Bringing Your Victorian Kitchen To Life

It’s all in the details in a Victorian kitchen.  The timeless elegance of a Victorian style kitchen is really held together by the details; the small authentic touches to decoration.  And decoration is something that Victorian kitchens have in spades. M ore than the similar Georgian or old-fashioned kitchen.  Still Victorian kitchen designs have a utility to them that makes them especially appealing to busy professionals and families alike.  The Victorian kitchen has the best of both worlds, unique design elements and useful design.  Some of the stylistic details include scrolls and corbels, moldings and carved pilasters.

If you’re picturing an almost frightening gothic style twisting pilaster and arched entryways and cabinets take a deep breath, that intensity level has been curtailed in recent years.

Modern Victorian kitchens tend to feature:

  • A simple and clean island table
  • Freestanding ornate and sleek glassware cabinet
  • A range stove
  • Cream and white colored cabinets with teak or other dark wood accents
  • Overhead racks for pots and pans

Indeed, you may say that Victorian kitchens today look quite similar to a contemporary style kitchen.  That being said, if you want to pump up the Victorian features you certainly may by taking out built-in furniture pieces like cabinets and replacing them with freestanding pieces and you can do this on a budget.  The reason this is a very traditionally Victorian stylistic choice is that back in the 1800’s they didn’t have built-in cabinets, they had furniture that provided the necessary tabletop work space.  Today it is not uncommon to see old classic bureaus used as kitchen island in a “modern” Victorian style kitchen.  This type of furniture is well built, has all the classic designs, and adds a wonderful accent to the kitchen.

Of course, we don’t recommend taking out your cabinetry.  Built-in cabinetry is quite a useful invention and it is easy and possible to make your kitchen Victorian without tearing them out.  Other classically Victorian style furniture pieces you may want to consider adding:

  • A kitchen dresser
  • A larder or pantry
  • A central workspace table

As for flooring there are four options: wood, linoleum, cork or ceramic/stone.  Wood flooring wasn’t favored in Victorian kitchens until late in the Victorian period.  Linoleum was favored in more upscale Victorian kitchens and was popular due to how easy it was to clean.  Not many people think of cork flooring when they think of Victorian kitchens, but it’s still true that they were a popular choice at the time and a green choice now because it’s made of recycled material.  Ceramic and stone floors are hardly surprising and are popular choices nowadays for old-fashioned kitchens but they aren’t specifically Victorian.  Of course one drawback to ceramic and stone floors is that they can be hard on the joints whereas the other options tend to offer more cushioning.  Something to think about if you spend a lot of time standing in the kitchen.

So the long and the short of it is this; Victorian kitchens are not old and boring, and if you need to liven yours up, dig deep, do some research and find a way to add your own personal touches.  Have fun with it!

Smart Ways to Make More Space in a Small Kitchen

Who wouldn’t like to have a spacious and comfortable home? That would mean a huge tub or a walk-in shower, great dining room table, and a kitchen big enough for all your dreams. It is, however, virtually impossible to find an apartment with a spacious kitchen. Does that mean that you should give up on your dreams? Absolutely not! We offer you several easy, useful tips which will help you create more space in your small kitchen ‘out of thin air’.

Extra space in cabinets

You never have enough space in your cabinets, no matter how many of them you’ve got. One of the things you can do to fully utilize the storage capacity of your cabinets is use stackable shelves for your plates. Also, undershelf baskets are great because you can put bigger items such as jars or bottles in them. The space above your cabinets should not be wasted either, and you can place baskets here as well to hide other stuff. If baskets are not an option, you can mount a small additional shelf above your cabinets to place empty jars, and the things you don’t use often. Also, mount a file holder on the inside of the door and use it to stash trash bags, foil, and saran wraps.

Use vertical space

If your kitchen is small, you can work ‘small miracles’ in the cabinets, but the space will be limited nonetheless. This is why you can think outside the box and use your vertical space. Larger kitchen utensils can easily be hanged on pierced corbels, if you want to avoid making a mess in your drawers. You can even add small ladders to your kitchen so you can reach even higher. Opt for a simple sliding ladder which will allow you to reach ceiling-height cabinets where you usually keep blenders, bread-maker and other things you don’t use every day. For finishing touches, choose some decorative wall clocks, some nice pictures or inspirational quotes. 

Bar and counter stools

Another great space saver is bar and counter stools. Instead of using your kitchen solely for cooking, and choosing to eat on the couch or in the living room, you can eat on your kitchen counters sitting on bar stools. You can also choose to bring in brightly coloured stools which will add texture to the space. If you don’t have enough space for seating, you can try to create some by making a small, makeshift counter which will separate your living room from your kitchen area, which you can use as a dining table.

Pull-Out pantry

No matter how tiny your kitchen actually is, you will always have some small, unused spaces. A good example of such a space is the gap between the fridge and wall. Use this space to create a pull-out faux pantry where you can keep dry goods, cans, and jars. You can also make two cabinets which can slide out above the countertop, and you will not have a problem to find anything you need. Also, try placing trash cans and bins for recyclables below the sink, so you can pull them out when you need them.

On display

Cabinets are filled, pantry is full, counter space is too precious to be wasted, and drawers are well organized. Is there any other space to use? Your walls can be used and turned into a great storage space too. You won’t create an unnecessary mess on your work area if you just use hooks and shelves to hang pots, pans, and cups. Making a wall rack for your platters is incredibly easy and it will serve more than one purpose: you will get extra storage space, and get some new, great wall art.

Your tiny cooking area doesn’t have to be a nightmare anymore. You won’t feel like your kitchen is bursting at the seams anymore if you improvise a bit, and come up with some innovative solutions. Small spaces are a bit more difficult to organize, but you can create a beautiful kitchen if you maximize your storage space.