This is partly down to personal taste, but also the practicalities of the design of your home. If you have a super-modern home, an old and rustic country kitchen might not lend itself too well. Likewise, if you have a cosy cottage with uneven walls and floors, a modern kitchen with sharp, clean lines might look rather odd.
Of course, there are no rules when it comes to the design of your kitchen – other than the practicalities which must be considered such as plumbing or the placement of windows and doors. However, most people would try to marry their kitchen with the design of the rest of their home.
Bespoke Kitchen DesignsOne of the best ways to ensure that your kitchen perfectly matches the rest of your house is by getting a bespoke kitchen. By working with a specialist kitchen designer, you can go through exactly what you do and don’t want and then they can use their skills to create the kitchen of your dreams for you.
Getting a bespoke kitchen means that you can incorporate elements that you have in the rest of your house into your kitchen – whether it is overall style, colour, or general ambience.
Kitchen DesignsWhen it comes to designing modern kitchens, there are a number of different styles that designs can be based on. These can usually fit in with the rest of the style of a home, depending on what you like:
ModernA modern kitchen would especially suit more modern properties. It would usually be sleek and glossy, with hidden handles and a minimalist look. The rest of your home would usually be similar – clutterless, with integrated appliances, isolated lighting, clean and almost clinical looking. A modern kitchen suits both large, open-plan spaces, as well as smaller kitchen spaces.
TraditionalA typical traditional kitchen is usually more classic and homely. There is a lot of use of natural materials like stone or wood, a large oven, and appliances that are hidden behind traditional looking cabinets. A ‘traditional’ house would be anything from a cosy country cottage to an older London townhouse. A traditional kitchen is suited best to larger rooms, where the kitchen can really be the ‘heart of the home’.
ShakerA shaker kitchen in placed somewhere between a modern and a traditional kitchen. It celebrates simplicity and honesty as well as being contemporary and can suit any kind of house. A shaker kitchen is all about being functional for you and incorporating elements of your own style in a way that works for you.
TransitionalA transitional kitchen would take elements of a modern kitchen as well as a traditional one. If you live in an older house but have more modern touches – or the opposite – a transitional kitchen is likely to be a good fit for your home.
A transitional kitchen would typically include the use of natural materials teamed with high gloss finishes, the clean minimalist lines with not such as minimalist look, and a few nicely-placed objects.
A transitional home would have a modern style, with some traditional touches.
CabinetsIt is becoming increasingly common for people to use the same cabinets throughout their homes – especially if they are having them made in a bespoke way. This is a great way to continue a theme through the house without having every room exactly the same.
Using the same cabinet style throughout the home can work out to be more cost-effective in the long run as it would require only one designer as well as allowing those who are making it to use the same materials and the same paint. Having matching cabinets throughout your home can be a great way to tie the house together, creating a continuity of style.
It is important to remember that your home can be exactly what you want it to be. However, it is often the case that we want a degree of continuity around our homes. With some careful design, you can ensure that you get the style of your new kitchen in keeping with the rest of the house, incorporating the elements that you love and turning it into your perfect kitchen.