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Kitchen styles

Kitchens come in every shape, style colour, size and material. There are so many styles that we have chosen eight of the most popular to give you inspiration!

Long ago a lightning bolt hit the ground with such force that it created a fire. Man looked at this in awe and thought, ‘I have the meat, now where are the condiments?’ and the first kitchen was born – well I’m sure it was something along those lines!

Kitchens are the heart of every community

Kitchens have always been at the heart of communities and families since man first started eating – a central place where we eat, talk, drink, smile, cry and communicate.
Originally there would have been a fire with a rudimental hearth in the middle of the floor with food cooked over it. Over the years styles developed and kitchens evolved to where they are now. Below are some of the different styles of kitchen however if you are interested in finding out more about the history of kitchens then please click on the History of Kitchens link

Traditional kitchen

Traditional kitchen style is a timeless and classic design that draws inspiration from historical architectural and design elements. It often features intricate detailing, ornate and decorative accents. Common elements of a traditional kitchen include warm and rich colour schemes, wood cabinetry with raised panels, intricate hardware, and natural materials like granite or marble countertops. Traditional kitchen styles also tend to incorporate features like farmhouse sinks, decorative lighting fixtures, and crown moulding.

Elegant, charming, familiar.

Shaker kitchen

Shaker kitchen style is a classic and enduring design that originated from the Shaker religious community in the 18th century. It is known for its simplicity, functionality, and emphasis on craftsmanship. Shaker kitchens feature clean lines, minimal ornamentation, and a focus on high-quality craftsmanship and natural materials.

Typically, Shaker kitchens showcase beautifully crafted, solid wood cabinetry with recessed panels and simple, straight edges. The colour tends to be neutral and earthy, with white and natural wood tones being prominent choices. Shaker kitchens often feature open shelving, allowing for the display of functional and decorative items.

The emphasis on functionality is a priority and this style of kitchen often incorporates clever storage solutions, such as pull-out drawers, built-in spice racks and pantry organisers. The use of natural materials like wood, stone, and ceramic tiles adds to the organic and inviting feel of the space.

Elegant, practical, functional.

Modern kitchen

Modern kitchen style is characterised by sleek, clean lines, minimalist design, and emphasis on functionality. It is a popular choice for those seeking a contemporary and uncluttered look in their kitchen space.

Modern kitchens often have a minimalist approach, with clean and unadorned surfaces. Clutter is minimized, and the focus is on simplicity and functionality. Cabinets are typically streamlined using flat-panel or slab-style, with smooth surfaces and minimal hardware. They often have a glossy or matte finish and come in a variety of neutral colours.
Modern kitchens often have an open floor plan, seamlessly connecting the kitchen with the adjacent living or dining areas. This promotes a sense of spaciousness and facilitates social interaction.

Stainless steel appliances are a common choice for modern kitchens, as they blend well with clean aesthetics. Built-in appliances, such as refrigerators and ovens, are often preferred to maintain a streamlined look.

The kitchens may use innovative materials such as glass, metal or quartz and have ample lighting and bold accents.

Modern, minimalism, functionality,

Farmhouse kitchen

The Farmhouse kitchen style is a charming and cosy design that takes inspiration from traditional, rustic farmhouses. It embodies a warm and inviting atmosphere, combining vintage elements with modern functionality.

Natural materials such as wood, stone, and distressed finishes are often used, a deep apron sink, rustic carpentry with a distressed or weathered look and pastel or white for decoration.

A farmhouse kitchen usually has a large wooden rustic farmhouse table at its centre and on the shelves are decorative items such as Kilner jars, vintage signs, reclaimed wood and floral patterns.

Vintage, rustic, decorative.

Cottage kitchen

Cottage kitchen style includes warm colours and earth tones, vintage inspired cabinet, open shelving and plate racks to display dinnerware. They also have deep sinks, natural materials such as wood, stone, exposed beams, reclaimed wood and stone worktops to give a rustic, organic feel.

Floral patterns and soft lighting are often used, and cosy details are incorporated into the kitchen such as breakfast nooks. A cottage kitchen style embraces a nostalgic and comfortable aesthetic, combining rustic elements, vintage charm, and soft colours.

Traditional, cosy, inviting.

Slab kitchen

Slab kitchen style is a contemporary and minimalist design approach that showcases sleek and uninterrupted lines. It is characterised using flat-panel cabinet doors with a single, continuous slab of material, often without visible handles or embellishments.

Slab-style cabinets provide a clean and seamless appearance with their smooth, uninterrupted surfaces. This minimalist approach creates a sleek and modern look in the kitchen. Flat-panel doors that are typically made of materials like wood veneer, laminate, or high-gloss finishes. These doors have no visible frames, giving a unified and sleek appearance.

Handleless Design with cabinets and drawers featuring integrated pulls or push-to-open mechanisms. This adds to the streamlined and minimalist aesthetic. These kitchens also have very little decorative detailing and are usually in a neutral colours with smooth countertops and integrated appliances.

A slab kitchen style embodies a contemporary and minimalist design approach. It has clean lines, sleek surfaces, and a focus on functionality.

Streamlined, modern, sophisticated.

Transitional kitchen

Transitional kitchen style blends elements of both traditional and contemporary design, creating a harmonious and balanced look. It combines the warmth and familiarity of traditional design with the clean lines and simplicity of contemporary aesthetics.

A transitional kitchen often has neutral colours a blend of modern and traditional materials such as wood, glass and stainless steel, steel or glass. Shaker cabinets are popular with their clean lines as well as subtle decorative details.

Transitional design often incorporates contrasting elements to create visual interest, for example, pairing a smooth, solid-coloured countertop with textured backsplash tiles or combining light and dark tones for an appealing contrast and it uses.

Transitional kitchen style brings together the best of both traditional and contemporary design. It strikes a balance between warmth and simplicity, resulting in a versatile and timeless kitchen that appeals to a wide range of tastes.

Traditional, contemporary, transitional.

Scandinavian kitchen

Scandinavian-style kitchens are known for their simplicity, functionality, and clean aesthetic. Inspired by the Scandinavian design movement, these kitchens focus on creating a bright and airy space with a cosy and inviting atmosphere.

They are light and neutral in colour with natural materials, minimalist design and open shelving to showcase beautiful dishware, glassware, and decorative items

Cabinets can be made from light-coloured wood, such as birch or pine. The design is sleek, with flat-panel doors and minimalist hardware, maintaining a clean and streamlined look. The kitchens tend to have plenty of natural life and texture by incorporating textured tiles, woven baskets, or natural fibres in textiles like rugs or curtains.

Scandinavian-style kitchens prioritise simplicity, natural light, and functionality. They feature light colours, natural materials, minimalist design, and an overall emphasis on creating a bright and welcoming space.

Natural, funtional, minimalist.

‘If you can think it, we can build it’ style kitchen

This is the kitchen that comes from your imagination. If you can think it, we can create it for you. You may decide to take influence from the kitchens above or create your own completely unique kitchen style.


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