Autumn has most definitely started to make its presence felt and a new season is always a great time to look at our homes and herald the change with thoughts of new designs and plans. We can enjoy the new season with a sense of warming up, getting cosy and celebrating the new colours and designs that homewares companies bring out at this time of year. The choice for our homes is almost never-ending so how do we navigate our way through the huge array of trends and styles on offer as we move into Autumn/Winter.
It’s all about finding your style
Knowing what you like is perhaps the single most important aspect of achieving a coherent design that is yours alone. If you think of the homes you really love visiting, they reflect their owners and have a strong sense of individual style. In our kitchens the choice today is greater than ever as kitchens become the heart of the home and a living space for the whole family. Today’s kitchens are all about striking a balance between style and function and when we are looking to change, update or completely overhaul our most important room it is important to keep this in mind.
Some of us know instinctively what we love in terms of design but for others, the choice can be daunting. The likes of Pinterest, Instagram and interior design blogs means that we are only ever seconds away from thousands of stunning images to pour over. Having this inspiration at our fingertips can be bewildering so here are some ideas for the key looks that may help you to arrive at finding your perfect style.
Cool and contemporary
You will know instantly if you love all things modern. The clean lines of contemporary kitchens make for an immensely practical approach to kitchen design and if you are naturally drawn to cool colours, sleek, high-tech gadgets and modern streamlined units, this is the look for you.
Opt for sleek, high-gloss units and surfaces and keep clutter to a minimum with everything behind units to achieve a completely streamlined look. For this look to really work you need to have a great feel for detail and choose contemporary fittings throughout so that nothing jars with the overall look. It’s important that this look that carries through to your accessories so keep things like the kettle and toaster in the same style.
A cool colour palette or the stark monochrome look are perfect for this design but you can add a personal touch with a splash of colour in a modern art print or a pop of colour in a cool and contemporary rug if your kitchen is big enough.
The key design trends here are all about luxury, high-end products and appliances and effortless design to achieve a contemporary, streamlined kitchen to suit busy, family life.
Our love of the past and our sense of recapturing the simplicity of rural living are still dominant themes in kitchen design and the classic, country kitchen remains an ever-popular choice with our customers. If you are drawn to styles with an echo to the past, this is probably where your style choice lies.
The interesting thing about the modern country style is that it perfectly suits kitchens in city homes as well as more traditional rural counterparts. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘modern country’ it is, in essence, a country kitchen bought right up to date with a respect for the best in contemporary materials, high-end design, quality paint finishes and the muted colour palette made famous by Farrow and Ball. It is a style which sits perfectly in the modern home with an open-living flow, a central island for social gatherings , painted units and style essentials like cup handles, exposed hinges and in-frame cabinet doors.
Key elements of this look are a modern aesthetic, clean lines and an unfussy approach to accessories so although it nods to the past, it enjoys the best of contemporary design with high-end appliances alongside beautiful cabinetry. Flooring, lighting and colour will allow you to put your own stamp on this hugely popular design option.
This look is for those of you who really have a romantic hankering for the past in all aspects of design and decoration and is an extension of the modern country look but without a real sense of a modern aesthetic. Texture is the key element of the rustic look. Wood left unpainted is the obvious choice for kitchen cabinetry and any material that can be reclaimed, upcycled or restored which preserves the integrity and beauty of the natural grain and patina adds to the rustic feel. Combine wood with other natural materials for the floors, soft furnishings to create a layering effect which adds interest and warmth to the overall scheme.
The key design feature of this type of kitchen is to achieve the ‘unfitted look’, so opt for free-standing cabinetry, larder cupboards and lots of open shelving where you can display vintage finds and antique kichenalia.
Perhaps the single most iconic element of the rustic kitchen is a range cooker, either old and restored or a replica of the classic, iconic brands. Alongside Belfast sinks, pine settles and butchers blocks, the possibilities for fans of the rustic kitchen are endless and most definitely for those of you who enjoy collecting, celebrating the past and want a little rural haven wherever you live.