How we designed Bonnie’s new kitchen with IKEA

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The other week we shared Bonnie’s brown and poky kitchen and talked about our plans for this space. We spent weeks pulling together our inspiration and researching kitchen options. Ultimately, Bonnie and her partner decided a kitchen from IKEA would offer the best value for money — offering the style and features they desired, such as sleek cabinetry and clever storage solutions, and at a great price point.

So we made an appointment with a kitchen expert at IKEA Canberra to design the space and lock in all of our selections.

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Designing Bonnie’s kitchen

Before going into IKEA to design their new kitchen, Bonnie and her partner Tom spent many hours dreaming up what they could do with the space. They even mapped out options on the floor using tape while on holidays so they could visualise layouts, get a feel of the scale, and see where everything could fit.

Planning kitchen
Using tape to imagine the new kitchen

As we mentioned in the last post, there was no pantry in Bonnie’s original kitchen and it was top of the ‘wish list’ to have a pantry while working with the constraints of the space, including keeping plumbing in the same position.

With a good idea of what would be possible in the space, Bonnie and Gina headed into IKEA in Canberra to properly design the new kitchen!

IKEA kitchen consultation

Developing the design

During the 2-hour IKEA kitchen appointment, our in-store kitchen guru Nina took our measurements and put them into the IKEA Home Planner system and created a 3D digital visualisation of Bonnie’s home.

From here, we shared our ideas with Nina who dragged and dropped different cabinetry options and together we came up with two great designs for the space — a U-shaped design and one wit a separate island bench.

Ultimately, we decided the U-shaped design would be the better option — ensuring the entry of Bonnie’s home is kept clear and offering a view out into the garden.

Front view of the U-shaped design we chose
Front view of the U-shaped design we chose
Side view of the U-shaped design we chose

Making selections

The next step of the kitchen design process was to make all of our selections — cabinetry, tapware, sink, appliances, and so much more!

Before our appointment we had created a mood board of the look we wanted to achieve, which helped make the selection process easier. It can get a bit overwhelming trying to lock in all your selections in the moment if you don’t know the overall look you want to achieve so our tip is to definitely take the time to develop a mood board before you begin making any decisions for the space.

Bonnie was keen to have a stone benchtop to achieve a luxe-look and ensure longevity for the space. Specifically, we chose ‘White Storm’ in Caesarstone. When it came to cabinetry selections, we loved the look and feel of Voxtorp white — it’s a satin finish matte cabinetry rather than a high gloss. Voxtorp is smooth with integrated handles that are easy to open and close so no decision was required on door handles.

New kitchen with IKEA
Just some of the cabinetry options available

The tap and sink were easy choices — Bonnie wanted black to follow through from her bathroom.

We chose all IKEA products for the appliances — we knew that they would fit properly and all come with good warranties and reviews. We opted for an induction cooktop (it was on Bonnie’s wish list!), plus a high quality oven. In-store, IKEA offer a variety of appliances to suit all budgets and they now stock refrigerators so we got one of those in stainless steel to match the space too.

Drawer insert options
Drawer insert options

Smart inclusions

For integrated lighting we choose LED strip to sit underneath the cabinetry, which will create a soft ambience at night and be handy for food preparation and cooking.

Now that we had a pantry to work with, it came time to select the interior fittings. IKEA has incredible options for maximising space and we fit in a spice drawer, additional drawers for kitchen utensils, an integrated dishwasher and in-built microwave to maximise bench space. We also included handy features such as a concealed slide out bin and a skinny slide out pantry shelf to store clean up items and sauces neatly.

Stay tuned for the reveal of Bonnie’s new kitchen with IKEA. If you’ve got any questions about our kitchen consultation or plans for Bonnie’s kitchen, post a comment below and we’ll get back to you asap.

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    1. Hi
      I would love to know how the fridge is going? We are looking at purchasing the ones fridge and wondered what the quality is like?


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