The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home - it's where guests always gravitate to at parties, and the backdrop to our every day as we cook and spend time with family. Interior designer Emily Henderson has shared a surprising design tip to create a characterful kitchen that feels like it's been built over time.
When thinking about kitchen design, there is an overwhelming number of components to consider, from lighting to layout, plug sockets to pantries. And it's expensive, so you want to feel confident you're not going to end up with something generic.
'I could talk about kitchens forever,' she tells us in an interview as part of her work with PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer (opens in new tab). The interiors expert has plenty of suggestions for making a kitchen feel unique and characterful, but our favorite was the point she makes about subtly mismatched design.
How can we make a kitchen feel characterful and curated?
'Normally, all the vertical rails and styles in a brand new kitchen, if you're having a cabinet maker, they'll want everything to line up. I've noticed in their kitchens that they don't.
Emily describes staring at deVOL and Plain English kitchens, wondering, "Why is this better than other kitchens?"' But she explains that an ever so slightly mismatched design creates this feeling that it's been built over time.
So even if you live in a modern property, allowing your new kitchen not to be 100% symmetrical and 'perfect' will create a sense of history and charm. There's just something reassuring about walking into a home and feeling like it's always been there.
Emily also shared some original kitchen storage ideas to help achieve this old-world feel in our existing kitchens. She recommends rethinking the upper cabinets, using shelves with rods and S-hooks for hanging pretty pots and spoons, like in the kitchen below.
If you are decorating on a tight budget, this is something you can do cheaply with some black S-hooks from IKEA (opens in new tab) set on a rail. Fill them with pots of fresh herbs and style countertops with vintage candlesticks and artwork as an easy way to add personality.
Welcome a mismatched feel and a blend of styles and finishes in your next renovation - who wants a home like everybody else's?