Deciding it’s time to renovate your kitchen is an easy step to take, but next comes deciding which style of kitchen you want to include in your home, and this step is much more challenging. Choosing your kitchen style requires a heavy dose of inspiration and trusted guidance from the experts.
Pulling inspiration from popular kitchen designs is a great way to discover your style. By exploring tried and tested layouts, you’ll be able to start piecing together which features, colour schemes and finishes speak to you the most.
The key to ending up with a new kitchen that you will love now and into the future is ensuring you consider your taste, your current and future needs, and the style to fit into your lifestyle and the rest of your home. It’s a balance that can be hard to find, that’s why we have put together some of your favourite kitchen styles and how you can recreate them in your home.
Contemporary / Urban kitchen
Contemporary kitchens by their definition refer to the style that is most sought after right now. In 2021, we can call streamlined and sleek kitchens ‘Contemporary’. These designs are expertly coordinated and foster an effortless kitchen experience, they are as much about form as they are about functionality. If your idea of a beautiful interior space includes clean lines, refined materials and a touch of modernism, Contemporary is the route for you.
To elevate the sense of modernism, incorporate a single point of uniqueness and focus on replicating it throughout various aspects of the design. For example, if you pick black cabinets, make sure your chairs, lamps and shelving are chosen to match. By keeping the overall aesthetic committed to a single point of difference, the kitchen will remain elegant and refined while achieving a uniqueness that qualifies it as contemporary.
Emulating a Hamptons home is a great way to create a kitchen that marries traditional design with modern features. The style originates from homes in The Hamptons in Long Island, New York, but has since evolved to represent relaxed, coastal-style design that makes use of natural materials, classic shapes and plenty of natural light.
Hallmarks of a Hamptons-style kitchen include detailed white cabinetry, a large island bench and white crockery on shelves. For a hint of vintage, try glass-fronted cabinetry and a tiled splashback. To complete your kitchen in true Hamptons style, include some elements of coastal deco.
To create a real Scandinavian kitchen, a good amount of natural timber, suggestive of solid craftsmanship, is mandatory. Wooden floors, wooden cabinetry, wooden benchtops and even wooden spoons – there is no limit. Coupled with white walls and charmingly simple decor, the sense of warmth and cosiness should be positively engulfing.
Scandi-style kitchens are perfect if your priority is creating enough space for your family to cook, eat, work and have quality family time. The use of natural materials will mean that enlarging the space will never have an overwhelming or overly dominant aesthetic effect – it will only improve with size. The more floorboards, tables, benches and chairs for accommodating your family, the better!
Finally, there is the traditional kitchen. Some designs are timeless and never go out of fashion, so if that’s what you feel most comfortable with, a kitchen that doesn’t stray too far from traditional is a great choice. Examples of the types of qualities that create a traditional kitchen are beautiful handles, soft-closing cabinets and material contrasts between the flooring, cabinetry and benchtops.
With these more traditional looks, creating a sense of long-lasting quality is easy. Simply ensure your space is expertly crafted using only the highest quality materials.
Whichever direction you choose, make sure it feels like you. Have a think about how you and your family use your kitchen on a daily basis and determine what style is suited to your lifestyle and your personal taste.
Whether you’re still unsure about which style is right for you or your mind is made up and you’re ready to take the leap, now is the perfect time to have a chat with one of our experts at smarter BATHROOMS +. To begin your renovation journey, give us a call today on 1300 662 838 to book your FREE In-Home Consultation to discuss your kitchen renovation with an interior designer in your home.