The country house must-have

Beautiful Boot Rooms

Never get too big for your boots!

Half term is upon us and so is the seemingly never-ending rain, bringing along with it mud splattered wellies, sodden dogs and water dripping off wax jackets onto the floor. And let’s not forget the hockey sticks, rugby boots and tennis racquets brought home at the end of every term, not to mention the trainers scattered all over the hallway floor and the all too familiar cry of “Has anyone seen my hat?”

In a world full of hustle and bustle, keeping muddy paws at bay and a semblance of order to the clutter which sometimes seems to grow its own legs is a must, but how can we achieve it?

Our answer is the boot room.

What exactly is a boot room?

The boot room is one of the top interior design trends in 2024 but country houses are no strangers to this workhorse space which has the important purpose of keeping the outside from entering the rest of the house by cleverly bridging the gap between the exterior and interior.

Sometimes called a mud room, or bootility room for those who want to incorporate an area for laundry, the boot room creates another point of entrance to the home and is most commonly located at the rear of the property, providing a multifunctional place to store dog leads, shoes, coats, boots, cold weather gear, wellies and walking sticks.

Tips from our designers

But with so many items to find a nook or cranny for, how can you find that all-important blend of stylish storage with functionality? Here are our top tips for the perfect boot room:

Cubby Holes

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to leave the house but being unable to find your other shoe (last seen in the puppy’s mouth and now probably under a sofa!) or matching gloves, so we love to include a tower of floor to ceiling cubby holes. Not only do these provide ample storage for shoes, boots, scarves and hats but they also make it easy for the children to tidy away their possessions after a day at school.

Seating with Storage

Items like wellies and sports equipment can be more difficult to store tidily so we like to create seating areas with hinged lids which open up to reveal deep storage boxes. This has the double purpose of providing a place to put on or take off your shoes which is especially useful after a long dog walk.

 

 

Plenty of Pegs

A run of pegs is essential for hanging coats and jackets so making sure you have plenty but that they are spaced out enough to avoid coats bunching together, is always at the top of our clients’ wish lists. Choose pegs which are strong and sturdy so that you can hang up your heavy winter coats but are also stylish – remember they won’t always be covered with clothing.

 

 

Capacious Cupboards

In any house there are certain everyday items which are never going look pretty if on display and so you’re likely to want to put them behind closed doors … and that’s exactly why every boot room needs plenty of cupboard space. Pop away the hoover, hang up the dogs’ leads, stash away the umbrellas and conceal the clutter inside hand painted cupboards with plenty of rail space for those extra coats not needed until next season.

 

Shelving

Plenty of shelving is always handy in a boot room for items such as dog biscuits and bowls, boot polish and brushes, cleaning products and cloths, as well as vases, picnic blankets and trugs. We like to pay as much attention to the interiors of our cupboards as the externals to ensure they look beautiful inside and out, as well as use high quality oak or maple to ensure Rencraft furniture stands the test of time.

As well as interior shelving, we also like to incorporate open shelving into our designs to allow clients to showcase items such as family heirlooms, sporting trophies and meaningful memorabilia to add a little pop of personality to the room.

Expert design with you in mind

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them and the way they want to use the space. One of our favourite examples is this custom storage area which we designed for a gentleman who owns a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which deserve to be kept on show for all to admire, as well as be easily accessible but carefully stored to avoid damage.

 

 

Chat to us about your project

If you have a boot room project in mind, then why not come and visit us in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms to see how we have created a beautiful boot room in our basement which flows seamlessly into a country house kitchen display complete with concealed breakfast pantry, Belfast sink and Aga cooker.

The country house must-have

Beautiful Boot Rooms

Never get too big for your boots!

Half term is upon us and so is the seemingly never-ending rain, bringing along with it mud splattered wellies, sodden dogs and water dripping off wax jackets onto the floor. And let’s not forget the hockey sticks, rugby boots and tennis racquets brought home at the end of every term, not to mention the trainers scattered all over the hallway floor and the all too familiar cry of “Has anyone seen my hat?”

In a world full of hustle and bustle, keeping muddy paws at bay and a semblance of order to the clutter which sometimes seems to grow its own legs is a must, but how can we achieve it?

Our answer is the boot room.

What exactly is a boot room?

The boot room is one of the top interior design trends in 2024 but country houses are no strangers to this workhorse space which has the important purpose of keeping the outside from entering the rest of the house by cleverly bridging the gap between the exterior and interior.

