What do different styles of kitchen look like?

When you are looking for inspiration for a new kitchen, the sheer number of choices available can be overwhelming. What do different styles of kitchen look like, and how can you achieve that look in your own home?

What do different styles of kitchen look like?

If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty, there are hundreds of different design choices you can make for your new kitchen. However, many of these share similar traits and so it can become confusing differentiating between them.

With that in mind, we’ve gathered together the main styles that influence the most kitchen designs, giving you a simple way to pick the right one for you.

Modern kitchens

Sleek and stylish, modern kitchens offer an uncluttered and minimalistic for your kitchen. If you are looking at modern kitchens, expect to see flat cabinet doors, often without visible handles, and reflective surfaces such as marble, glass, and stainless steel.

They will typically have a lot of storage that isn’t always obvious. This is because modern kitchens are designed to keep things tidied away and off worksurfaces.

In terms of decorative elements, they avoid ornaments and unnecessary clutter – so everything usually has a place to be put away, including small appliances and cooking utensils.

Key elements:

  • Minimalistic
  • Clear worksurfaces
  • Lots of hidden storage
  • Sharp lines

Country-style kitchens

Countryside, or Traditional, kitchens will incorporate more natural elements into their design, as well as soft colours and furnishings. The focus of a country kitchen is about making it the heart of the home, and so focus goes on cooking, and family elements, such as having seating available.

Worksurfaces are typically made of wood or stone and there will be visible cooking items on display, including appliances, utensils, and ingredients. Choosing the right worktop to match your look is important, so think about how it will look as well as the best functionality.

One very common feature of a country kitchen is a tiled or stone floor, giving the impression that the kitchen and the outdoors are more connected with this style.

Key elements:

  • Soft furnishings (curtains, tea towels)
  • Visible cooking equipment
  • Items on display
  • Natural colours and woods

Industrial kitchens

To truly create an industrial look for your kitchen, you need to focus on a combination of strength and style. Exposed brickwork, bare bulbs, and old-fashioned pipes in full view are key elements to this look.

Everything is exposed in an industrial kitchen so visitors can see the inner workings. You’ll also find a lot of metal, such as copper and brass, as well as natural stone and wood. A lack of polish is essential, so the stone is rough, glass is unpolished, and wood looks untreated.

You may also opt for old-fashioned elements such as rustic sinks, vintage lamps, and retro appliances in order to bring the look together.

Key elements:

  • Stripped back materials
  • Stone or brick
  • Copper or brass
  • Bare lighting

Scandinavian kitchens

When you think of Scandinavia, you are likely to think of snow, forests, and cool, crisp air. When bringing those features into your kitchen design, you should be thinking about bringing in as many natural elements as possible.

Scandinavian kitchens are typically light in colour, such as cream and white, with touches of natural wood for worksurfaces and tables to break it up. You’ll usually find plants and ingredients visible in the kitchen, with fruit bowls, jars of cereals, and coffee cups taking centre stage.

Ther will be more visible clutter than a modern style kitchen, but less than a country-style one. It’s more about functionality – if it serves a daily purpose, it is likely to be out on display.

Key elements:

  • Bright and airy
  • Light colours
  • Natural light
  • Natural wood

Mediterranean kitchens

Brighter and bolder than most styles of kitchen, the Mediterranean design is for those who like bold colours and flavours. The Mediterranean aesthetic is all about food and family, so a focus on dining and entertaining is key.

A large dining table or kitchen island is popular, as well as plenty of worksurfaces for prep and cooking. Commonly used materials are rustic in style – so wood, stone, ceramics, and tiles are popular choices.

You’ll also find patterns incorporated into the designs, with splashback tiling often including designs and colours to bring a touch of colour and individuality to the look. Floral patterns, woven fabrics, and terracotta colours are also great choices for a Mediterranean kitchen design.

Key elements:

  • Food and family-focused
  • Lots of colour
  • Ceramics and tiles
  • Lots of storage

Eclectic kitchen

To truly master the eclectic style of kitchen, you must be able to let go of preconceptions and embrace the unique. They often feature a blend of different styles; so country meets industrial, for example.

Eclectic kitchens are bold and bright, with strong colours, patterns, and distinctive features taking the main focus. Many of these types of kitchens have one big focal feature, such as an unusual table, dramatic lighting, or a contrasting colour scheme.

You have to be brave to go for an eclectic style – there are no half-measures. But if you do it right, it can be one of the most memorable styles of kitchen available.

Key elements:

  • Bold colours
  • Asymmetrical
  • Blended styles
  • Unique features

If you would like help choosing your new kitchen, contact Handsons Interiors and speak to one of our expert team.

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