June 21, 2023
I'm currently in love with the delightful new micro trend sweeping the interior design world, and it's all about unkitchening your kitchen! Say goodbye to those upper cabinets, banish the cold white worktops and say hello to a warm and inviting culinary sanctuary.
For me, this is all about making your kitchen a space you want to spend time in, that's warm, inviting and reflects your interior aesthetic. And crucially for me, making your kitchen somewhere that reflects and invites in your everyday life, in all its joy and meaning. We have to credit Devol Kitchens as such a pioneer of this trend and I find their kitchens endlessly inspiring! Every time I spot a beautiful kitchen online or on social media, I can guarantee it's from Devol... It's also worth reading "Uncommon Kitchens" by Sophie Donelson which is full of beautiful images!
In this blog post, i'm diving into the world of unkitchening and I'll share some styling tips to transform your kitchen into a haven that oozes charm and personality. So, let's get started!
Add furniture instead of built-in cabinets: For me, my kitchen feels more authentic with vintage furniture instead of cold, sterile built-in cabinets. This could be an antique armoire repurposed as a cabinet for plates and cups, or a salvaged wood butcher's block island. Remove those upper cabinets that create a barrier between you and your cooking area. Embrace open shelving, which not only creates an airy feel but also allows you to showcase your most cherished vintage finds and unique pieces.
Also think about colour! Saturated colours on the walls (vs sterile white) are a beautiful way to bring depth, interest and warmth to your kitchen. I'm redesigning our galley kitchen this year and already have my Farrow and Ball swatches out! Think forest green, mustard, deep pink, let yourself go!
Unkitchening your kitchen is all about embracing a warmer and more personable space. By removing upper cabinets and incorporating vintage and unique pieces, you can transform your kitchen into an oasis of charm and personality. Remember to declutter, seek out vintage finds, use natural materials, play with lighting and add a touch of greenery.
Let your creativity soar, and enjoy the process of curating a kitchen that not only caters to your culinary needs but also reflects your individuality. Happy unkitchening!
Shopping the unkitchen look
Inspired to unkitchen your kitchen? Here are a few finds from my store that might fit the bill.
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