Sometimes called a mud room, or bootility room for those who want to incorporate an area for laundry, the boot room creates another point of entrance to the home and is most commonly located at the rear of the property, providing a multifunctional place to store dog leads, shoes, coats, boots, cold weather gear, wellies and walking sticks.

Tips from our designers

But with so many items to find a nook or cranny for, how can you find that all-important blend of stylish storage with functionality? Here are our top tips for the perfect boot room:

Cubby Holes

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to leave the house but being unable to find your other shoe (last seen in the puppy’s mouth and now probably under a sofa!) or matching gloves, so we love to include a tower of floor to ceiling cubby holes. Not only do these provide ample storage for shoes, boots, scarves and hats but they also make it easy for the children to tidy away their possessions after a day at school.

Seating with Storage

Items like wellies and sports equipment can be more difficult to store tidily so we like to create seating areas with hinged lids which open up to reveal deep storage boxes. This has the double purpose of providing a place to put on or take off your shoes which is especially useful after a long dog walk.

 

 

Plenty of Pegs

A run of pegs is essential for hanging coats and jackets so making sure you have plenty but that they are spaced out enough to avoid coats bunching together, is always at the top of our clients’ wish lists. Choose pegs which are strong and sturdy so that you can hang up your heavy winter coats but are also stylish – remember they won’t always be covered with clothing.

 

 

Capacious Cupboards

In any house there are certain everyday items which are never going look pretty if on display and so you’re likely to want to put them behind closed doors … and that’s exactly why every boot room needs plenty of cupboard space. Pop away the hoover, hang up the dogs’ leads, stash away the umbrellas and conceal the clutter inside hand painted cupboards with plenty of rail space for those extra coats not needed until next season.

 

Shelving

Plenty of shelving is always handy in a boot room for items such as dog biscuits and bowls, boot polish and brushes, cleaning products and cloths, as well as vases, picnic blankets and trugs. We like to pay as much attention to the interiors of our cupboards as the externals to ensure they look beautiful inside and out, as well as use high quality oak or maple to ensure Rencraft furniture stands the test of time.

As well as interior shelving, we also like to incorporate open shelving into our designs to allow clients to showcase items such as family heirlooms, sporting trophies and meaningful memorabilia to add a little pop of personality to the room.

Expert design with you in mind

As with each and every project, our designers always take the time to listen to our clients and get to know them and the way they want to use the space. One of our favourite examples is this custom storage area which we designed for a gentleman who owns a much-prized collection of beautiful walking sticks which deserve to be kept on show for all to admire, as well as be easily accessible but carefully stored to avoid damage.

 

 

Chat to us about your project

If you have a boot room project in mind, then why not come and visit us in our Tunbridge Wells showrooms to see how we have created a beautiful boot room in our basement which flows seamlessly into a country house kitchen display complete with concealed breakfast pantry, Belfast sink and Aga cooker.

Rhubarb & Custard Cake

 

With forced rhubarb back on our shelves, why not treat yourself with this delightful dessert which celebrates the joy of Spring with its vibrant pink stalks and tangy flavour. This harmonious blend of tart rhubarb and creamy custard, captures the freshness and abundance of this beloved springtime ingredient, with each mouthful transporting you to a quintessentially English garden where the vibrant colours and sweet aromas of rhubarb reign supreme.

Ingredients

Pastry Cream

  • 170 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 35 g white sugar
  • 10 g cornflour or 30g of plain flour
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt

Cake

  • 175 g softened butter
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 5 tsp baking powder

Topping

  • 400 g rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 30 g butter, melted
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 1 cardamom pod seeds

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C and grease an 18cm cake tin.
  2. Prepare the pastry cream by heating the milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Do not let it boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, white sugar, cornflour and salt until well combined.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Return the mixture to a clean saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a more viscous custard. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, with clingfilm covering it to stop a skin from forming.
  4. Prepare the rhubarb by washing it, slicing it lengthways, either cutting it into diagonal diamond pieces to form a geometric pattern later on, or roughly chopping it ready to scatter on top on for a more informal look.
  5. Next, heat the butter and sugar until dissolved with the cardamom seeds, then add the rhubarb. Stir and cook for two minutes, then set aside to cool down.
Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Method (continued)

6. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 5-6 minutes. Gradually add the vanilla extract and beaten eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. It is likely to curdle but it will come together at a later stage, so don’t panic!

7. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add this to the butter-sugar-egg mixture, folding until just combined.

8. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.

