I received a query from a reader inquiring me to share some images and thoughts about my kitchen area.

She informed me she was in the center of a residence revamp herself: “Congratulations on your lovely home.

“I have been looking for photos of your kitchen area all over the place. I enjoy it. I am in the center of a renovation and would drastically take pleasure in it if you would share some visuals of your kitchen area or even the materials you employed?”

Pricey reader, thank you for your issue and form text.

Jennifer Sheahan: 'The kitchen was the most important area for me to get right.'
Jennifer Sheahan: ‘The kitchen was the most essential space for me to get suitable.’

As my reply grew in duration I realised I have a lot of ideas to share on kitchen area layout and so I determined to make it the subject matter for this week’s column.

The kitchen was the most critical spot for me to get appropriate. Almost everything else in this house — the residing room, eating space, and back garden — was built immediately after the kitchen area had been finalised. I really consider the kitchen area is the heart of the house.

I appreciate baking and cooking and so I invest a great deal of time in it. I also place a lot of considered into the structure and style, and so I hope you come across the pursuing practical.


I was adamant that my kitchen would not have overhead cupboards. In this small area (my kitchen area is about 6.5 sq. metres) I sense they would have produced the area claustrophobic.

It was vital to me to have a sense of openness at eye stage so that the room felt larger sized and roomy.

This necessary carefully scheduling storage in the remaining house accessible, which I will include later on.

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

I also selected a down-draught extractor hob (Bora Pure — appreciate it) so that I would not have to set up an overhead extractor admirer.

The temptation would have been to place in a regular U-formed kitchen against the three partitions below, which several kitchen area suppliers proposed as I was shopping all around, even so that layout felt limited and cramped to me.

It also would have pressured me to reduce 1 of the sliding doorways, which convey so substantially gentle and openness into this room, and which I like to throw wide open up in summertime to deliver the outside in.

So soon after numerous iterations the excellent structure was finally manufactured doable, many thanks to Dawn Guidera in Savvy Kitchens.

I have no overhead cabinets or extractors.

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

And that means I can have my beautiful next sliding door to convey in all the wonderful sunshine we get right here in Ireland. The modest house feels open up and ethereal without acquiring lost functionality or storage.


Eschewing overhead cabinets intended being excess clever with the remaining house, and so below are my best recommendations for producing storage in the kitchen:

Go floor to ceiling

Assuming you don’t have further higher ceilings, it tends to make complete perception to fill the hole historically remaining higher than kitchen area cupboards. 

Every square inch of space is considered.
Every sq. inch of house is considered.

There is a great deal of out there house remaining around previously mentioned whole-sized kitchen appliances these types of as fridge freezers. This is the spot to store your lesser-made use of bulky items — just keep in mind to get a stepladder.

Use the corners

Corner units give a great deal of area, and pull-out Le Mans units are excellent for giving straightforward obtain to that awkward spot.

Try out pocket doors

Pocket doors slide back into themselves permitting you simple accessibility to cabinets and additional countertop house. I are not able to endorse these very ample.

Never ignore slim spaces

Most kitchen models are conventional dimensions, and so that can mean you conclude up with some gaps as these units are fitted into your area.

Usually these are panelled around but this is a squander.

I have a 10cm house beside my fridge which has instead been turned into a broom cabinet, and I are unable to tell you how a great deal things I am in a position to squeeze in below.

Use open cabinets

Somewhat than currently being at the rear of closed cabinet doors, I have open up shelving for glassware and guides. I also have a peg rail above the hob which presents hanging storage for objects this kind of as pots and pans, with out using up house.


The style of my kitchen area was the very last point I considered. I wished a daring colour, and I wished a cottage experience well balanced with a fashionable fashion.

Had I the spending budget I would have preferred authentic wood panelling, but I didn’t, so I have as an alternative mimicked the glance employing MDF doors with a V-groove carved in. I also would have splashed out on stable wood cabinet interiors with dovetail joints, but yet again this was out of finances so I have additional MDF which does the occupation sufficiently.

My cupboards are painted with Railings by Farrow and Ball, and I also experienced the interiors of my pantry cabinets painted India Yellow (also by F&B) which provides an more splash of colour when opened. The paint is completed with a matte major coat, which adds a subtle complete and makes the panelling surface more practical (I assume in any case).

My countertop is Delecatta Carrara Quartz (from Entire Dwelling in Limerick through Savvy Kitchens).

Some say you can not use Cif or bleach on quartz but I’ve been utilizing equally with abandon and so considerably so great. It is a strong and straightforward to cleanse countertop and I’m really delighted with it.

Other choices that I viewed as (out of my budget at the time) had been an engineered stone like Neolith — practically indestructible — or a polished terrazzo countertop.

At last my kitchen area backsplash is Zellige tiles from the Mosaic Manufacturing unit.

At to start with glance these could look hard to clean as the surface is uneven, but in simple fact they are ideal as there is scarcely any grout between them and they have a easy surface area. I adore them!

My remaining tip on materials is the sink — I have a standard stainless metal sink in gunmetal grey, and it is a aspiration to retain clean. I was talked out of obtaining a gorgeous Belfast sink for this very explanation, for which I am now grateful.