Wondering how to put your personal stamp on a brand new kitchen? Of course, a new kitchen will take your cooking and entertaining to the next level in a practical sense – but how can you add that bit of flavour and personal style to make it truly one-of-a-kind?
In this article, we’ll give you some kitchen style tips to give it that extra bit of character.
What’s your vibe?
Everyone is unique. And so every kitchen should also be unique. Before you make a kitchen decoration plan, it’s a good starting point to decide the mood or style you’re trying to achieve as this will help guide your choices. You don’t need to get into the nitty-gritty, but just get an overall sense of what look you’re going for- whether that’s bold and funky, industrial chic or rustic cottagecore.
Shelves and rails
Pots and pans don’t just belong in the cupboard. Why not make them a feature by installing shelves or rails? This adds a touch of uniqueness without going overboard, and is also an excellent way to make use of wall space when your cabinets are getting a little full up. Not to mention, rails and shelves make for easy, convenient access for any modern cook.
There’s nothing more subjective than art, so what better way to show off your personality than with a few well-chosen pieces to bring life, colour and emotion into your kitchen. Though, if paintings aren’t your thing, you could instead choose some statement statues or even frame and hang a few old recipes for that vintage feel.
Let there be light
Light affects mood in a big way, and that’s the same for your kitchen. This area also needs to be well-lit in the interests of safety and to avoid accidents. However, you’re not restricted to bog-standard light fittings to fulfil these practical needs. Play around with funky options or industrial-style drop pieces – or whatever you fancy. You’d be surprised how much of a difference your chosen light fixtures make to the final mood.
Kitchens have a tendency to get messy very quickly, so it’s important to design them with adequate storage solutions right from the very start. Whether that’s getting counters or cabinets tailor-made, or simply incorporating unique storage ideas such as kitchen carousels, rails, shelves, or under-counter racks, there are many imaginative ways to be smart when it comes to kitchen storage.
Tile it up
Hygienic, simple-to-clean and highly customisable, it’s easy to see why tiles are a popular choice for kitchens. From bold patterns to sharp whites, there are many ways to use tiles in a kitchen space, either for walling and flooring, a splashback or even just some light decorative accents. There are a lot of companies that supply a wide range of tiles to suit all tastes, budgets and purposes and will be happy to talk you through your options.
The soft touch
Kitchens need to be easy to keep clean, which means plenty of wipeable surfaces. But that’s not to say you can’t add a few soft accents to balance out the harder lines and materials. Whether it’s a few cushions on the dining room chairs or a couple of eye-catching plants, there are plenty of ways to bring a gentle, cosy feel to your kitchen while not sacrificing its practicality.
Appliances are your best friend
At the heart of a kitchen’s efficiency and convenience are the appliances you choose. Depending on how often you cook, and what you’ll use your kitchen for will affect which appliances you choose. Thanks to the sheer range of appliances available on the market, you’re sure to find the technology to suit your particular lifestyle needs. Also, a well-designed kitchen will mean that all appliances will be stored smartly for seamless, easy use on a day-to-day basis.