9. Next, spread the pastry cream over the entire cake batter, getting it right to the edges.

10. Arrange the rhubarb pieces on top of the pastry cream.

11. Bake for 1 hour or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

12. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool for another ten minutes.

13. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with a handful of flaked almonds, a dusting of icing sugar and scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Top Tip

This cake is best enjoyed on the day it is made, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

RENCRAFT AT HOME

Rhubarb & Custard Cake

Rhubarb & Custard Cake

 

With forced rhubarb back on our shelves, why not treat yourself with this delightful dessert which celebrates the joy of Spring with its vibrant pink stalks and tangy flavour. This harmonious blend of tart rhubarb and creamy custard, captures the freshness and abundance of this beloved springtime ingredient, with each mouthful transporting you to a quintessentially English garden where the vibrant colours and sweet aromas of rhubarb reign supreme.

Ingredients

Pastry Cream

  • 170 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 35 g white sugar
  • 10 g cornflour or 30g of plain flour
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt

Cake

  • 175 g softened butter
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 5 tsp baking powder

Topping

  • 400 g rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 30 g butter, melted
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 1 cardamom pod seeds

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150°C and grease an 18cm cake tin.
  2. Prepare the pastry cream by heating the milk and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Do not let it boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, white sugar, cornflour and salt until well combined.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Return the mixture to a clean saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a more viscous custard. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, with clingfilm covering it to stop a skin from forming.
  4. Prepare the rhubarb by washing it, slicing it lengthways, either cutting it into diagonal diamond pieces to form a geometric pattern later on, or roughly chopping it ready to scatter on top on for a more informal look.
  5. Next, heat the butter and sugar until dissolved with the cardamom seeds, then add the rhubarb. Stir and cook for two minutes, then set aside to cool down.
Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Method (continued)

6. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. This should take 5-6 minutes. Gradually add the vanilla extract and beaten eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. It is likely to curdle but it will come together at a later stage, so don’t panic!

7. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually add this to the butter-sugar-egg mixture, folding until just combined.

8. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.

9. Next, spread the pastry cream over the entire cake batter, getting it right to the edges.

10. Arrange the rhubarb pieces on top of the pastry cream.

11. Bake for 1 hour or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

12. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool for another ten minutes.

13. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature with a handful of flaked almonds, a dusting of icing sugar and scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb and Custard Cake Recipe

Top Tip

This cake is best enjoyed on the day it is made, but any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Discover the hottest kitchen trends coming in 2024!

Black Kitchen by SieMatic with Bora induction hob and Bora ovens.

Black Kitchens

When it comes to making a bold statement with your new kitchen, then plumping for a black kitchen is not only very on-trend in 2024, but it’s also unfailingly stylish and sophisticated.

But opting for such a dark colour can lead to some pitfalls so, if you’re thinking of choosing black for your new kitchen project, why not speak to one of our expert designers who will be able to help you achieve that all important balance between dark and light elements, as well as advise you on key features such as lighting.

This penthouse kitchen is the perfect example of how you can marry painted wall panelling with a deep earthy tone on the island, as well as a light coloured worktop, all brought together with subtle lighting by Buster & Punch. We also added accents of black with our use of Bora ovens in a letterbox arrangement and a Bora induction hob, Bora Tepan stainless steel grill and downdraft on the island to complete the look.

Black Kitchen by SieMatic with Bora induction hob and Bora ovens.
Green Butchers Block with Green Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinets

Green Is On The Move

Functional, stylish and flexible, freestanding furniture is set to be a popular trend in 2024 and, as we are big believers in creating kitchens from individually designed and handmade pieces of furniture, we couldn’t be more pleased.

This handcrafted table, complete with butcher’s block, is a fantastic addition to any kitchen space and an ideal way to freshen up a room with its vibrant and equally on-trend green hues. In this kitchen we have positioned the table in the middle of the room as an alternative to a kitchen island and completed the look with a stunning concealed breakfast pantry and Aga range cooker on either side.

Handmade cutlery insert knife block within drawer.

Stylish Storage

Stylish storage solutions are at the top of most of our clients’ wish lists and we firmly believe that the inside of our cabinetry should be just as beautiful as the outside. We don’t like to use metal racks but stick to what we know best – handmade wooden interiors which are expertly crafted to feel like exquisite pieces of individual furniture.

