The best kitchens combine beauty with function – find out how to create a space that works for you with these clever design ideas from Country Homes & Interiors
When it comes to designing the perfect modern country kitchen, we all hanker after a look that will seamlessly blend the classics, such as crafted cabinetry and statement islands, with the latest appliances. Creating flow around the room is key and the traditional working triangle of cooker, fridge and sink is the starting point for any new plans. ‘Today’s kitchens contain many appliances and it is crucial to think about where each one will be best placed. Start with the cooker and work your way out from there, with a microwave or combi to one side and a coffee machine to the other, so the
hot elements of the kitchen are grouped together,’ advises Richard Davonport, Managing Director of Davonport Kitchens. Placing the working triangle elements within easy reach of each other is very important, but so is ensuring that there is room
to manoeuvre. Between facing cabinets, 70cm of space is advisable so that doors will open comfortably, and around an island at least a metre is recommended, particularly if it houses a wine cooler or dishwasher.
Add a multifunctional island
An island is the modern alternative to a traditional farmhouse table, providing a prep area and dining space – plus a place to house built-in appliances such as fridges and dishwashers. ‘Consider adding a sink as well if it will help create the ideal working triangle in the kitchen,’ says Kiran Noonan, Sales & Marketing Director, John Lewis of Hungerford.
Urban kitchen in Mediterranean Blue and Pure White, from £20,000, John Lewis of Hungerford.
Go for galley style
An elegant open-galley design with appliances banked on one wall and
an island facing a dining area works for both cook and guests. ‘It is crucial to create an efficient space – for example, positioning elements such as cutlery and crockery drawers near to the dishwasher for ease of loading and unloading,’ says Jason Shephard, Design Manager, Kitchen Architecture.
Bulthaup b3 kitchen in Greige laminate with aluminium edge, from £50,000, Kitchen Architecture.
Put in the perfect store
Clever storage – such as a capacious built-in larder – is a must in a busy kitchen. ‘The door within a door system in the Limehouse larder allows for additional layers of storage,’ says John Sims-Hilditch, Co-founder, Neptune. ‘Bridges in the shelves also ensure items can be easily seen.’
Limehouse larder (kitchens start from £11,000), Neptune.
Create eating zones
Add interest by creating different levels in the kitchen, with stools at an island for informal meals and a dining table to one side for family dining. ‘Incorporating a dining table allows for movement between the sink, hob and table in three easy steps – perfect for busy family mealtimes,’ says Paul Hindmarch, Showroom Designer,
Shaker Ermine kitchen in French Partridge, from £119 for a base unit, Wren.
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