Style & Appearance

The kitchen is the hub of the home and choosing the style and appearance of the kitchen is vital to any design. Often there are two routes to explore when choosing your kitchen;

Route 1 - Match the style of the kitchen to the age, style and appearance of the house. For example selecting a rustic country style for a thatch cottage, or an ultra modern kitchen for a white box new build.

Route 2 - Contrasting the style of the kitchen with the house. Designing a modern contemporary kitchen for a period victorian terrace.

You can cherry pick the best options of multiple styles to develop a design that best suits you needs. Below we will explore three style options for kitchens.


Modern Contemporary Style Kitchen are simple and sleek, with a cool contemporary feel. Modern materials are included in the design of kitchen from stainless steel worktops to glass splashbacks. Choosing the appliance is important for a modern kitchen from integrated ovens to sleek low profiles induction hobs.

Inspiration Ideas Cambridgeshire New Build..

Central Island

The central island at the Cambridgeshire new build is one of the focal points of the kitchen. The island is minimal with the stone top wrapping down each side and space for four bar stools. Island breakfast bar are a key component of most kitchens and often where family and friends congregate around.

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Dropped Ceiling & Extractor

Another key feature of the kitchen design is the dropped ceiling over the central island. The Cambridgeshire new build has a unique feature in the form of a dropped down extractor on simple cables. The ceiling also houses the lighting including a soft glow LED strip around the edge, creating a simple shadow gap.

Inspiration Ideas Thames Ditton Renovation Project..

The modern kitchen at Thames Ditton has a simple line and island layout. The run of units are set within frame with tall units set either side of the sink. To one side are double ovens and built in fridge freezer and to the other a large larder and preparation cupboard. 

The central island has a raised L-shaped breakfast bar in contrasting dark timber compared with the light gloss units and worktop. This dark timber detailing is picked up around the framing on the tall wall units. 

Metallic splashback with light shelves are used above the sink with embedded hidden LED strips.  A set of triple simple copper pendants lights are off set on the island with simple ceiling lights and an LED strip lighting used around the edge.

Some key features of a modern kitchen;

  • Frameless Cabinets

  • No mouldings & Square edges

  • Handless or Modern simple handles

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Classical & Country Style Kitchen have a cosy homely feel, often with a rustic look. These kitchens take inspiration from classic Old English country homes, farmhouses, French chateau and Tuscan villas. The use of natural materials can form an important part of any country classic design from exposed timbers to natural stone.

The use of the traditional appliance from range cookers to agas and butlers will help offset the design. Don’t be afraid to mix and match with a country kitchen adding antique details.

Inspiration Ideas for a Country Feel Kitchen..

Choosing Materials

The use of natural materials from timber worktops to natural stone helps bring to life a country style kitchen. Colourful homely pieces also help create a family space to the kitchen.


Features and quirky details

As you can see in this example leaving the existing circle external window within the new space adds a quirky detail to the design, alongside the butler sink and period sash windows.

Some key features of a country kitchen;

  • Traditional Cabinets Cabinets

  • Exposed Timber and Stone

  • Add in Rustic antique features

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Modern Shaker Style Kitchen  are timeless, with classic proportions. The simple design includes a simple frame with inset panel. The kitchen style stems from 18th Century America, with a look to simplicity and function.

Wood is the main material of choose either left exposed or painted often with a simple matte colour. The use of bold colours can be used and often help elements of the kitchen like the central island stand out.  Developing a colour pallet is important in the design of your shaker kitchen.

Inspiration Ideas for a Modern Shaker Style Kitchen..
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Colours and Details

The use of strong bold colours within a kitchen against white crisps walls adds a new dimension to any kitchen style. This South London shaker kitchen has deep rich blue units, with gold/ copper handle details. PIcking up the details on the pure white range cooker and tap.

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Touch of Detail

The final touches of details can really enhance any kitchen, from the use of handles to the internal finishes of cupboards and draws. In this example the use dark timber to create the draws and spacers adds a new element to the simple shaker kitchen.

Some key features of a shaker kitchen;

  • Simplicity with fine craftsmanship

  • Cabinets with simple frame and insert panel (5 piece door front)

  • Use of natural and primary colour palette

Other Styles:

Scandinavian or Nordic Style Kitchen

The style of kitchen is of a minimalist design, with modern clean lines. The use of organic shapes and natural materials. The kitchens are very practical and functional, with crisp, fresh look. 

Industrial Style Kitchen 

Industrial style kitchens are harder and less cosey than the country, shaker style kitchens. The use of raw materials like metal and concrete are used within the design. You can always included exposed structures like metal beams, exposed peoples and raw brickwork walls. 

Layout & Form

Please see below some examples of typical kitchen layout plans.

One Wall Single Run Kitchen

U-shaped Kitchen

Galley Kitchen

Peninsular Kitchen

L-shaped Kitchen


One of the key considerations when setting out the kitchen design is the ‘work’ diagram, this connects cooker/ hob, sink and fridge/ freezer. The shape of the room, location of walls, windows and doors affects the layout of the kitchen. Distances from units and appliances need to be factored in, the area should not feel crapped, but also the kitchen needs to be practical and items within easy reach.

When planning your kitchen think about the ergonomics, layout and how the family will use the kitchen and wider room. Think about the position of furniture, as the use furniture as a visual separation for a room. 

Inspiration Ideas for a Modern Kitchen in North London..

Finishes & Details


Developing the pallet of colours and textures for the kitchen is a crucial part of any conceptual design.

Kitchen Units Colour, Texture and Material

Its is also important to think if you are going handless with the kitchen or going with a handle. There is a wide range of options including an abr to a brace/ gold knob. 

Worktop Colour, Texture and Material
Splashback Colour, Texture and Material

Further Design Consideration for your Kitchen

The relationship of materials, texture and colour should be considered alongside;

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  • Flooring, the key to the design of any kitchen space is the relationship of the materials of the kitchen and the overall flooring of the space. A good example is the worktop and flooring, you can either match the tones/ colours or contrast the two. 

  • Consider the colour of the walls, are you going for a feature wall like London stock in the area around the kitchen, contrasting colours will help bring these key features forward and draw your eye.

  • Lighting, it is vital you considered your lighting design for the space in-line with the kitchen design. Some examples are the use of antique, industrial pendant lights for country style kitchen or the use of LED diffuser lights around key features.

Kitchens are often part of a larger open plan space, including the dining space and family snug area. When designing the kitchen it is important to factor these elements in, from the position/ size of the dining table and the location of soft furnishings like sofas. 

Also consider the location and size of glazing. For example if you have a rooflight in the area it is important to consider the position of this in relation to the island. It is important to make sure these are inline to avoid a clumsy finish.