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Hans’ dream kitchen part 1: Planning

01 March 2017

Every kitchen starts with a dream—even the kitchen of an interior stylist. Follow our four-part series from planning to personalising and see what we learn from creating interior stylist Hans Blomquist’s dream kitchen. In part 1, let’s see how his inspirations and needs guide his choices.

A straight-line kitchen with a row of base cabinets with ash fronts against a grey, concrete looking wall
An interior stylist sitting at a table, flipping through magazines and sketching inspiration for his dream kitchen

Hans has worked as an interior stylist for more than eight years. Before becoming a stylist, he worked with IKEA for many years, including as an art director on projects like the catalogue. When our IDEAS team asked him to work with us on a kitchen, he jumped at the chance. He and his partner recently redid their Parisian kitchen, so he learned a thing or two! 

A moodboard with colours, materials and objects to show the inspiration for a stylist’s modern rustic dream kitchen, tips to plan a kitchen
“I was inspired by a modern wood-on-wood kitchen. But I also like a more relaxed, simple Shaker style that feels rustic. Why choose?” He wanted natural elements like wood, plants and linens mixed with sleek, straight lines and industrial-ish textures like concrete. Greys and blacks can be moody, but a front with a blonde ash effect will keep the room from being too dark. His dream is drawers, because he likes to easily reach everything he has. And he’d fill his storage with glass jars because food is beautiful as it is!

“All my ideas start with sketching, otherwise I don’t have any ideas! It helps to gather and look at pretty pictures.”

Hans, stylist and sketching pro

Different sketches and layouts of a stylist’s dream kitchen
Next, Hans considered basic layouts—straight-line, galley, L-shape and U-shape. He chose a straight-line kitchen and opted not to add an island. Why? He wanted to leave room for non-culinary passions like a separate planting area and a dining table he could also use for work. He also chose not to maximise his space with wall cabinets. “I didn’t want to disturb the walls, because the colour and texture will add depth and movement. I don’t have lots of kitchen gadgets either, so tons of storage isn’t a must.”

“Of course a dream kitchen should be uniquely you, but remember friends and family can provide valuable input, too.”

Hans, stylist and realist

An interior stylist using an online IKEA kitchen planner
Then Hans carefully measured his kitchen and noted every detail like distances to windows and doors, locations of utilities, dimensions of appliances, etc. He put the info into our online planner, started with what he knew—where fixtures like his sink, oven and fridge needed to go—and worked around those, trying different designs. The planner gave him good-to-knows like ideal distances between the worktop and the hob. A kitchen expert at the store reviewed his plan to ensure he thought of everything.
Dreaming about a kitchen? Get inspired by our kitchen gallery. Learn more about measuring and how to plan with our Kitchen Buying Guide (PDF). Start designing with our kitchen planners. And you can do it yourself, but you don’t have to! Check out our services—from measuring to installing—to help you along the way. 

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.



Interior designer: Hans Blomquist
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Writer: Marissa Frayer