The kitchen is the main gathering place and the central hub of any home. Its primary use of cooking and eating has surpassed that basic function and it is now where the majority of us do all our socialising and family interaction, with it often being the most used room in the home.
After the initial excitement of deciding that a new kitchen is what you require, you will start to think of the various different styles out there and may feel slightly daunted by the choices.
How to choose a kitchen style may pose a multitude of options. You may want to keep in line with your current home and consider a style that complements the rest of your house, or you may choose this particular room to contrast your current surroundings. Either way, the initial planning stage needs to be thought through to understand the different elements and styles available to enhance your home.
The Traditional Kitchen
Despite the rise in contemporary and farmhouse designs, traditional kitchens are still among the most popular kitchen styles. Their basic colour palette and grand design scheme create a beautiful space that will never go out of style. For a country-style traditional kitchen, choose painted wooden cabinets, in shades of cream and green, matched with wooden worktops in oak and timber for a classic look and remember that a traditional kitchen doesn’t need to go without the latest amenities and appliances. Combining the charm and appeal of farmhouse and country kitchens but with the latest technologies and appliances, traditional style kitchens offer the best of both worlds. A bespoke mantle, a stunning Belfast sink and a built in pantry will bring this look together with a practical solution.
The Modern Kitchen
Modern design started around World War I and generally featured flat surfaces, geometric forms, and little or no ornamentation or adornments. Modern kitchen cabinets, for example, are often defined by a sleek, angular and simple design, featuring little or no hardware, flush doors and flat surfaces. Matt finished doors in warms tones with copper rails suit this style perfectly and with their minimalist cabinetry, neutral colour palette’s, and metallic accents, these contemporary kitchens have a subtle elegance that will stay on trend. Contemporary spaces offer a sleek design so your kitchen will never go out of style, but don’t think that means it will be cold or sterile. Modern design encourages flashes of colour, trendy stools, and funky light fixtures that add warmth and feel when choosing your kitchen style.
The Classic Kitchen
Classic kitchen designs are incredibly flexible and simple. Timeless features, minor details and neutral colour palette’s ensure a look that’s neither too ornate nor too impersonal and can still suit a wide variety of tastes, styles and budgets. If you’re looking for a realistic style kitchen that will work with your personal style and your family’s needs, then a classic kitchen could be the right style for you. Classic kitchens are a very popular style because they don’t date or take into account fads and trends. The simple design enhanced with traditional details makes for the perfect canvas to add your personal style and to easily change up the design on a whim. Classic kitchens stick to a neutral colour palette normally, which consists of deeper whites, creams, beiges and lighter browns. Sharp contrasts are not typical for classic design schemes, because the popular contrasting colours tend to change with the season.
The Urban Kitchen
Industrial style is inspired by the loft design of the 1960s that originated as a reconstruction of unused industrial buildings, especially in New York. Urban kitchen designs bring into focus the combination of functional industrial style with the softening elements of natural materials such as wood, concrete, stone and leather. If you are looking to make a statement with your kitchen interior, then choosing this kitchen style could be for you. Industrial design is one that has been consistently growing in popularity, and gives clean lines, slick edges and a smooth flow throughout. Think of a sleek and refreshing vibe, ultra cool with an explosion of openness. The kitchen in an industrial style combines the coolness of robust steel structures and frames with warm wood and stainless-steel details. A deliberately exposed construction and installation elements will support the industrial look, such as an uncovered aspirator pipe.
For further information and advice on how to choose a kitchen style and to view all of the above designs in our showroom, please contact us here or call us on 0121 351 5169 to arrange an appointment.