Creating a kitchen where the inside reflects the beautiful garden space outside is made easier when you use French windows or patio doors.
And its bang on trend right now.
Not only does it give you new access to your garden on lovely summer days but it also allows floods of natural light into the room – highlighting the best aspects of your culinary space and literally shining a light on some of the kitchen’s most unique features.
It is crucial that you get the feel of the doors right though - for homes with a traditional country garden it is essential that the kitchen emulates the country feel, for example.
Soft timber or Shaker designs, such as Magnet’s Charleston Bone, look great when coupled with vivacious rural gardens.
Likewise, for modern, minimalist gardens - choose a kitchen to match.
Taking an accent colour from the kitchen and using it as a theme in your French windows also helps to create a unified space.
You can continue the theme outside in your garden too - a stone or tiled floor with under-floor heating will keep the kitchen warm during winter and keep the room cool during the summer. Use a similar stone floor outside for a stunning, contemporary look.
Alternatively, choose a wooden floor and use a similar wood for decking outside to create a subtle transition from the kitchen to the garden.
When choosing a position for the patio doors ensure that there is clear, unobstructed view from the kitchen to the garden.
Avoid installing islands or units in front of patio doors as these will obstruct movement in and out of the kitchen. However a unit or table close to the patio doors provides the perfect place to serve food from when entertaining outdoors.
And most importantly, it looks great.