Styling a Kitchen – Ideas, Tips and Advice
Whether you’re thinking about installing a new kitchen or revamping your existing one, the key to styling a kitchen that you love is to begin collecting design ideas. Everyone’s dream kitchen is one that functions perfectly, whilst remaining on trend for years to come, and achieving that dream is easy when you have the right support. To help you get inspired, our team at KitchenU have compiled their very best advice for designing a kitchen that’s functional, stylish and suited to your lifestyle.
Styling a kitchen: Ideas, tips and advice
Choose a kitchen style
Firstly, we recommend considering the style of kitchen you like. You may have heard of the popular Hamptons style kitchens. Takes inspiration from homes in this breathtakingly beautiful area near New York, a Hamptons style kitchen epitomises coastal elegance, with shaker style cabinets and large stone island benchtops in a white or light colour palette. There are numerous other popular styles of kitchens, including Country, French Provincial and Colonial. These styles are more traditional, and feature shaped doors, invoking a very ‘homey’ feel. You also have more modern kitchen styles, including Contemporary and Industrial, which feature sleek lines and polished finishes.
Consider your colour palette
The colour of your kitchen is important for many reasons. Your choice of colour can determine whether your kitchen will feel light and airy, dark and dramatic or fun and colourful! We believe the best colour palette is one that you love, not one that might be in fashion this season. We encourage our clients to have fun with their kitchen, but do remember that some colour choices can be polarising. If you plan on selling in the future, your home may appeal more to prospective buyers if your chosen colour palette is on the understated side. You can add vibrant touches to complement a neutral palette such as rose gold tapware, a patterned splashback, statement lighting or a bold feature wall.
Be practical with your design choices
When styling a kitchen, it’s important to be practical, and to carefully consider your lifestyle and needs. For example, if you love to cook and require lots of storage space, your kitchen design should incorporate large drawers for pots, pans and baking trays. Or, if you have a large family with lots of hungry mouths to feed, include a large pantry and space for a double-doored refrigerator into your design. No matter what kitchen style you choose, it’s the design or layout of your kitchen that will really impact whether you love your kitchen for years to come. Work with your designer to figure out the best choices for your home, with your individual needs in mind.
Work with size in mind
If you’ve got a small kitchen area to work with, you’ll want to make the most of the space. A clever kitchen design with the right layout can make even the smallest space workable. Our kitchen designers have over four decades of experience designing kitchens, and as experts in their field they will work with you so that you can have the features you love, without limiting your options. Because everything we make at KitchenU is made-to-measure, your cabinets can be manufactured to fit your exact specifications, which is especially useful if you’re renovating!
Choose one key feature
When it comes to styling a kitchen, less is more. Ideally, you don’t want numerous standout features competing with one another as it can make your kitchen appear cluttered. This is especially important if you have a small kitchen, as you want to give the illusion that it’s much larger than it is. Paired with neutral colours, a key design feature can be anything from marble countertops, brass fittings, or a textured splashback. By choosing just one key feature, it gives you a point to focus on without taking away from the overall design.
What to do with your kitchen ideas
There so many factors to consider when styling a kitchen, but we hope the list above helps to give you a head start. Whether you already have some design ideas in mind, or you’re completely unsure about where to start, we can help! Our friendly team of professional designers will work with you to discover the right kitchen style, design and colour palette for you, so that your new kitchen is not only beautiful, but also unique to your taste and functional for your needs.
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Looking for a professional cabinet maker? At KitchenU our team of qualified cabinet makers and experienced designers would love nothing more than to bring your ideas to life. If you’d like to discuss custom cabinetry Brisbane, call us on 07 3356 1719. Alternatively, you can contact us online to book a design consultation or to make a time to visit our showroom.