A lot goes on in your kitchen, so they have to be practical and functional – but that’s not the only thing that matters! You spend a lot of time here, so it should be a space that you’re proud of, that matches your personality as well as your needs.
So, what’s your perfect kitchen design? There are several main kitchen styles to choose from when you’re starting to plan – from traditional to modern, to match any taste.
For a traditional kitchen with a sense of elegance, consider white painted wood cabinets contrasted with a dark hardwood floor. Glass inserts in the cabinet doors will elevate the look and bring extra light into the space, as well as providing an opportunity to showcase some beautiful crockery or glassware!
Alternatively, you can add a kitschy, shabby chic feel to a traditional farmhouse kitchen. A stone floor and cream or pastel coloured cabinets are a fantastic start, and from here you can accessorise with open shelving, patterned textiles and vintage accessories. An Aga cooker is a bonus!
Modern kitchens embrace the use of the kitchen as a social space, so open-plan layouts and functional layouts are common. You should plan your kitchen in zones to allow areas for socialising that don’t interfere with cooking, and you could consider a kitchen island or breakfast bar for dining.
In terms of colour schemes, simple monochrome is a popular modern kitchen choice. White brightens a space, so lead with white as the dominant colour and add black accents. Alternatively, statement tiles are gaining popularity as a way to jazz up a modern kitchen floor!
Shaker style kitchens tread the line between modern and traditional, so there are so many routes you can take with your shaker kitchen design. While shaker kitchens are traditionally made up of freestanding units, many modern kitchens are fitted for ease. But you can still add freestanding elements such as kitchen islands and individual shelving units to get that classic shaker feel.
Real wood is an essential in the shaker style, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be customised. Shakers often coloured their furniture by painting or staining, but neutral tones of cream, grey, blue or green are most in keeping with the style.
Handleless kitchens are best suited to modern kitchens, which embrace minimalist, streamlined design. If you’re accentuating the clean lines of your kitchen layout, handleless units fit well into this and can help create a sense of flow through the space.
Handleless kitchens come in a range of colours, materials and finishes, to fit any modern kitchen style.