This compact kitchen has been designed around a generously sized angular peninsula. Bespoke Shaker-style tulipwood cabinetry has been painted in a neutral shade to keep this small space feeling light and bright. With flecks of red in the granite worktops echoing the colours elsewhere, the kitchen is not just an elegant room to relax in, but a well-planned space to cook in.
1/7 Compact Shaker kitchen layout
A geometrically shaped peninsula creates a convenient breakfast bar, with bar stools. Keeping the feeling of space was key, so a generous larder has been chosen over wall units, along with an oven housing that sits at mid height.
3/7 Open kitchen shelving
Open shelving is painted in deep red to create a vibrant contrast to the pale cabinetry. Using chunky open shelves for storage instead of wall units keeps a sense of spaciousness. Below, a mirrored splashback reflects beams of light from spots below the shelves around the room.
4/7 Deep pan drawer
Nestling under the hob are three wide pull-outs that provide an organised place for saucepans.
5/7 Kitchen cutlery drawer
An oak utensil tray houses cutlery. The stainless-steel and ceramic handles add an elegant touch to this traditional kitchen.
6/7 Built-in appliances
Built-in stainless-steel single ovens take clutter away from the worktops.
7/7 Clever kitchen storage
The owner simply has to pull back the bi-fold doors of this hard-working dresser-style cabinet to access the crockery, freestanding microwave and even a laptop. The back panel has been painted in a deep red to make a feature of it.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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