Be More Summer Social: Ideas for Linking the Garden to the Kitchen

Now that Summer is (allegedly) here, we wanted to share some ideas on the different ways to bring two of the most important social spaces of the home (and the season) together – the kitchen and the garden.

Almost all of the kitchens we design have access to some outdoor space in one way or another – so if you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen it’s often important to consider how you want these two areas of your home to work together.

Bring the Outside In

In this Scandi style design, full length sliding doors with a minimal frame create a glass wall effect which bring a lush and verdant colour scheme into play – in what is otherwise a very minimal and clean white space. Not only does this help bring the outdoors in, but it also lets in a huge amount of light, helped also by a glass section in the vaulted ceiling of this room.

Scandi Style kitchen with large island, dining area and glass wall looking out into the garden

Keep it Classic

In this scheme, the traditional style of the kitchen is carried on through from kitchen to garden. French doors were chosen for their classic character and simplicity, as well as allowing fuss-free, easy access into this home’s English country garden.

Classic country kitchen in white with dark hardwood floor and french doors leading out to English country garden

Take in the View

Not every kitchen we’ve worked on leads out into a garden. For this open plan kitchen, dining and living area in a penthouse apartment, the layout of the room with two sides of almost-all glass walls celebrates the panoramic views of the city to be enjoyed in all weathers. And for long hot summers in the city, sliding glass doors connect the indoor living space with the large corner balcony for al-fresco entertaining.

View from kitchen island of open plan London penthouse with dining area and media wall design


Open It Up

Grey aluminium bi-fold doors collaborate with colour scheme of this kitchen perfectly and let the homeowners open up the space completely, allowing a smooth transition from the indoor kitchen and dining space and into the garden’s own dining and BBQ area.

Dark blue black shaker kitchen design with large island and folding glass doors


Time Well Spent

As these and other examples from our kitchen portfolio show, remembering to take a moment at the design stage to consider how these two areas of the home will link together is usually time well spent. It’s something you’ll be rewarded with all year round – but especially in the summer months, when you can spill outside and let the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors melt away.