5 design ideas for a stylish kitchen
From industrial inspired designs to warm, cosy farmhouse-style rooms, here are some great ideas to really help you make the most of your kitchen.
Refurbing your kitchen can make a real difference to your home, and even increase its value. However, when it comes to kitchens, there is so much choice out there that it can be difficult to know where to start.
We asked a designer of fitted kitchens in Essex to talk us through some key style ideas that could inspire your new kitchen design.
For a kitchen that is unique and stylish, take some inspiration from around the world. Painted grey floors are really popular in Holland and by incorporating little touches such as Delft tiles and antique bronze accessories, you can create a charming, Dutch-inspired space. If you prefer a kitchen with a clean, uncluttered appearance, opt for simple Scandinavian style with blonde wood and light colours. Spanish or South American-inspired kitchens also work really well, especially if you like your kitchens with a bit of colour and character. Get the look with terracotta flooring, colour-washed walls, hand painted tiles and eclectic accessories.
Rustic farmhouse-style kitchens, when done well, can be really cosy and welcoming. And the look is pretty easy to achieve. Oak wooden floors feel more luxurious than floor tiles and, when paired with pale or pastel cabinets and an aga stove, give a true country kitchen vibe. To enhance the effect, echo the flooring material with a shiplap section of wall. Wooden worktops also work well in this style kitchen. They take a bit of effort to maintain but, when paired with simple décor, they look great.
Industrial decorating trends are growing in popularity and are a great way to achieve a thoroughly modern and very striking kitchen. For this look we’re talking about kitting out your kitchen with sturdy, industrial materials such as concrete, raw steel and salvaged wood, paired with a colour scheme centred around greys, whites and blues. If this seems a bit too cold, add warmth with metal appliances and accessories in shades of gold, bronze and copper.
Clean and classic
When it comes to kitchens, you can’t go wrong with a classic contemporary design. This look is all about good lighting, neutral colours, clean lines and glossy surfaces. For a look that’s very on trend, choose grey as part of your colour scheme, and keep the room uncluttered with hidden appliances. And remember, classic doesn’t have to mean boring – use brightly coloured or warm metallic accessories and fittings to add interest to the room, or experiment with non-classic shapes such as a curved, free form kitchen island.
Good things come in small packages
Having a tiny kitchen does not mean that you have to sacrifice on style – even the smallest of rooms can look great with the right design approach. Simplicity is the key for smaller rooms, so choose a simple colour scheme, ideally in lighter colours to give the illusion of space. Kitchen cabinets can take up a lot of room so, where possible, open up the space with open shelving and, if you do have cabinets, try to incorporate hidden appliances for a spacious, streamlined finish. Don’t forget finishing touches such as glass worktops or mirrored splashbacks that reflect the light and make the room seem bigger.
When it comes to designing a kitchen, the possibilities are pretty much endless, and by thinking creatively and taking inspiration from kitchens you love, you can create the perfect kitchen for you and your home.