We currently live in an old Rectory which is lovely. It has loads of space inside and out but there are some areas in which it is seriously lacking. The bathrooms and the kitchen are to put it nicely basic. I’ve managed to brighten up the bathroom with a new shower curtain, bathmat and towels. The kitchen however is much more difficult, think of a student house kitchen, but cleaner and you will be about there. The oven is a standalone, electric hob, with only 3 working as a knob fell off! When I’m in their cooking us a nice dinner on a Saturday night, glass in hand, I like to imagine I am in my dream kitchen. If we had our own house and money was no object I have some amazing kitchen ideas.
When I look at houses online it’s the kitchen and bathroom that quite often sell the property to me. The bathroom needs to be bright and modern, with a nice bath, if its a roll top I would be in heaven. The kitchen should be the soul of a home and the space needs to reflect this. I like the layout of the kitchen below with the drinks fridge central along with the oven. I can imagine cooking and chatting with family and friends.
My ideal kitchen would also be a family room, somewhere where the kids could be nearby. Our kitchen at the moment is definitely a separate room and after having more of an open plan house before I really struggle with it. I like to be able to talk to the boys, watch Ava and help them with their reading or homework at the same time as cooking and doing things in the kitchen. It’s also nice in the evenings to be able to talk to James whilst either of us is cooking. The kind of layout of the kitchen room below would be perfect for us.
When it comes to colours in a kitchen, I love the fresh, bright and clean look. Chrome and grey or white, but I would also add in a splash of one colour, maybe a hot pink or red. You could do this with the chairs around a table, a picture on the wall and kitchen utensils.
The lighting in any room of the house is important as it can totally change the feel of a room. For a kitchen I like bright and natural in the daytime, but for evening to create more of an atmosphere It’s nice to be able to change the lighting. I love the different shades of light in the kitchen below. You could have them all or just one depending on the mood you want to create.