But it doesn’t stop there as practicality is also at the heart of all we do. So, if you’re looking for more space to store your baking equipment, want ample shelving to store dry goods in neatly labelled Kilner jars, or want to declutter your work surfaces but still have your coffee machine and blender easily available, then we will design the perfect solution just for you.

Handmade cutlery insert knife block within drawer.
Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

Zoned Living Spaces

With the kitchen being the central hub of the home, we often find ourselves all in one room but for different reasons. Take a weeknight, for example – homework needs to be tackled, sports kit washed, dinner prepared, the day’s events caught up on and a good old G&T needs making. So how do we spend time together all in one space without cramping each other’s style? The answer: clever zoning.

This project is a great example of a family who wanted to spend more time together in their kitchen but still wanted distinct areas for cooking, socialising and relaxing, as well as a spot for their stunning cocktail bar to help their parties go with a swing.

Island Cooking

The kitchen island is almost always a must-have for our clients but 2024 is bringing a new edge to this firm favourite with trends such as combination and elevated islands coming to the fore. As well as designing show-stopping places to prep food and dine, we often introduce our clients to the concept of island cooking by asking the question: “Why cook staring at the wall, when you can face your friends and family and make it a more social experience?”

Our designers are extremely experienced in all things Bora and their elegant and minimalist induction hobs with built-in downdraft extractors make them the perfect choice for a kitchen island. You could even add a sink and under-counter refrigeration to make cooking whilst entertaining a total breeze.

Black waterfall kitchen island with orange insert and handpainted green cabinetry.

Bold Colour Choices

Colour has popped back into our lives in 2024 in a big way and glossy magazines are awash with ideas of how to incorporate the famous Peach Fuzz into our lives. It’s essential however, that any colour choices are carefully considered before taking the final plunge into the paint pot and that is why our expert designers are perfectly placed to assist you with your choices.

This project is a wonderful example of how really bold colour choices can work in perfect harmony together in a cleverly designed space. With the right advice, you might even be brave enough to be bolder than you think, so why not make an appointment with one of our designers to see how you can push the colour palette boundaries in style!

High Drama Marble

We like to view marble as a piece of art rather than just a work surface and that’s why we are delighted that high drama marble is pushing itself forward in 2024. Gone are the days of plain white work surfaces and now we are welcoming bold colours, jaw-droppingly beautiful veining and even fluted marble sinks in to our homes.

If you’re keen to choose a bold statement piece to create a stunning focal point in your new kitchen then our showrooms in Tunbridge Wells are a must visit, as is a chat with one of our designers who can advise you on the pros and cons of using natural materials in your kitchen and guide you on style and colour choices to complement your kitchen cabinetry.

Modern Bespoke Kitchen

Metallic Tones

When it comes to metallic tones, this kitchen island really is the dream! We sourced these bronze flat-fronted panels with patina finish especially for our client who wanted to blend the simplicity and straight lines of the waterfall island with the beauty of bronze.

To add the perfect finishing touch, we also added subtle lighting to allow the metallic hues to glint and glow, as well as evolve throughout the day. Whether the island is basking in the morning’s natural light or glimmering in the peace of the evening, it is a truly beautiful feature to behold.

All the latest looks

Kitchen Trends 2024

Discover the hottest kitchen trends coming in 2024!

Black Kitchen by SieMatic with Bora induction hob and Bora ovens.

Black Kitchens

When it comes to making a bold statement with your new kitchen, then plumping for a black kitchen is not only very on-trend in 2024, but it’s also unfailingly stylish and sophisticated.

But opting for such a dark colour can lead to some pitfalls so, if you’re thinking of choosing black for your new kitchen project, why not speak to one of our expert designers who will be able to help you achieve that all important balance between dark and light elements, as well as advise you on key features such as lighting.

This penthouse kitchen is the perfect example of how you can marry painted wall panelling with a deep earthy tone on the island, as well as a light coloured worktop, all brought together with subtle lighting by Buster & Punch. We also added accents of black with our use of Bora ovens in a letterbox arrangement and a Bora induction hob, Bora Tepan stainless steel grill and downdraft on the island to complete the look.

Black Kitchen by SieMatic with Bora induction hob and Bora ovens.
Green Butchers Block with Green Farrow and Ball Kitchen Cabinets

Green Is On The Move

Functional, stylish and flexible, freestanding furniture is set to be a popular trend in 2024 and, as we are big believers in creating kitchens from individually designed and handmade pieces of furniture, we couldn’t be more pleased.

