Kitchen design ideas
When planning for a new kitchen, most of us would start with the cabinetry. These building blocks of furniture will make up the majority of your kitchen design ideas so it’s important to not only select the most suitable style for your setting but to also pick the perfect material and finish for your needs and lifestyle. Kitchens used to fall into one of two camps – classic or contemporary – but today’s designs offer so much more.
The latest trend is for a vintage effect, which uses salvaged pieces and reclaimed timbers to produce a lived-in and loved look; something more akin to the industrial eclectic style that suits so many interiors. Painted cabinetry is also an enduring style and it's one that can easily be updated as your tastes change; a good, sturdy carcass can simply be painted in situ when needed and create a whole new look without the cost and upheaval of buying something new. We love the simple sophistication of Farrow & Ball’s Clunch No 2009 Estate Eggshell for instance, which looks fabulous on a Shaker-style cupboard.
Beautifully painted elegant Shaker-style cupboard. Image courtesy of Farrow & Ball.
Buy bespoke and you can specify exactly what you need, from dedicated storage solutions for spice racks and knife drawers to tailor-made furniture that will make the most of every inch. You’ll find plenty of inspiration at online platforms such as www.pinterest.com and www.homify.co.uk - these are great resources for visual inspiration and kitchen designers will welcome your input when it comes to that all-important initial planning stage.
Whilst collating your kitchen design ideas, spend a substantial amount of time considering the kitchen worktops too. There are so many options to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start. There are natural stones such as marble, granite or limestone for a hardwearing finish that lends the kitchen a luxury look whilst coping easily with everyday wear and tear. Solid timber tops can enhance a traditional kitchen design and look great as an end-grain chopping block at the end of a multifunctional island unit. Laminate offers stone and wood lookalikes for less; a budget-friendly alternative to the real thing that has advanced enormously in terms of technology and quality.
But for all the benefits of stone, such as durability, resistance to scratches, stains, heat and cold, check out the latest in quartz worktops. These trend-setting kitchen surfaces are available in a huge choice of colours, finishes, textures and styles, and will make an instant impact in any kitchen design.
A sleek concrete countertop with contrasting timber delivers a bold focus point for this kitchen
Quartz worktops offer endless possibilities in terms of application. For larger spaces, consider a long, linear length atop a multipurpose island unit complete with waterfall edges for a wraparound look. Mix and match with contrasting colours and consider matching splashbacks and upstands for a co-ordinated look. Caesarstone’s collection of quartz countertop surfaces includes stunning Supernatural shades such as White Attica and Montblanc designs, which offer a naturally veined marble effect with all the resilience that a quality quartz worktop can offer.
While you’re considering which worktops will suit your kitchen design ideas, don’t overlook the sink and tap, too, as these hardworking elements should complement your scheme as well as provide a durable finish and looks that last. For a sleek, seamless kitchen surface, look to the latest integrated sinks that flow effortlessly from one single piece of quartz worktop.
This Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo quartz countertop benefits from an elegant integrated sink
Stainless steel sinks are hygienic and hardwearing and the latest inset models have a flush finish that creates a seamless surface. Steel can scratch easily however, so for something more maintenance-free, look to composite, acrylic and granite sinks that bring colour and personality into the kitchen. Ceramic is another option and it looks stunning as a butler or Belfast sink that will complement a classic kitchen design.
When deciding on your kitchen design ideas, choose something that suits your personality, needs and lifestyle. Consider all the things that don’t work so well in your current scheme, from storage to worktop space; from how easy it is to clean to whether you have the right appliances for your culinary needs… now you have the perfect opportunity to put those things right. After all, even the most stunning kitchen designs need to perform practically, too.
Caesarstone’s Visualizer software allows you to bring some of your initial kitchen design ideas to life. The easy to use software lets you compare and contrast colour and design combinations, and see how different materials would look in your dream kitchen.