ere comes the summer…. with the kitchen being the place we spend most of our time, when planning your kitchen don’t forget to maximise on any great views you may have, and ensure you plan its design so in better weather you can optimise outdoor dining space by simply sliding open the doors and spilling outside….

Having a light-filled kitchen is good for the soul. Not only will you want to spend every waking minute in there, you’ll feel more alive and positive as the effects of the sunlight work their magic.

To take full advantage of any outside areas, you need to think about just how you will use the space in your kitchen. The simplest idea is to consider the orientaion of the cabinetry and especially the island (if you’ve room for one), and angle it so you’re looking out onto the garden while cooking. Or maybe you can install larger windows? They will make all the difference particularly if they’re south facing, as light will stream in.

We’re restricted in the UK to really only using our outdoor space in the summer months, so it’s important to ensure you still get that uplifting feeling of being in the garden, even when you’re not. Installing bi-fold doors, an extension with roof lights or (if budget allows) adding a conservatory with under floor heating, UV glass and blinds so it’s usable throughout the year are also worth considering.

Throw open the bi-fold doors and let the sun shine in.This shaker style kitchen features polished concrete worktops and is hand-painted. The kitchens neutral tones allow the colours in the garden to really stand out.

Floor-to-ceiling windows that give an almost uninterrupted view of the garden are the ideal addition to this au naturel kitchen made of wood. It features a coloured glass door panel and natural wood tones that don’t distract from the amazing view.

Bi-folding doors open to connect this shaker kitchen directlty to the garden. The kitchen is painted in a soft pale green, which mimics natural tones from the outside.

Bright colours are not only optimistic and uplifting, they also help a room feel light and roomy. The soft tone of the pale blue cabinetry means it sits harmoniously witht the mellow yellow walls helping focus attention on the vibrant natural colours of the garden.

Glass doors slide open to connect this kitchen to the roof terrace creating a large indoor-outdoor space. Rustic gret floor tiles unite the areas.