How to choose the right kitchen
How to choose the right kitchen style
With a wide range of kitchen styles to choose from, how do you find the right one for your needs?
The kitchen is the hub of any home, a place where you cook and eat, entertain, gather to chat, and even to work. But whether it’s large or small, getting the style right is all-important – a new kitchen is a big investment and involves a lot of disruption, so it has to stand the test of time.
It used to be that you matched your kitchen to the style of your house – rustic, country styles for cottages, for instance, and shiny, modern designs for new builds – but cherry-picking the best from both modern and traditional can give you a kitchen that is timeless yet practical.
Modern kitchens are usually simple and sleek. Think frameless cabinets, no mouldings on doors or twiddly bits on cupboard ends, and an emphasis on the materials used for construction: granite or concrete worktops, say, cupboard doors without handles, stainless steel appliances, glass splashbacks and finishes ranging from matt to shiny.
Traditional kitchens are defined by their detail and are usually – not always – made of wood. Think of cut-in grooves or raised lines on cabinets, decorative mouldings and corbels on wooden doors, ‘antique’ finishes, wooden work surfaces, decorative wall tiles and Belfast sinks.
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