresh tablecloths,
reupholstering is a cost-eﬀective
way to revamp your kitchen.
Match textiles to the interior
theme; vintage Liberty prints
complement quirky wooden
units, acid brights work well with
a minimalist design, and neutral,
cosy textures bring warmth.
Carry your chosen colour scheme
through the room with kitchen
towels, oven mitts and placemats.
INDUSTRIAL STYLE IRON WALL
UNIT £200, COXANDCOX.CO.UK
BUILD AN ISLAND...
Islands or breakfast bars are clever dining solutions for
L-shaped or small kitchens. As well as creating relaxed
eating areas and more worktop space, some islands
come with handy extras, like built-in sinks and draining
areas, roomy cupboards, drawers and cabinets.
Choose a design that complements the rest of the
kitchen and add bar stools for a diner vibe.
If space is limited, a smaller nook can be
built next to a window, with bench-style
seating and comfy cushions.
Isle be back
Large kitchen-diners are a popular choice for
today's homeowners - busier lives mean dining
rooms are used less often, but combining the two
creates an open-plan, communal environment.
Knocking down the wall between a kitchen and
dining room typically costs a minimum of £2,000,
plus budget extra for decorating the room's new
layout, but the good news is a kitchen-diner usually
adds to the value of the home.
Large rooms need a lot of lighting, so work extra
into the plans, and consider patio doors for more
natural light and easy access to the garden.
LILY & VAL GUACAMOLE ARTWORK
...or create a
OUT OF THOSE WHO
CHOOSE AN OPENPLAN KITCHEN, 63%
Wall art is an easy way to inject personality, and there are
endless options to choose from - illustrated recipes, retro
posters and culinary postcards can all liven up empty walls.
Creative homeowners could decorate a gallery wall with
family photos or mini artworks, or hang a neon sign to
create a bright spot in the kitchen.
Don't forget about the space left between the top of
cupboards and the ceiling - hanging framed photographs
or prints will draw the eye upwards and add colour. >
www.athomemagazine.co.uk MAY 2017 | 191