This handcrafted table, complete with butcher’s block, is a fantastic addition to any kitchen space and an ideal way to freshen up a room with its vibrant and equally on-trend green hues. In this kitchen we have positioned the table in the middle of the room as an alternative to a kitchen island and completed the look with a stunning concealed breakfast pantry and Aga range cooker on either side.

Handmade cutlery insert knife block within drawer.

Stylish Storage

Stylish storage solutions are at the top of most of our clients’ wish lists and we firmly believe that the inside of our cabinetry should be just as beautiful as the outside. We don’t like to use metal racks but stick to what we know best – handmade wooden interiors which are expertly crafted to feel like exquisite pieces of individual furniture.

But it doesn’t stop there as practicality is also at the heart of all we do. So, if you’re looking for more space to store your baking equipment, want ample shelving to store dry goods in neatly labelled Kilner jars, or want to declutter your work surfaces but still have your coffee machine and blender easily available, then we will design the perfect solution just for you.

Handmade cutlery insert knife block within drawer.
Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

Zoned Living Spaces

With the kitchen being the central hub of the home, we often find ourselves all in one room but for different reasons. Take a weeknight, for example – homework needs to be tackled, sports kit washed, dinner prepared, the day’s events caught up on and a good old G&T needs making. So how do we spend time together all in one space without cramping each other’s style? The answer: clever zoning.

This project is a great example of a family who wanted to spend more time together in their kitchen but still wanted distinct areas for cooking, socialising and relaxing, as well as a spot for their stunning cocktail bar to help their parties go with a swing.

Island Cooking

The kitchen island is almost always a must-have for our clients but 2024 is bringing a new edge to this firm favourite with trends such as combination and elevated islands coming to the fore. As well as designing show-stopping places to prep food and dine, we often introduce our clients to the concept of island cooking by asking the question: “Why cook staring at the wall, when you can face your friends and family and make it a more social experience?”

Our designers are extremely experienced in all things Bora and their elegant and minimalist induction hobs with built-in downdraft extractors make them the perfect choice for a kitchen island. You could even add a sink and under-counter refrigeration to make cooking whilst entertaining a total breeze.

Black waterfall kitchen island with orange insert and handpainted green cabinetry.

Bold Colour Choices

Colour has popped back into our lives in 2024 in a big way and glossy magazines are awash with ideas of how to incorporate the famous Peach Fuzz into our lives. It’s essential however, that any colour choices are carefully considered before taking the final plunge into the paint pot and that is why our expert designers are perfectly placed to assist you with your choices.

This project is a wonderful example of how really bold colour choices can work in perfect harmony together in a cleverly designed space. With the right advice, you might even be brave enough to be bolder than you think, so why not make an appointment with one of our designers to see how you can push the colour palette boundaries in style!

High Drama Marble

We like to view marble as a piece of art rather than just a work surface and that’s why we are delighted that high drama marble is pushing itself forward in 2024. Gone are the days of plain white work surfaces and now we are welcoming bold colours, jaw-droppingly beautiful veining and even fluted marble sinks in to our homes.

If you’re keen to choose a bold statement piece to create a stunning focal point in your new kitchen then our showrooms in Tunbridge Wells are a must visit, as is a chat with one of our designers who can advise you on the pros and cons of using natural materials in your kitchen and guide you on style and colour choices to complement your kitchen cabinetry.

Modern Bespoke Kitchen

Metallic Tones

When it comes to metallic tones, this kitchen island really is the dream! We sourced these bronze flat-fronted panels with patina finish especially for our client who wanted to blend the simplicity and straight lines of the waterfall island with the beauty of bronze.

To add the perfect finishing touch, we also added subtle lighting to allow the metallic hues to glint and glow, as well as evolve throughout the day. Whether the island is basking in the morning’s natural light or glimmering in the peace of the evening, it is a truly beautiful feature to behold.

The thirty second tidy up

 

We’ve all had that horrifying moment when there’s an unexpected visitor at the door and you realise the breakfast things are still scattered across the island, the blender hasn’t quite made it back into its awkward spot at the back of the cupboard, and let’s not even begin to think about the mud-caked sports kit which is waiting to be tackled.

So how can we go about ensuring that keeping our homes free of clutter is as easy as Mary Poppins’s magical clicking of the fingers? The answer? A cleverly designed kitchen which lends as much attention to the inside of the cupboards as the outside.

