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Are Awkward Angles Holding You Back?

Updated: Mar 29, 2021


Particularly in older homes or repurposed building, awkward angles, funny shapes, odd supports and constructions can significantly impact your kitchen design. Rather than trying to navigate your way around knocking down walls or restructuring your home, why not make the most of these features? By considering practical storage solutions and accentuating 'difficult' design flaws, you can incorporate them into your plans and maximise space, whilst retaining the quirky originality of your home.


If your kitchen is blessed with an oddly-shaped floorplan, it can be difficult to know where to start planning a redesign, with no natural flow, and more nooks and crannies than is sensible. This can be avoided by deciding on clear zones within the space. A smaller area can be utilised as a pantry or utility room, closing off an awkward alcove to make a more uniform shape. By incorporating an island, you can manipulate the kitchen's flow, signifying the switch from cooking to dining to living. With a bespoke kitchen, you can choose to leave a rectangular island behind and opt for a design which accentuates the room's shape, blending in and drawing the eye to all those unique angles.


With older homes which have low slung ceilings, natural light can be limited, with homeowners often looking for ways to add height and remove pesky beams. As space is limited, we suggest forgetting about wall-mounted cabinets, which can further increase a cramped and dark atmosphere. By choosing only base cabinetry, the distance between the worksurfaces and the ceiling is extended, creating an illusion of space and airiness. Those beautiful beams can easily become intriguing design elements by hanging short-lead feature

pendant lights over an island, framing and highlighting a cosy dining experience.


Awkward alcoves which restrict the overall layout of cabinetry and appliances can be cleverly disguised with practical and bespoke shelving or storage, which can be tailor-made to nestle perfectly into the most architecturally-tricky spaces. By choosing different textures or colours for the shelving, you can create an eye-catching statement, transforming an unused and challenging wall space into a quirky display of your personality.

When your kitchen is on the small side, you don't have to compromise beauty for practicality. Incorporating open-plan living is a modern way to invoke a spacious feel. By choosing integrated appliances and a cohesive colour scheme, you can seamlessly blur the lines between cooking and dining. If open-plan isn't an option, functional solutions such as slimline units, corner unit carousels, and pull-out shelving can maximise storage without encroaching on floor space.


A major benefit of choosing a bespoke kitchen is that we can identify these challenging features and incorporate innovative and stylish design elements- helping you maximise space, showcase your home's personality, and ultimately bring your dream kitchen to life.