From the idea to completion
Two weeks and some months of planning later – see part one, I have learnt, there is no need to spend too much on a kitchen. Yes, it is still one of the most expensive rooms in the house, but it is the most used room. So getting the practicality of the space right as well as the interior design was important for me.One of the stars of the kitchen. Continuing the bathroom theme of stainless, and brushed metal. These Ikea Ekby shelves make the wall space open and less conservative.When we chose the cabinet colours we thought having a mixture of finishes of dark and light, wood effect and high gloss would make the kitchen less dark and more importantly to complement with the existing appliances we already had.
As well as figuring out the best way to use this narrow space and to gain more storage for the pots and pans the solution was to include deeper draws on one side and tall wall units above. Adding clever storage that uses every narrow space wherever possible was key. Having this pullout larder was ideal for storing everyday food next to the fridge. Colour for was important. By simply having a splash of colour a feature wall, instantly gave a plain wall more vibrancy and interest. I love how the colour changes throughout the day to the evening. Gorgeous.The best part for me and the most enjoyable is choosing the colour scheme, fixtures and fittingsThere are plenty of finishes touches still yet to do. One of those things is to add a neon sign next to the shelves. We thought having a sign with the words ‘narrow kitchen’ with a kitchen mixer logo would give a retro and contemporary vibe.
Overall I am very happy with the results. I would have never envisaged that this space would work and be a practical room. I think so far this was the most challenging of spaces, as there were a lot of moderation throughout the project. But at the same time, it was nice to make the decisions about what we did and didn’t want in a practical narrow space.
Are you getting inspiration for your DIY, renovation? What ideas have you got so far and what room/s will you be tackling? Would love to know your thoughts about the narrow kitchen in the comments below. Check out The Narrow Kitchen | Part One.
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