Blue and pink Shaker Kitchen Island

Out with the old

Whilst many of us may live in older, period properties, the way in which we live our lives has changed hugely over the last few decades and we no longer want a kitchen which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the house. The kitchen in 2023 is the central hub of the home, a multi-functional hive of activity which is no longer just for cooking and eating, but also used for socialising, entertaining, working from home, the dreaded homework and, most importantly, relaxing.

And, with the kitchen being such an important room in your home, it’s essential that it’s a tidy, uncluttered space where everything (including the emergency New Year’s Eve party wine glasses and Christmas themed Bundt tin) has a home.

Blue and pink Shaker Kitchen Island

Perfectly tailored to you

It’s often said that one of the most important elements of a kitchen design is what’s behind the doors, but regular surveys of homeowners suggest that over 60% of us are unhappy with our kitchen storage. It’s certainly true to say that, when our clients first come and see us at the beginning of their new kitchen journeys, the majority have “plenty of storage” at the top of their wish lists.

Fortunately for our clients these are details that we are expertly experienced at featuring in our designs because when we say our kitchens and living spaces are handmade, we mean exactly that. Be it a Rencraft kitchen, boot room, cinema room or bedroom, we will get to know you, your space and your lifestyle before designing and building your cabinets from scratch, meaning that every element of your design is perfect for you.

Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

A kitchen as individual as you

And whilst some people might refer to quirky corners, low sloping ceilings and awkward alcoves as tricky spaces which need to somehow be worked around, we prefer to think of them as individual features which should be embraced.

Our bespoke kitchen design service means that we think of simply everything and offer beautiful, well-considered solutions which are both practical and stylish because we understand that getting the zoning right can make all the difference to how your kitchen looks and performs.

Pink Kitchen Island with zoned living and a beverage station.

Here are a few of our favourite bespoke solutions

The walk-in pantry

If you’re a keen cook or have your heart set on winning The Bake Off, the struggle of keeping all your dry ingredients in a neat, functional & organised space will be real. But don’t despair because a walk-in pantry is the answer to all your lost pasta flour woes! Just imagine a world where you can stand and view your rows of perfectly aligned glass jars at eye level, as well as label their contents so that whatever you’re looking for will always be ready to hand. And, if space allows, your pantry can also help you alleviate competition for worktop space with the inclusion of a marble work surface perfect for prepping.

Larders and appliance garages

One of this year’s kitchen trends is freestanding furniture and this means that larders have become a must-have feature. But why not make it more than just a simple storage cupboard by adding power points, transforming your cupboard into an appliance garage and creating a space for you to stow away items such as the kettle, toaster and blender.

Not only this, a beautifully designed bespoke cabinet will also provide you with ample storage, as well as free up wall space, so creating a more relaxed personal living space and giving you back hanging space for that beautiful mirror or piece of art.

Hidden away

Sometimes it’s a shame to interrupt the flow of a run of cabinets with a doorway to the utility or boot room, so why not speak to us about incorporating a ‘secret’ door into your kitchen design. This clever concept will allow you to avoid a disjointed look, as well as inject some fun and flair into your living space; definitely one to impress your guests with at your first dinner party in your new kitchen!

On display

Having considered some of the hidden options and their benefits, don’t close your mind to open storage. Floating shelves are a very popular choice with our clients, as they provide a stylish way to display your more decorative and treasured items.

As well as shelving, we also regularly design open storage features under kitchen islands, pantries and a multitude of other nooks and crannies, including under the stairs and even in a disused chimney breast!

Walnut flat front drawers

Keeping order

We are huge fans of nifty solutions for less glamorous items such as pull-out bins and recycling containers in addition to solid wood cutlery inserts, wine racks, vegetable storage, concealed knife blocks in drawers, bespoke drinks cabinets and all manner of carefully thought-out drawers.

Wide, deep drawers allow simple organisation of pots and pans all in one accessible space and the simple design addition of a graduated drawer means lids can be stored separately to any shallower pans. A simple pan rack can also be added to a deep drawer, meaning no more rattling or scratching of your pans, or how about storing chinaware in deeper drawers, with the simple addition of a pegboard which can neatly separate dinnerware sets.

We can also make the matter of organising your shallow, top drawers (where cutlery and utensils tend to be stored) a breeze by making bespoke inserts to house everything from your chopsticks to your vintage hand whisk and candy thermometer.

Walnut flat front drawers

Practical and perfect in every way

Whichever bespoke solutions you decide on with your kitchen designer, whether you’re a budding Mary Berry or a stickler for tidiness, your new Rencraft kitchen will delight you with more storage than Mary Poppins’s famous carpet bag.