How to create a baker’s kitchen at home

Think your scones rival Mary Berry's? Take inspiration from these beautiful homes and create a kitchen that's perfect for baking

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With each series of The Great British Bake Off we become ever more inspired by the budding bakers.

It’s not just about what you measure into the bowl though – the best bakes come out of a kitchen you want to spend time in. So, in honour of the The Great British Bake Off (and an extra slice of cake all ’round), we have picked out five of our favourite kitchens, each of which showcases some brilliant decorating and storage ideas for the all-important mixing bowls and tins.

 

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A mix of all eras

A farmhouse-style white kitchen with blue patterned floor tiles. A collection of vintage copper pans hangs above the fireplace, alongside a painted blue armoire.
Image: Brent Darby

‘Mixing styles and eras is all about being confident and thinking, ‘Yes, this will work”, says interior designer Louise Convert. A local firm made the kitchen units in her kitchen from recycled scaffolding boards, while the vintage ladder is from AG Hendy & Co. The old copper pans have been collected from eBay and the cabinet is a vintage French piece.

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Industrial vintage

A modern-style kitchen featuring white gloss kitchen units. Four white Eames DSW chairs sit around a farmhouse-style table and a brass vintage lamp hangs overhead.
Image: Robert Sanderson/Narratives

Spencer Swaffer and his wife Freya both have an eye for the unusual. Spencer bought his first antiques aged 11: three scarab beetles that he bought for six pence and sold, along with some other archaelogical finds, for £50. The kitchen in their Georgian home, with its exposed-brick wall, has an industrial feel. Eames ‘DSW’ dining chairs are juxtaposed with a 1940s Parisian machinist’s lamp from a French flea market and an 1820s heart-shaped wine merchant’s sign, also found in France.

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Relaxed country style

A dark green AGA against exposed brickwork in a farmhouse kitchen.
Image: David Parmiter

The kitchen of this Cotswold-stone cottage dates back around 200 years. By keeping some of its original features, such as the exposed stone wall, while fitting in new cabinets (with plenty of shelves for the pans), the kitchen maintains its period feel with a fresh, clean attitude. The addition of the shelf above the stove allows for displays of personal crockery and maximizes the available space. ‘When you take a building right back and start again, everything about it is yours,’ says the owner, Sam Wilson.

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Renovated pieces

A display of brown pottery and food storage jars in an old-fashioned kitchen. An overflowing vase of gypsophila is in the foreground.
Image: Jan Baldwin

‘You can’t go far wrong if you keep Tuscany in mind,’ says Sheila Wallace, arranging sweetpeas in the kitchen of her Regency seaside home near Whitstable. Around her, sunlight floods in creating haloes around the antique copper saucepans, 19th-century continental chairs and whitewashed fittings. The Victorian storage jars on the kitchen shelves have been bought from various fairs and antiques shops over the years. The cow overlooking the over-sized butter dish was bought from dealer Tina Pasco.

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Salvaged finds

Reclaimed vintage church pews are used as dining room benches in Drew Pritchard's home.
Images: Grant Scott
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Although not strictly a kitchen, we can’t help but imagine how good the church pew dining set up in Salvage Hunter Drew Pritchard’s home would look laden with baked goods! Drew has been familiar with church interiors for a long time – he started out apprenticed to a stained-glass restorer. His collection of ecclesiastical pieces includes crosses, statues, pews, an altar and a lot of kneelers. ‘I own so many kneelers I hardly know what to do with them. When the kids were small, they would use them to climb up the dining table,’ he laughs.