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New Year New Kitchen

Well, here we are in 2018. We made it through Christmas and have resurfaced on the other side, albeit rather tired and a little fatter.

Entertaining at Christmas puts our kitchens to the test more than any other time of the year. The largest feasts are prepared for the most amount of guests. If you factor in all the extra food and drink taking up precious fridge space and even the napkins, crackers and tablecloths that only come out once a year, the kitchen feels full to capacity. Dining at the kitchen table after having sourced mismatched chairs from around the house can make for an elbow knocking experience as the children bicker at the ‘kids table’, driving even the most patient parent up the wall. Thank goodness for wine.

I have a small kitchen. If you are anything like me then you may experience the post-Christmas analysis of the kitchen’s overall performance during the festive season and decide that an extension or moving to a larger house is imperative. By mid-January I am able to gain some perspective and realise that it is just once a year and such drastic action need not be taken. If you have a small kitchen like me there are various tricks to help with creating space or at least giving the illusion of space.

De-cluttering worktops goes a long way to helping with space issues. Mid-way storage solutions such as a wall mounted hanging rail to which storage elements can be attached, getting things such as your kitchen roll, foil and even your knife block off the countertops. This not only frees up your worktops but can create more drawer space for things that can’t go on the walls.

In terms of design, it is important to find the right balance between gaining storage space without filling the room with cabinetry. Small kitchens need wall units - be mindful of not placing them too close to the windows, cutting off the supply of much needed natural light. Making wall units a lighter colour to the base units can create an illusion of space. A reduced depth worktop can provide more floor space, or having a peninsular instead of an island can be a worthwhile compromise if you don’t have much room.

The décor and finishing touches can be a great help too. Keeping colour schemes light and simple makes the most of the light. Laying floor tiles or planks diagonally across the floor tricks the eye into seeing more width than you have. Using mirrors or reflective surfaces can bounce even more light around the room. It’s worth bearing this in mind when selecting worktops, upstands and splashbacks.

Modern appliances can also help with creating space. An integrated combi microwave oven can do those extra dishes on Christmas day but eradicate the need to have a double oven or a microwave on the worktop. An induction hob can efficiently boil a compatible hob top kettle, making the plug in kettle obsolete, again freeing up more countertop room.

OK, so these tips for the small kitchen owner will not stop the family bombarding you, requiring odd chairs around the table, or masses of extra food and drink piling up, or prevent you from using every pot, pan and roasting dish in the house, however, in the little kitchen even gaining a tiny bit of extra space helps!

Happy New Year!


Want To Cook Like A Masterchef In Your Own Kitchen?


If you love cooking and are always dreaming of creating MasterChef style dishes in your own home then you will love this new oven from AEG. SenseCook is one of the new Mastery kitchen products, a range offering the world’s first responsive kitchen experience.

This innovative oven takes the temperature out of cooking, using a “CommandWheel” instead.  You select the outcome rather than the temperature or a number in Celsius or Fahrenheit. You say you want a medium-well steak, for example, and insert the Food Sensor probe, and it will do the monitoring for you. This means you can choose a more elaborate recipe and the oven will adjust itself throughout the steps.  This oven understands the results you want, just from the words you choose- an oven that speaks your language.

We will have one of these amazing ovens in the showroom later in the year and will be hosting a workshop with AEG to showcase how it can transform your home cooking- a date will be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can have a sneak preview, take a look at this video.



By Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:28 Published in Kitchens