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Contemporary kitchen design

We design and hand-make high-quality, sustainable, bespoke kitchens. We can help with everything from basic design updates to a full, custom-made kitchen renovation.

But where do you start when designing a beautiful kitchen that will deliver on both aesthetic appeal and durable functionality? The kitchen as the heart of the home, the engine room that people are inevitably drawn to, needs to deliver on practical purposes galore but also wants to be a space that’s appealing to spend time in.

Consequently, there are plenty of variables to consider when looking at kitchen design; we’ve narrowed down the fundamental aspects to help get your kitchen wish list started…

Storage solutions

Modern, slab-door, family kitchen drawersThere can be no denying that in a kitchen, storage is key.

Optimising every opportunity to keep appliances, crockery, cookware, utensils and everything else besides organised will ensure culinary chores are made easier on a daily basis. Take stock of the items you use on a daily basis and how these can be grouped to be most easily on hand. What can be stowed away for occasional use and what warrants dedicated surface space or an easily accessible concealed storage solution?

We can create custom-made integrated storage solutions to conceal appliances and keep surfaces clear and tidy in bespoke kitchens, as well as designing enclosed workspaces to hide clutter alongside multi-functional islands to maximise storage.

Configure your cabinetry

Green shaker kitchen with white Corian worktopThe flow and layout of your kitchen is imperative. Ease of movement around the space will allow all other design elements to fall into place (literally).

Here, the golden kitchen triangle can be a useful starting point – the premise being that if the sink, fridge and cooker are laid out loosely to form a triangle that this configuration allows you to perform daily tasks without obstruction.

This was a notion initially developed in the 1940s, and kitchen design has obviously moved on somewhat since its inception, so, rather than a hard-and-fast rule in contemporary kitchen design, it is often more useful to give initial focus to a layout. And is generally something that falls into place organically in any case, as plans develop.

No man is an island

Modern white and blue kitchen with oak island breakfast barA kitchen island can be a distinct style statement as well as providing an adaptable storage and workspace solution that can improve the ergonomics of a the room, keeping everything within easy reach.

However, form needs to follow function to ensure a kitchen island is used to its full potential and avoids becoming simply a dumping ground for washing up and life’s paraphernalia. An island can incorporate a variety of storage solutions – cabinetry, drawers and open shelves – to avoid excess clutter and house items that bring personality like cookbooks and precious crockery.

Careful consideration also needs to be given to the circulation area around the island to ensure it doesn’t eat up too much valuable floorspace or hinder the flow around the room.

Find a focal point

Traditional kitchen with a walnut island finished in Invisible GreeneWith plenty of elements to bring together into one cohesive scheme, a kitchen can quite quickly and easily become an overwhelming mix of textures, colours, patterns and shiny appliances that is difficult to digest.

When you have an outline of the practicalities of the space (storage and layout), take time to ascertain where you want the focus of the design scheme to be and work to complement that aspect with quieter details; this should help avoid a visually busy mishmash of items that battle one another to be the star of the space.

Light it up

Rustic kitchen with knife rack designed by Mia MarquezDon’t overlook the importance of lighting in a kitchen. A simple run of spots can suffice but more imaginative lighting options can have a transformative effect on your space,┬ámaking it look bigger, highlighting key pieces and creating the desired atmosphere.

Think about task, mood and feature lighting. Effective task lighting is needed in the hardworking areas where food is prepared and cooked and dishes are washed up. Mood lighting can help set the tone for kitchens incorporating dining areas where the full glare of task lighting would be too much, and feature lighting can be used to introduce character and help draw the eye to the focal point of the room.

Adopting a layered approach to lighting will not just set the mood to your kitchen but also serve to bring interest and depth to the room.

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