The beauty of bespoke kitchens is that the world is your oyster in terms of the style, function and layout of the space. Whether you want a rustic country kitchen, an artsy, creative space or a contemporary space, the choice is yours. A bespoke furniture specialist can even create a kitchen that features a combination of rustic and contemporary styles.
Here’s a quick guide to the three most popular kitchen styles.
The artsy, crafted kitchen relies on the use of natural tones and materials and places a strong emphasis on hand crafted pieces of furniture. Wood is often the preferred choice in this type of kitchen design. Items that are often found in kitchens of this kind include wooden brackets, carved corbels, elaborately framed cabinets and panelled doors with thick, sturdy frames. Other trademark aspects of this style are tiffany-like lighting fixtures that bring a splash of colour to the room and stylised wallpaper.
Traditional kitchen themes are often chosen by home owners, as this style will never go out of style and has a cosy, warm look. This theme blends the elegant and slightly formal look of homes from the 18th and the 19th centuries. Bespoke kitchen designers often incorporate a modern twist into this traditional theme, to give it a fresh and unique look. Typical characteristics of the traditional kitchen include rope and crown mouldings that add a touch of old world elegance to the room, as well as fluting and ornamental carvings on wooden pieces of furniture. A traditional kitchen will usually have cabinets that are made from mahogany, walnut or cherry wood.
For those who prefer a more contemporary look, there are plenty of options; generally, this kind of modern look consists of clean and simple architectural lines, as well as understated decorative pieces. In contemporary kitchens, the materials tend to be man-made as opposed to natural; these include lacquer, chrome, concrete, glass, laminate and stainless steel. This style of kitchen is heavily influenced by design elements found in Germany and Scandinavia. If the thought of a contemporary kitchen appeals to you but you still want to retain an air of cosiness, then try mixing some subtle wood features in maple or birch with metals such as pewter, brass or copper. This will add a certain amount of warmth to the room without overwhelming its modern design.
Many people love the look of the typical ‘country kitchen’. This rustic style is welcoming and cosy, with plenty of bright colours and light, as well as floral motifs. However, these are just rough guidelines and there are many twists on this kind of theme; lots of bespoke kitchens use this style sparingly and incorporate other themes alongside it. Some features of this style include distressed wooden cabinets and tables, as well as open-door cabinets, which are used to display old vintage china pieces. The key is to keep the overall look understated, with some well chosen accent pieces, such as throw rugs, hand crafted dining chairs and other pretty furnishings.