We have been on the lookout for a new apartment for more than a year and we’re so pleased to finally sign the contract for one just down the same street we currently live on. Just like most German apartments, our new place has been white washed, has exposed wires dropping down from ceilings that are waiting to be connected to our own light fixtures and no kitchen.
Yes, EMPTY kitchen.
I did quite an extensive online research on where to get a new kitchen without breaking our bank and decided to go ahead with IKEA. 25 years warranty, speaks English, great selection, not too expensive yet durable. Our current kitchen is from a cheap IKEA range that our landlady had for a million years and while it looks plain boring, it’s perfectly functional. Online reviews from forums and blogs of IKEA kitchens are quite positive too, so we decided on the Swedish brand.
We have a tiny, narrow kitchen. When planning the kitchen, I made it known that I wanted an airy space. While storage is important, I didn’t want cupboards casting shadows everywhere. I just wanted to have enough storage space, but not over the top for us to stuff random bits and pieces in.
To create an open, airy feel, I chose white glossy doors. I’m hoping that the glossiness will also give a modern feel to the kitchen.
In contrast to the white glossy cupboards, I chose a dark brown laminate worktop. IKEA sells wooden worktops but those need to be oiled every so often and I can’t be bothered to.
To inject a little fun in the kitchen, I chose some red and grey open shelves that will be placed above the small eating area.
We had initially planned to get our stove and oven elsewhere as I didn’t come across very positive reviews of IKEA’s electrical products. Whirlpool manufactures the lower range and I’ve heard some negative reviews in the UK and Australia about their after-sales service. However, the middle-upper range products are actually covered by AEG, which in my opinion is a more reputable make. So we got an integrated induction hob and oven together with the kitchen.