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How to choose your kitchen style

Original article from KBSA 'The home specialists association'

There are a multitude of decisions to be made when planning a new kitchen, with the first and most common question being should it be modern or traditional? Let the Kbsa help you with this review of how best to determine your kitchen style.

If you have done your research you will have a selection of images, collected from magazines and from the internet. The sleek and clean look of a contemporary kitchen is popular and will certainly be in the ‘like this’ collection. The lure of the uncluttered white kitchen is strong but so is the timeless appeal of a more traditional style, which will often be a classic shaker.

Gone are the days when your kitchen style was dictated by the type of home you lived in. There is no longer a need to put a rustic kitchen in your country cottage or a shiny modern design in your town house.

It is often useful if a customer does have a starting point, a colour palette, a preference for matt or gloss or even just one thing on the wish list such as open shelves or a pantry. Some of these will move you more towards a modern or a traditional design, but some will not so it pays to consider in more detail what each means.

Modern kitchens will usually have frameless cabinets, they will be sleek and smooth. They could be handleless or have a slimline handle. The furniture will be matched with a high performance solid worktop such as quartz or Corian. At the edgy designer end of the spectrum this could be an urban worktop such as concrete. Appliances will be hidden or one of the newer grey or black appliances rather than stainless steel. Cooker hoods can make a statement or be hidden away, with glass splashbacks adding colour and drama. Gloss doors are losing popularity to matt doors, especially the super matt finishes that are smoother than earlier matt finishes, making them easy to clean and hardwearing.

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Another issue to consider is longevity, customers sometimes worry that their new kitchen has to stand the test of time and this is why they opt for the ‘safe’ option of a shaker style. The reality is that shaker is probably the most well-known style and hence it feels safe. Shaker kitchens have been around for a long time and their origins come from a movement that was renowned for their simple and humble design philosophies.

It is still possible to have a shaker kitchen but many opt for a classic shaker style, that retains the traditional, simple style but with modern elements.

Today’s shaker doors are still understated and a popular option is a neutral or earthy colour palette with scope to add a splash of personality with an accent colour, on an island for example or with a complementary carcass colour seen in open shelves. They can look more contemporary when a brighter colour is selected or by matching them with modern handles, taps and worktops and adding the latest in built appliances.

The key to any decision on your kitchen design is your own particular style. You may not know what it is when you start but working with a good kitchen designer can help you find it.

You can find your nearest Kbsa retailer to start discussing your own project, by visiting the Kbsa website here. You can also browse the case studies and picture galleries to help start your research on our Inspiration pages. 


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