The IslandShabby-chic Style Kitchen, London
Photo: Chris Snook © 2015 Houzz
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Get creative with your wall shelvesRecycle whatever you have at hand for true shabby chic style. In this beautifully eclectic (and lofty) kitchen, a weathered crate and reclaimed wire units make a quirky home for plates and cookery books, while metal lights and vintage signs further add to the pleasing jumble. One of the great things about shabby chic is that nothing needs to match: the mix of corrugated metal with peeling green paint here simply works.See the rest of this Oxfordshire home
Seek out salvaged materialsTiny homes have one big benefit: they don’t need endless metres of materials to fit them out. And that’s a serious advantage if you love using old offcuts and recycled bits and pieces that are unlikely to come in abundant lengths.Be inspired by this weeny 18th century building in the Cotswolds, where almost everything is upcycled, recycled, reclaimed or handmade. The kitchen cabinet doors were salvaged from a neighbour’s barn clear-out, the worktop is scaffolding planks and the splashback is simply old corrugated steel. Tour the rest of this tiny home
Choose what you loveThis kitchen is organised, but it’s certainly not minimalist. Reclaimed and repurposed materials create a unique design that’s full of personality. When it comes to maintaining a clutter-free home, remember the old saying, ‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’ If you have somewhere to store all your possessions, all you need to do to keep order is simply to put things back in their place.In this kitchen, a combination of quirky cupboards and wall-mounted open storage, along with vintage storage tins, a box for condiments and a weathered cutlery tray, provide a home for everything, but also lots of personality. For an even more streamlined yet still characterful space, fix more storage to the walls to free up work surfaces.
Get creative and upcycleThings aren’t what they seem in this quirky kitchen. A vintage mangle has become a table, a fruit crate and wire racks are now unusual shelving, and even the lights are upturned buckets. With some clever thinking, flea market booty can transform a bland rental space into something eclectic and characterful. The beauty of a rented space is that the pressure’s off: you can’t redesign the units or layout, so why not just have fun with it?Tour the whole of this special little home on a river island