Contemporary kitchens are the epitome of a sleek, minimalist environment that is understated as well as attention grabbing. The layout and cabinetry is simple and uncluttered with clean lines. Every item has a function and purpose, there is no unnecessary decoration. The colour scheme is toned down and often monochromatic. This style of kitchen feels spacious yet streamlined in its use of design. Contemporary can be applied to kitchen design by representing what is “in the now”, and this can be used in many ways. This creates a space that is low maintenance, and having little detailing places greater emphasis on the materials and form.
Country Style represents a farmhouse –like design, and suits kitchen areas perfectly as a place in the home that is functional, sociable warm and inviting, generally the center of activity in the home. Country style can be defined by rustic and organic materials, that are practical in use but also are easily teamed with more modern or traditional elements. They are also used functionally as a place for a rack for pots and pans, an otherwise unused space that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing, adding to the rustic and enchanting design. Country style kitchens have a fun colour palette, leaning towards pastels and bright colours, creating a fresh charm that does not detract from the overall space. The above kitchen has a rustic quality mixed with a neutral colour palette. The cabinetry, vintage draw pulls and wall rack play homage to traditional country style kitchens and opens up the room. Aga’s are a traditional element to a country kitchen and have lasted the test of time being incorporated in modern kitchens today as much as ever. This rural and classic feature channels country style and can be the design statement you need in your kitchen.
Creating a space that is comfortable yet elegant can be a tricky task, especially when that space is a kitchen –yet traditional style achieves this through incorporating design elements from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The colour scheme is warm and inviting, typical of rich ambiance in traditional kitchens. Navigating the task of crafting a formal yet relaxed space is achieved by introducing plush and soft furniture, for example fabric and materials on the bar stools soften and add comfort to the kitchens. Architectural design features such as ornate moulding and trim along the cabinetry are prominent in traditional kitchen styles as well as decorative features.
Freestanding kitchens are defined by the way in which they are formed, by using single pieces of furniture to design a layout that is unique to you they are primarily differentiated by the configuration in which you place your furniture. A distinctive and individual kitchen space that can represent the owner, home, environment and character of the home. There are dazzling benefits to owning a freestanding kitchen, you can create a space that represents your individual character. Using furniture pieces designed to serve as cabinetry can be functional, but also add a tone and flexibility to your overall design. This type of kitchen suits many styles –modern, farmhouse, traditional, eclectic etc. Style and function go hand in hand, and there is a versatility that is not evident in any other kitchen type. The reputation of the kitchen being the a multi purpose space and the ‘heart of the home’ can really be utilized within this style and you are able to be far more adventurous with your design choices. It is far more focused on current trends – and as your own style and modern ideas develop, it is easy to adapt and change your kitchen space.
Ergonomics can be defined as the exploration of the relationship between individuals and their environment. Specifically within kitchen design this includes how people interact within their space and the blueprint of the products that are in use. Taking ergonomics into consideration within interiors means it is ensured that the design compliments the way in which people live, their actual needs as well as the way in which they will directly use the tools. It is essential to have a space that is physically safe to use as well as aesthetically pleasing. Kitchen design is focal in taking this into deliberation. A small space in which there is electric products, sinks and taps with water, food and drink –health and safety is a crucial aspect.
Choosing materials for the home can be an enjoyable yet stressful experience. The ideal interior will incorporate the right kind of design through materials that are practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.
A layer of sleek stainless steel in a modern yet rustic kitchen. Associated with industrial kitchens, this can also add warmth and a dose of character into a residential space. This finish is highly durable and very low-maintenance, however it can be expensive and you are limited with it only being available in one colour.
Marble has major appeal within design, can be a stunning focal point in one’s kitchen. Marble occurs when limestone metamorphoses at hot temperatures or high pressures. It is moisture resistant and its luxurious appearance adds a cool sophistication to any kitchen. However Marble can be expensive, and it must be installed by professionals and is less hardwearing than other finishes. Within kitchen use, an additional protection is needed as it can be affected by acidic substances.
Tiles – A fantastic addition to any interior, available in various shapes, sizes, designs and a vast range of colours. They are perfect for kitchen splash backs as they are hard wearing, low maintenance, durable and resistant to stains.
Mirrors – Can suit various styles of interior, from traditional to more modern kitchens. Mirrored splash backs are durable, easy to clean and very useful in smaller spaces as they reflect the light and can make the room appear larger. They are not, however, scratch resistant, and if broken would be an inconvenience to replace. They cannot be used behind gas hobs as the open flame would cause the glass to expand and cracks would form.
Wooden floors add warmth and texture to stylized interiors, and the grains and variations in wood types can add a unique touch to ones kitchen. They can work in a variety of homes, from country style to minimalist. There is a wide selection of multi toned wood for flooring, and these are available in countless patterns and finishes. Wood flooring is durable, easy to repair and it is suitable to safely have underfloor heating. As it is a natural material, a negative element of this flooring can be that it is reactive to humidity, and is not always moisture resistant.
Limestone is sedimentary rock that is made up of calcium carbonate. It has design versatility as it is available in a variety of colours and can be cut in any shape or size. It adds a wonderful warmth and texture to an interior, and creates the look and feel of a welcoming space.