Eat & Share London. By Born & Bred StudioContemporary Kitchen, London
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Make spaceThis U-shaped kitchen has a simple, uncluttered style, with metro tiles lining the walls right up to the ceiling. The lack of wall units helps to keep that streamlined look, and prevents the space feeling too enclosed. The designers have gone for kitchen shelves instead of cabinets as an alternative storage solution. A steel shelf, which matches the oven and extractor, provides an extra area for decorative items, and the base units and tall cabinet offer plenty more spots to stash kitchenalia.
Save… on quantity of units One of the best preparatory tasks you can undertake before you plan your project is to make an audit of all your kitchen goods. Donate or sell anything you don’t need or don’t use, and then plan your storage based on your new, edited collection. There’s no point paying for extra units to store items you no longer want, and fewer units will mean a lower spend. A good planning tip is to eschew all eye-level cupboards in favour of open shelves, plus one full-height double cupboard along with your standard base units.
Skip wall unitsLike the previous kitchen, this one is part of a studio, too. Here, the owners have decided against wall units and have gone for a run of shelving instead to enhance the sense of space. The white units may be pared-back and minimal, but the metro tiles with black grouting give the room instant character.How to Maximise Your L-shaped Kitchen
Prioritise perfect positioningIf your room necessitates a U-shaped layout, consider whether extra-slim cupboards or drawers will allow optimum positioning of your key appliances. Here, the narrow pantry pullout and drawers on either side of the range cooker mean that the coveted kitchen appliance ‘triangle’ can still be maintained.
…or fashion a fitted kitchenIn a small space where every inch counts, a fitted kitchen offers optimum storage and a clean look. When planning, consider every possible layout to suit your situation: for example, some people love corner cupboards, like these, while others prefer a galley arrangement that avoids them.Do you have a favourite storage idea among these? Share it – plus any of your own tips – in the Comments below.