Kitchen Style Ideas
Your kitchen is the heart of the home. Its use has completely changed in recent decades. Once a place used simply for preparing and cooking meals, it is now one of the most popular rooms in the home, doubling up as a study, a space for entertaining, or even a place to work. The kitchen is now one of the most loved spaces in the home, becoming an extension of the living room. To meet the increasing demand for kitchens that serve multiple purposes, kitchen design is evolving. It is much more than creating a space for cooking, it needs to have seating areas, islands and be more aesthetically pleasing as an extension of the rest of the home.
There are many different kitchen styles to choose from, but they aren’t all right for your home. You will need to choose one that reflects the uniqueness of your home, your needs and your own style preferences. Here are just a few of the kitchen styles that you can choose from:
Style Choice 1: Contemporary
What springs to mind when you say contemporary for a kitchen? This style, also known as a modern kitchen, maybe about simplicity, handle-free cabinets and sleek lines. The modern kitchen is a popular choice because it’s always a good idea to stay away from intricate designs or designs that can quickly look dated. Designed for maximum usability, the contemporary kitchen has places for everything and adaptable space with bare surfaces, and clean looking cabinets, fixtures and fittings.
Style Choice 2: Country
Also known as a farmhouse kitchen, this style will include lots of wooden elements from rustic wood, large farmhouse tables or islands and a combination of fixtures and fittings to give it a homely feel. Within this kitchen style, colours such as bright yellows and blues through to red, creams and soft yellows. To get the best out of a country kitchen you have to mix different colours rather than matching them.
Style Choice 3: Minimal
The kitchen for the minimalist is perfect if you like a clear, workable space with minimal clutter and creative design to make the best use of the available space. In the minimalist kitchen, less is definitely more. While this style will include everything you need, it will not have unnecessary features or appliances that can detract from the minimalist feel. Countertops and base units will feature solid panels to make the best use of the available space. Use colour sparingly.
Style Choice 4: Rustic
What springs to mind when you think of the word ‘rustic’? This kitchen style will use lots of wood and natural materials, particularly those that create a warm appearance while providing a striking aesthetic. Rustic kitchens often feature exposed ceiling beams, hardwood floors and wooden furniture and countertops. Similar to the farmhouse kitchen, this style needs to be an inviting and warm space, perfect for the whole family. In a rustic kitchen, you may also find exposed bricks and stones as well as vintage cooking appliances such as an aga or even an old or restored fireplace.
Style Choice 5: Scandinavian
The Scandinavian kitchen is a close relation of the minimalist style, but Scandinavian takes it a step further with organic shapes, clean lines and natural materials. A Scandinavian kitchen will be very functional and practical, with a fresh, clean appearance. In terms of colour, white is widely used in the colour palette as this allows light to flood in and bounce off the walls, creating a light, bright and airy space.
Whether you are transforming an existing room or installing a new kitchen in an extension, don’t forget to consider things such as fixtures, fittings and furniture:
Doors Vs Drawers
It’s always better to choose drawers over doors in a kitchen. This can save a lot of space and gives you better use of your kitchen. Drawers allow easy access, unlike cabinets where tins, packets and appliances get pushed to the back, forgotten about or difficult to access. With a drawer, everything is in sight and easy access making cooking much easier.
Within the kitchen, sometimes there just isn’t space for a table. A well-designed breakfast bar can double up as both a usable work surface and a place for studying, reading or entertaining. A breakfast bar can also house appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers underneath or cabinets to store away pots, pans and other kitchen items.
Never underestimate the power of a floating shelf. It’s a great use of otherwise unused wall space. Store items here that you don’t use on a daily basis such as cake stands, canned products, cooking utensils and other equipment. It can also serve as an excellent decorative feature for your kitchen, holding cookbooks or even clear jars.
Do you know the potential of using the back of your cabinet doors for storage space? Install a command hook, magnet or door rack where you can store chopping boards, towels, spices and so much more.
With the range of options that are available today and with a creative insight from your designer you can create completely customised spaces that you can really make your own. That way you will get the best use of your storage and design options while also building a functional, practical space that can be used by the whole family.
If you are looking to transform your kitchen space, we may be able to help. We have been working with clients to refresh, renew and improve all kinds of kitchens and spaces for many years and we would be delighted to work on yours. To find out more about how we can help, to talk through your ideas or even book in a free kitchen quote, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable team.