At IKD, we love all of the kitchens we design for our clients…but we still have our favorites. In this series we’ll share IKD team members’ favorite kitchen designs.
IKD Team Member: Ana
Role: Kitchen Designer
Why this is her favorite kitchen: “I feel like Goldilocks about this kitchen. It’s just right. Not too modern, not too formal, and not too country. It’s cozy and down to earth.”
An IKEA Kitchen for a Family of Cooks
For the Williams family, cooking is a family affair. Everyone, from the parents to the young children, participates in meal preparation.
They were in the process of removing their old kitchen and putting up drywall when they contacted IKD, so they sent us blueprints instead of before photos.
The Williamses, in addition to a more family-friendly kitchen design, also wanted a cozier kitchen that would keep the harsh Canadian winters at bay.
A Bright and Cozy Family Kitchen
Here’s their new, IKD kitchen:
“We chose a theme of wood and white elements to create a bright and cozy kitchen for their family to cook in,” said Ana. “The cabinet doors are all white IKEA LIDINGÖ with FÅGLEBODA handles. The LIDINGÖ cabinet doors are a more expensive option, so the family also chose all white appliances for a more affordable look that’s easier on the eyes.”
The LUFTIG exhaust hood is from IKEA.
“Notice how the cabinets over the sink are the same height as the adjacent cabinets,” said Ana. “We don’t typically design kitchens this way, but the family thought it would make for cleaner lines.”
Low, Open Shelves for the Kids and a Creative IKEA Hack
“Here you can see how the Williamses kept the island’s lower shelves open for spices, pots, pans, and cooker so the kids can reach things and help around the kitchen. The PERFEKT end unit on the back wall is also open and stylish. Open shelves make things even more accessible for the children, and gives the small kitchen a lighter look as well.
“Of course, this kitchen would be a nightmare for a family with very young children! But the children in this family were ages 8-10 so it was safe and manageable.
“Also along the back wall, higher up for adults only, is a PERFEKT wine shelf. You can’t see it from this angle, but open shelves underneath the wine shelf have baskets of items to keep small kitchen items out of sight.
“I think the coolest thing about this kitchen is the island. This was their own creative IKEA hack! Basically they put together two STENSTORP islands. The higher part of the island used just the framing of the second STENSTORP and PERFEKT panels and countertop materials for this custom island.
“The blackboard paint wall is an accent wall. The Williamses chose not to have kitchen cabinets on that wall so it didn’t look crowded. With their young children, the blackboard wall was a fun way for them to communicate with each other.”
A Final Look at their Kitchen Design
“This is the island from another view. The INGOLF Bar Stools tie nicely with the white theme of the kitchen, and the navy seat kitchens match the navy paint framing the kitchen cabinets.
“In the right corner is a BYGEL utility cart to keep things close and movable.
“As I said, the appliances are not IKEA, but they are very similar to the LAGAN line at IKEA. Take a look at the LAGAN range and oven and the LAGAN dishwasher. The refrigerator is similar to the ENERGISK refrigerator at IKEA,” said Ana.
Can you see why Ana loves this kitchen so much? She’s ready to make a similar kitchen for you. Check out the Get Started page to see how Ana can bring your dream kitchen to life.