I’d never thought of myself as someone who likes weird design or unusual interiors. I always thought I had a safe and rather neutral decorating style (if you can even call it a style) but two weeks ago everything changed.
We were at a kitchen studio for our second kitchen planning appointment. We’d already been a few weeks earlier to decide on the basics of what we’d like and this was the day where we’d get to see what design the kitchen planner had come up with and decide on all of the details.
Just as a reminder, this is the room we’d like to move the kitchen to.
The kitchen looked great. It had been planned well, we made a few changes and ironed out a few niggles but it somehow felt off. It just didn’t feel quite right and I couldn’t put my finger on it (even before we were told what it would cost).
Then it suddenly dawned on me – it was boring!
It was just so conventional, so grown-up and really just unexciting.
I loved the cupboard fronts we chose and I loved the Silestone worktop that looks similar to marble. The texture, colour and quality were all perfect (unless you compare it to the Bulthaupt B3 which is the kitchen of my dreams and obviously way out of budget) but it still didn’t feel right somehow.
In addition, the kitchen planning process in Germany isn’t exactly customer friendly as you don’t get any paperwork, pictures or even details of what you discussed until you sign on the dotted line so I can’t even show you what exactly we had planned.
A total nightmare for someone like me who compares the life out of everything and loves to get the best value for money possible (which is why I guess they do it). The images I’m sharing here are a rough version of the kitchen that I drew from memory with their free kitchen planning software to give you a rough idea of what was planned.
Whilst we do want all of the gadgets, all of the clever cupboards, something that’s high quality and built to last we’d also like something relaxed, fun, not so stiff or conventional.
Don’t get me wrong, if ever you’re going to want to install something that’s tried and tested it’s going to be in the kitchen but I personally don’t think that having a kitchen that’s fun has to contradict also having something functional.
The whole process was a total wake-up call and has made me question my whole way of thinking about design.
Even if we could afford to spend over 20k (yikes!) on a kitchen I’m not sure I want to.
I still love parts of the kitchen and I’m not saying that we’re not going to at least try to incorporate a version of it in our home but there will have to be some radical changes both in terms of design and to the overall cost to make it work for us.
I’m still not sure what exactly I would like our new kitchen to look like but in the few hours we spent at the kitchen studio I definitely learned a lot about myself and about what I don’t want.
A new kitchen is still high up on my list of priorities and we’re also still planning on moving the kitchen to the front of the apartment but for now, it’s back to the (kitchen) drawing board.
Have you ever had an “aha” moment when designing something? Am I the only person who finds planning and buying a kitchen super stressful? Did you know that over 80% of kitchens sold are white or off-white (according to our kitchen planner)? What would your dream kitchen look like?