A guide to choosing a kitchen style to suit your home.

You are looking for a new kitchen, maybe for the first time or it could be your third time entering the market. Either way, you will no doubt be feeling a little overwhelmed by the sheer choice available to you. Which kitchen to buy? We have stripped things back a little for you and prepared this objective guide to help you make an informed decision on which style of kitchen is best for you and will fit your home.

Let’s start with a very simple decision, the look. Are you interested in having traditional, contemporary on an eclectic mix of the two? This could be influenced by your own personal taste or by the character of the property that you are planning for.

Traditional style kitchens

Image of a traditional style kitchenTraditional style kitchens are broadly speaking characterised by:

  • shaker style doors and frames
  • decorative
  • open shelving
  • feature units
  • painted finishes
  • natural woods
  • structural features
  • stone worktops
  • high ceilings or cottages

In summary – they are warm, homely and inviting.

Some of us will find this ‘too busy’ and would prefer the simplicity of a more contemporary style.

Contemporary style kitchens

Image of a contemporary style kitchen with clean linesContemporary style kitchens are broadly speaking characterised by:

  • simple clean lines
  • slab/plain fronted doors 
  • minimal
  • contrasting units
  • industrial materials
  • low maintenance
  • handle-less
  • low or high ceilings

In summary – they are functional clean and simple with the interest or drama created by complementary or contrasting colours and materials.

Some will find contemporary look to harsh and clinical on one hand with tradional styles being too fussy or busy. Why not combine the best of both to create something unique and to suit your needs. Read on >>

Eclectic 

Image of a mix of contemporary and traditional style kitchenCollective mix of both traditional and contemporary styles. 

  • classic styling with a modern twist
  • simple shaker and slab doors 
  • handle-less or with handles
  • low or high ceilings
  • perfect for open plan living spaces

Once you have decided on the overall look, it’s time to focus on the type of doors and the opening mechanisms. There are basically four main options:

Lay-on

A standard hinged door and drawer that covers the full width of the unit and is opened with a handle. Available in all materials with any style of handle.

Image of a lay-on kitchen door style
Example of an in-frame door

In-Frame

Doors and drawers open within a fixed external frame and are fitted with handles. Available with exposed ‘butt’ or concealed hinges and in solid wood and painted finishes only.

Handle-less

Doors and drawers which are opened from behind using a continuous profile rail to create a finger space. Available in all materials. Profile rails can be finished in any colour.

Image showing a handle-less kitchen door style
Example of a push-to-open style of door

Tip-on (push to open)

Doors and drawers which are pushed to activate a manual spring-loaded catch or electronic motor to open. No profile rails are required for this type of handle-less door. Please note that appliances will not open with manual operation and require electronic motor.

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