We look at some of the key styles that help create a welcoming kitchen and how to combine these with practical elements.
Kitchens are not just practical and functional spaces, they are the true heart of the home. With many families using meal-times to catch up, communicate, relax and to reconnect, it is no wonder that kitchens are a key element to home life.
We look at some of the key styles that help create a welcoming space.
Shaker & Calm Country
Shaker kitchens remain a firm favourite. With simple painted furniture, wood panelling and marble surfaces topping the list of must have’s. Shaker’s simple look has a really practical place within a kitchen as its basic design makes it an easy clean option. Painted cabinets are easily updated from classic creams to on-trend neutral pastels, dark greens and blues. Keeping in touch with the classic countryside charm, choosing a floor can really help complete a coherent look. Tumbled marbles, quartz and ceramic floors look great but can often be disregarded as impractical. Vinyl reproductions are far removed from the original basic forms of yesteryear and now it is easy to choose a stone look floor without the worry of shattering plates, oil stains and ongoing maintenance of real stone floors.
Sometimes space dictates the look and industrial chic is a perfect option for those with smaller kitchen areas. Its sleek and uncluttered looks help create a spacious feel and the use of striking material combinations can help distract the eye. Key elements of this look are clever use of materials in often matt finishes that are then highlighted with metal accents such as taps, sinks and ironmongery in silvers and golds.
When it comes to flooring there are two companion looks, poured concretes in dark slate colours work beautifully for those wanting a dark comforting look. For those looking for a lighter feel, pale neutrals in stone or wood effects are popular.
For those wanting a calm and tranquil look, the desire for painted furniture has proved a winner. This kitchen has kept walls and cabinets really uniform in chalk whites while the interest has been added to the floor. Adding accents in your chosen style (such as the country living looks in this image) can help you add the style elements. We also really love the painted wood panel look in this cupboard which is both practical and keeps in tone with the rest of the look.
The floor recreates the tumbled quartz looks and feel of a real floor but with the benefits of luxury vinyl – meaning no cold toes and an easy to maintain surface.
Retro meets Classic
Retro is the style that just keeps giving. From bold retro kitchen using checkerboard floors through to the more muted tones of this calm retro kitchen. The use of metro style tiles hark back to the early architecture of the 1900s where these tiles were used in constructing some of our most loved and used London tube stations. Keeping the look clean with painted woods adds a classic twist. Furniture is a mix of retro inspired functional furniture but the addition of art and accessories really helps cement this look.
Keeping with the retro feel, light wood floors help combine both the kitchen and dining areas giving the look of a larger cohesive space.
Love the idea of a tiled floor but don’t relish the worry of chipped tiles, broken crockery? With modern vinyl floors such as this Vinca design, ceramic and marble effects are now achieved without the maintenance or worry of traditional materials. For younger families, these particularly appeal for their easy clean (a simple wipe) keeps the floor looking fabulous. Ceramic floors look particularly effective with painted wood styles and on-trend pastel palettes. The monochrome of this black and white marble style floor adds a funky element to what could have been an underwhelming design scheme.
However you decide to style your kitchen, get inspired by the variety of materials, finishes and designs from our luxury vinyl floor ranges. We provide a free sample service to make it easier to mood board your look before any key projects.