So you’re looking for a new kitchen and have everything sorted: the layout, lighting, plumbing and appliances are all decided on. But one question remains…
Which kitchen style is it you want? Are you someone who prefers a classic look? Or is as sleek as possible your main goal?
There’s a lot of choice out there and many renovators find themselves pondering what the right decision would be. But it can often be easier to start with figuring out what you absolutely do not want – it eliminates a whole lot of options that could otherwise be distracting.
But to pick your kitchen style you also have to know what’s out there. While we can’t list every single design detail, we can generally group cabinetry in four distinct categories of looks.
Then, it’s just about honing in on specific elements you like, choosing a colour, and all the really fun aspects.
So, shall we look at a few ideas?
What’s your kitchen style?
1: Industrial design
Functional and easy to live with, this style features hard-wearing surfaces, exposed light bulbs and other fittings, and plenty of raw materials.
You’ll find reclaimed wood, concrete, stainless steel and bare brick, which makes it interesting to look at and opens a number of design doors. Whether you like it classy and high end or prefer a rougher look, this kitchen style is versatile and easy to personalise.
The cabinetry is likely to be sleek and with a minimal look that ages without dating.
Wondering about the key elements? Start by considering a visible extractor hood – there are many beautiful statement designs – and also think about having exposed pipes or metallic elements such as copper pendants. Concrete flooring is eternally popular, too, and often seen for this look.
2: Smart traditional
Whether you live in a period home or a modern new-build, this sophisticated look works in any property. Plus, it won’t date, which means it’ll bring you joy for years to come.
The key is to opt for wooden Shaker-style cabinetry, often with floor-to-ceiling units. These designs are normally painted by hand, and while it might be tempting to choose a neutral shade to be safe, I say you should rethink that.
Dark hues create a sense of luxury, and you usually have the option to repaint your cabinetry – so why not be bold? Make the scheme yours.
To create a truly traditional kitchen style, complement your units with open shelving and a few glass-fronted cabinets. This kind of display space is great for adding personality and allows you to show off prized possessions, colourful cookbooks, or your favourite crockery.
Of course, we can’t forget an all-important island or peninsula – they’re one of the key elements that make this design stand out.
And for the finishing touches, it’s all about the little details. Choose antique gold, brushed silver, or hammered copper or brass handles over gleaming chrome, and apply similar care to your light fittings.
Glass pendants work very well, too. For the flooring, stone is great, while period furniture ensures every element is in keeping with this scheme’s grand appearance.
What’s your kitchen style?
3: Simply Scandi
Often revered for their unfussy but stylish appearance, Nordic interiors also boast plenty of comfort. The calming combination of clean lines and natural materials makes for sleek schemes, with textures and materials adding interest.
Choose blonde or light woods (think limed oak or ash) with flat-fronted, handless cabinetry and a symmetrical layout. Pair them with minimalist worktops that free of clutter – so plan in plenty of storage, such as pantry cupboards, roomy pan drawers and good in-unit organisation.
Of course, with this kitchen style we can’t forget the colour palette. In addition to light woods, you’ll typically find white and pale hues. Ever wondered why? The winters are long and dark up north, and those shades are a way to combat the reduced amounts of daylight in many parts of Scandinavia.
However, if you’re looking for a way to flex your creative muscle a bit more, then this kitchen style is the one for you. To create this look, you’ll mix colour, pattern and materials to create a blend that’s uniquely you.
This look takes its cues from classic kitchens and moves it into the here and now, so there are no limits. Pair slim Shaker-style cabinetry in bright hues with strikingly veined marble worktops, for example. You might prefer geometric tiles and out-there lighting – or simply mix all of them.
Highlight architectural details, such as high ceilings or large windows, and add personality with wall tiles and flooring.
For colours, the world is your oyster – so you can keep it neutral, adding interest with statement fittings and plenty of texture, or opt for bold cabinetry with an island in your favourite shade.
Featured image: Circle Wood tiles, from £43.50 per sq m, RAK Ceramics.
So, which kitchen style will you choose?
It’s entirely up to you, but if you’d like to choose your perfect style of kitchen units, we can help you out here.