Whether you are redecorating your kitchen, or are completely starting from scratch it is important to choose a style or theme to follow. This will not only make decorating the space easier, but it will overall create a greater sense of cohesion and organisation. Without further adieu here is the ultimate kitchen style guide!
A Tuscan kitchen should be full of warmth and light. This is easily achieved through selection of warm colours and sunset like tones. Other features commonly included are touches of wooden, inclusion of stone or brickwork, detailed tile work and touches of copper. Overall the kitchen should be an inviting family friendly space, yet also convey an air of casual elegance.
This style is very in at the moment. The aim is to achieve a distressed and vintage feel. If you have a strict budget to stick to this might be perfect. Instead of going out and buying new stuff, the shabby chic look involves refurnishing, repainting and distressing. The more wear the better! Colours commonly used are off whites, weathered greys, light blues, pale yellows and pinks.
The traditional kitchen is always a classic choice. It should be timeless, yet fresh. Features include glass-fronted doors and cabinetry, a multipurpose island and sleek stone countertops. The traditional colour to choose is white or cream, with accents of black, grey or brown.
The modern kitchen can be a little tricky at times, but if done right it will truly be a masterpiece. Straight lines, sleek features, matte finishes and monochromatic colour schemes are all common features. Black tap ware is quite popular at the moment too.
The contemporary kitchen style allows you to branch out in many ways. Main idea: keep the design sleek and chic. Commonly includes wooden detailing and is generally minimalistic in design. Great to try if you have a smaller kitchen.
Key to a rustic kitchen: wood (and lots of it). This style is more bold and bulky in comparison to others. Features include wooden cabinets and and beams, stone or brick detailing and low hanging lights over the central island. Bears similarities to tuscan.
Generally has a subtle and light colour scheme. Commonly have oak floorboards, painted cabinets and patterned fabrics. Think vintage-inspired and casual features.
Stylish and utilitarian. Sleek metalwork is the main focus of this style. For example, metal pipes, bench tops, ovens, cabinets... you name it. Other features may include wood, exposed brick or sleek subway tiling as depicted above.
Things to Remember!!!
Conducting research before you start is a good way to save time and money. Pick a style that you love, but is also realistic for your budget. Remember to be practical and consider the size of your kitchen, its functionality and if the theme will suit the rest of the household. Once you've selected a style start looking for inspiration: trawl Pinterest, read magazines and visit model homes to get your imagination flowing. We hope the ultimate kitchen style guide can help you create the kitchen of your dreams!