When it comes to the reality of planning dream kitchens, now and again a structural curveball is thrown in the form of awkwardly shaped kitchen spaces! This might include angled walls, uneven walls, protruding walls, ceiling beams, joists, chimney breasts or kitchen columns and pillars. It might be a subtle kitchen trait that you haven’t ever noticed, or else a very prominent accent you can’t fail to miss! Whilst they can be a challenge for kitchen design and layout, it is these same traits that will add character to a home, so rather than a problem or oddity can be transformed into highly appreciable kitchen features.
Key planning for awkward kitchen spaces
An example of such an awkward kitchen trait is kitchen pillars or structural columns. Whilst functional, these also form decorative features that enhance a space, but they need careful planning to avoid looking lost, out of place or else too prominent, and stand out for all the wrong reasons. This highlights the importance of finding an experienced kitchen designer with a keen eye for aesthetics. Not only that, but to ensure a kitchen company who fully understands how to accurately measure your kitchen space and recognise any awkward dimensions within your plan. Achieve this and kitchen spaces of all shapes and sizes are usually easy to work with. To accommodate posts, columns, or projecting walls it may require only minor deviations from standard cabinet sizes to ensure an accurate fit. This is easily accomplished with bespoke furniture as your kitchen is purposely manufactured to fit the intended space, including any size alterations.
Without following these steps there is a risk of a kitchen not fitting the space; a stressful and costly error to rectify.
But what if you really don’t like your awkward kitchen trait?
As the saying goes ‘Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder’ so likability of certain room characteristics or awkward kitchen traits is dependent upon their look, but also on people’s personal tastes. Quite simply, not everyone likes the same thing!
Moving back to the example of kitchen structural columns it is fair to say these prove most problematic when homeowners simply don’t like or want them there, and/or feel they interfere with a newly intended kitchen design layout.
In such situations, there are generally two options:-
1) A homeowner can seek to remove the kitchen pillar and substitute it with a workable, sound alternative for the structural support it provided. This option tends to be time-consuming, can be problematic, may sometimes need planning permission, as well as an architect….and is always expensive!
2) The second option is to incorporate the kitchen pillar within the new kitchen layout, blending it as seamlessly and inconspicuously as possible. This in itself can be challenging, depending on the location and size of both kitchen and column, and ensuring enough space and clear access within the new kitchen. But in an efficient design, structural columns simply won’t draw the eye; They still have to be present but without being the focal point of the room. Similarly, in a well-effected design, uneven walls or other kitchen peculiarities should be smoothed out so they are no longer awkward, making for an overall kitchen look that flows well, whilst stylish and elegant.
Awkward kitchen Design Examples…
…Our kitchen design team have years of experience in working with awkward kitchen spaces, and are well-skilled in transforming such spaces into attractive and functional kitchen designs. This includes designing for both wanted and unwanted kitchen columns! Here are some kitchen design examples showing where and how they have achieved this:
Cashmere gloss kitchen with freestanding structural pillar
Terra Oak and Basalt Grey Kitchen Design with central pillar feature
Blackberry design glass and white satin lacquer kitchen with central kitchen pillar
Light grey matt kitchen with x 3 structural kitchen columns
Cashmere and white matt kitchen design with prominent structural pillar
Beige grey satin lacquer kitchen with structural post to left hand side
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