I think it’s pretty clear by now that I love dining out. It’s my greatest hobby and the biggest drain on my financial resources. I do love whipping up a storm in my own gaff from time to time and I would do it way more but I just don’t really have the space to swing a cat in my kitchen. I currently live in the most beautiful two bedroom flat with loads of natural light and I love it to pieces but I’d be lying if I said the kitchen area was adequate. A plush, roomy living area means we sacrifice on kitchen space and that is one of the reasons my bank statement is basically just a long list of my favourite restaurants.
I’ve lived in my lovely little flat for over two years now and as much as I adore it, the prospect of buying a bigger place sometime soon is looming. Of course I’ve been dodging thinking about all of the sensible things like mortgages, deposits and stamp duty in favour of Pinterest boards and the #homedecor Instagram feed. Who needs a mortgage approval when you’ve got a whole inspo board dedicated solely to gold kitchen utensils?
With that out in the open, I thought I’d share some pearls of wisdom on how I plan on going about designing my dream kitchen. Whether you too are fantasising about a kitchen that doesn’t yet exist or if you just want to renovate what you’ve already got, my biggest piece of advice would be…
Look for inspiration in more unexpected spaces
Pinterest and Instagram are the obvious choices – they’re a no-brainer when it comes to scouting for inspiration – but once you’ve exhausted try looking at home renovation companies or removal site blogs like olerrelo.com. You’d be surprised at the goldmine of creative genius that is nestled away on platforms like that that you might never have thought about looking at otherwise.
Then there’s less commercial platforms like lifestyle blogs and interior design blogs. I recently stumbled across thegirlcreative.com during my cyber wandering and I recommend giving that one a look if you’re in the market for a spark of kitchen interior design inspiration.
Consider substance as well as style
One of the most important things you need to do is make sure that you have everything that you want to be worked into your kitchen. In fact, this is going to be the most important part of the process. When it comes to home decor, most rooms will focus on the look – the aesthetic, darling – but when you’re trying to pull together your perfect kitchen, the functional side is equally as (if not more) important. Whether you want a particular oven or cooking equipment, make sure that you’re working this into your dream kitchen design.