Now that we’ve sold our first holiday home (available on airbnb here) in the Bay of Arcachon to my best friend, we are starting to plan some renovation work to modernise the holiday home we spent most time in France.
One thing we are looking at revamping is our Ikea kitchen which I have to admit has not aged.
Ten years on and the units are still looking very white and have not faded despite the huge amount of natural light filling the room.
However, what has changed is our cooking habits (well mine mostly…) and requirements for space and storage.
For starters, I cook now…which is something I wasn’t doing at all when I designed the kitchen over a decade ago and over the recent years, I came to realise that there was actually enough space to prepare the food when the two of us are in the kitchen.
In addition, Steve finds it very antisocial to have his back turned to our guests when he is cooking. Added to the obvious lack of storage, there is quite a few things we could make right the second time around.
While I’ve always assumed that our new kitchen would be white, I have recently seen a lot of really nice grey kitchens so I thought I would throw it out there for inspiration and let everything sink in.
Despite numerous and gruelling attempts at restoring our pine wood worktop to its former glory, no amount of sanding, bleaching and re-varnishing has worked its magic. It displays in-depth dark stains around the sink while a marble, resin or concrete worktop would achieve the clean, minimalist look I’m after.
Storage is something not to overlook in a kitchen. Pots and pans in the end take quite a lot of space and if you’re looking at re-designing your kitchen, I strongly recommend you go for deep pull-out drawers rather than normal cupboards with shelves which are more affordable but a real pain to use. You will need to take out all the kitchen accessories stored at the front to access the ones at the end.
Finishing touches can break or make a design so aim for something simple and understated to give your kitchen a timeless appeal. Similar leather handles to the ones below can be found at Design Studio Nu (we’ve used them for the wardrobe in our master bedroom).CONCRETE:
I could not finish my round-up with including a kitchen with a bit of concrete. It’s a material I really love and this kitchen is particularly impressive
Which one is your favourite!?