As a result of two years of lockdowns and restrictions caused by the pandemic, it stands to reason that the nations shopping habits have shifted. In fact, according to a recent study, a third of us believe we will do less shopping of any type in the future1. With fewer shopping trips, UK homeowners are looking to invest in quality, well-designed pieces that will stand the test of time. So, whilst flatpack alternatives may seem like a cost-effective and convenient solution, more of us than ever are seeing the endless benefits that come with investing in bespoke storage solutions in all areas of the home.
Bearing this in mind, here’s some guidance from Will Lyne, lead designer and co-owner of Christopher Peters Kitchens and Interiors, on why bespoke is best.
Beauty without limits
Without question, the first room that springs to mind when considering the value of bespoke cabinetry is the kitchen. But busy families, working professionals and retirees alike are guilty of designing the home kitchen space based solely on function or form, not both. But there is a trick to harmoniously combining the two – beautiful, built-in storage. When working with a period property, integrating units into the recesses in the space, whether that’s either side of a chimney breast or under the stairs, can maximise on storage options without taking away from the style of the space.
On the opposite end of the scale, luxury new builds are often blessed with a sizeable floorplan and, therefore, kitchens can be scaled up to fulfil more than just a food preparation space. But, with such a vast area to fill with units, worktops, islands and seating areas, the opportunities can be a little overwhelming. Working with a bespoke kitchen designer will ensure you’re getting the most out of the space, no matter the size of the floorplan.
In the main, bespoke kitchen designs lend themselves to luxury properties as the overall aesthetic can be elevated. Off-the-shelf options, although generally cost-effective, are limited on colours and design features. The secret to creating a home with a real feeling of luxury comes from ensuring each space flows effortlessly, from one room to the next. This is often achieved by carefully considering the colour palette throughout the property, bringing tones from the main living areas into the kitchen space, the bedroom and even the outdoor areas, for an overall cohesive scheme. Bespoke kitchen companies will have more scope for colour-matching and bringing in other style aspects of the property, whether period or modern.
The key thing to remember is that bespoke kitchens effortlessly combine form and function. In fact, done well, built-in bespoke kitchen designs will ensure your stunning home works for the needs of you and your family for the foreseeable future.
Beauty to boot
Boot rooms and utilities really benefit from the stylish storage solutions that are synonymous with bespoke cabinetry, simply because the space becomes an extension of the kitchen space and less of a practical afterthought.
If your boot room is supposed to fulfil two functions – a storage space and a utility room – then make the most of bespoke cabinetry to successfully maximise the use of the space. Just as you would integrate a fridge in the kitchen, here you can hide washing machines and tumble dryers behind beautiful doors for a classic look. Include a worktop surface in one area for washing and folding and an entirely separate space for storage. Add banks of pegs – at high and low levels – for coats, hats and schoolbags, then add storage baskets for dog leads and treats. And for extra convenience, include a laundry bin for muddy socks and towels.
Without question, the main living spaces in the home – the sitting room, separate dining areas and family room – offer the most opportunity for creative flair and design. It is here that you can emulate exactly what it is you want your family and guests to feel. If you do have an eye for luxury design and you want to add pieces that will stand the test of time, I would recommend investing in bespoke furniture that truly fulfils the function you need it to.
This is especially important for more practical pieces of furniture that are not usually designed around the look of the piece, like TV units and toy storage. Dining tables can also be built to fill the measurements of your dining room, sitting eight, ten, twelve, or more guests at any one time. A good carpenter or supplier will also support in sourcing chairs – if these are not also being handmade for you – to suit the aesthetic of the rest of the space.
Essentially, because these pieces of furniture are designed, built and finished to your exact specifications, the rest of the space will appear more polished – as if created by an interior