A well-designed kitchen is both pleasing to the eye and functional, with an intuitive positioning of surfaces, features and appliances. It is also important that your new kitchen says something about you: what your tastes are and how you use your kitchen. Here is a brief overview of the different styles of kitchen design and some suggestions for both modern and traditional kitchens.
Kitchen design styles
Depending on size and available space, there are various possibilities for the design and shape of your new kitchen. Here are a few examples of the most common types:
Open plan kitchen
If you’re looking for something unique, and you don’t want to be tied down by the standard designs of fitted kitchen units, having an open plan design could really make the kitchen a central feature of your home. The best thing about open plan kitchens is that they are very flexible and can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.
Ultra cool or rustic charm?
In terms of aesthetics, tastes in kitchen design tend to fall into two distinct camps: modern and traditional. Depending on the rest of your home, the kind of kitchen you need, and your own personal tastes, there are a lot of possibilities within these two types.
Modern kitchen designs
Having a kitchen with a modern design doesn’t mean that it has to look soulless and unwelcoming. In fact, many contemporary kitchen designs feature bright colours and a variety of textures. Some typical features of a modern style kitchen are a splashback or tiles, colourful tiles on the floor and brightly coloured cupboards and shelving.
Traditional kitchen designs
The Shaker kitchen style is enduringly popular, which is no surprise: its attractive design and logical functionality make it timeless. Another much-loved feature of traditional kitchen design is the ‘island’ concept, reminiscent of country kitchens of days gone by. Wooden cabinets help to give a kitchen a certain rustic appeal, as does stone flooring, either real or vinyl tiles.