02 Sep Family Kitchen and Bespoke Designs
A family kitchen is at the heart of the home so it’s important to create a functional design that works for everyone. The kitchen should be a practical space that can be used in many ways besides preparing meals. Many kitchen designs are quite restrictive, but with a completely bespoke design, the kitchen space can be anything you want it to be, from customised cabinets through to tailored fixtures and fittings. The design of a kitchen needs to reflect the multi-functional nature of today’s living areas and include distinct areas to allow everyone to work in the kitchen on different things at the same time. There should be plenty of room to prepare and cook food, an area for dining and a place where you can entertain guests or for the children to do their homework. Identifying exactly what you want is the first step in planning the perfect family kitchen. Once you have a good idea of your requirements you can start to pull together a workable design.
One of the best ways you can create more storage and add more space to your kitchen is, if the space allows an island or breakfast bar. Ideal as an extra worksurface they can serve a variety of purposes from dining through to preparing food. A well-designed kitchen should have plenty of storage from floor to ceiling cabinets through to deep pan drawers and good sized base and wall units. Quality shelving and hanging racks are also great for storage too. Achieving the right balance of storage and style is the key to good kitchen design. The shape of the room will often determine the type of kitchen that you can create. U shaped designs are good, or L shaped layouts also work well which can be complemented with an island creating more space and places to work.
Family Kitchen at Roundhouse
As specialist kitchen designers we recently visited a bespoke Urbo kitchen in Fulham which was packed with plenty of practical storage and a big social island where family and friends could congregate. Finishing touches such as bar stools were added to the kitchen to create workable seating areas, perfect for today’s modern family. An island was introduced to create more space and storage for the family, and it provides both a visual link and demarcates the living space and the kitchen. In addition, the use of warm timber on the island gives it a more ‘furniture-like’ quality, helping to make the seamless transition from cooking area to dining and living space.
The style of this design is a Roundhouse Urbo matt lacquer bespoke kitchen in Ammonite with Hardwick White on the wall cabinets and the sliding doors on the island. It features a quartz composite worksurface and a glass splashback in Stone. All of the different elements perfectly complement each other to create a beautiful, practical family kitchen that works on all levels.
Bespoke Kitchen Design at Roundhouse
This new extension is a Roundhouse Urbo and Metro matt lacquer bespoke kitchen in Little Green Lamp Black. With cabinets in Blackboard paint and a polished concrete island it is robust enough for a family yet elegant for entertaining.
The bespoke kitchen also has plenty of storage tucked into every available space. We were also asked to use Blackboard paint on some of the cabinetry so that the children could draw on them with impunity. The custom-made storage works perfectly and clearly shows the advantage of choosing bespoke furniture.
This is just one example of how bespoke kitchen design really can work for any home.