This is, arguably, the most important room in the house. It is the source of sustenance! Due to its definitive purpose it needs to have specific qualities, cleanliness being just one. The entire layout is centred on the preparation of food. Everything is right at your fingertips, you can effortlessly move around. The fridge, cooking hob, dustbin and preparation bowl are all exactly where you need them to be. That’s great design folks and this is Kitchen design!
“Good design, when it’s done well, becomes invisible. It’s only when it’s done poorly that we notice it.” Jared Spool
So it is important that the design not only works but, in my opinion (and I’m sure I’m not alone on this) looks great too!
The Rustic Kitchen Design
The raw timber floor, rough shelving and heavily veined marble all add to the aesthetic. The kitchen of a Rustic style home screams farm house living. Therefore a herb garden, just outside and boot room, off to the side, would almost be essential. The focus, as with any kitchen, is on cooking and the gas stove and hob take centre stage here. The informal nature of the style lends itself well to the breakfast bar, as a Kitchen in this style will be a constant hive of activity. The painted cabinets add a great touch of colour and tie in well with the marble.
The Traditional Kitchen Design
Ornate moulded cornices and cabinets are a staple feature in the Traditional kitchen. Marble counters and stone tiles add to the classic look. The black painted feature island and breakfast bar is a bold and sophisticated touch. This is a more refined and polished look, compared to the Rustic style. You can almost imagine an all American mother passing neatly folded paper bags, containing healthy lunches, to three immaculately dressed children, all ready to become the next president of the free world.
The Industrial Kitchen Design
The Industrial style can often seem dirty, due to the exposed brickwork and/or concrete. This kitchen has been made a pristine space through the use of the white walls and tiles and the surgically clean stainless steel. It maintains its roots to the Industrial through the clever use of the exposed extractor ducting and the use of plumbing piping, to hide electrical cables and suspend lighting.
This does not always have to be the case. An Industrial style kitchen can be clean and considered while using exposed brickwork, steel and timber, as you can see clearly from the example the below. It allows the opportunity to play with cabinetry and other materials, like the use of raw steel frames and stands instead of timber, common to the kitchen.
The Minimalist Kitchen Design
If the kitchen is the room where everything has its place and it all needs to be within arm’s reach. Then, in that sense, Minimal is the perfect style. It is the most considered of all the styles and everything is meticulously planned out. It may not seem like it but giving a space the appearance of nothingness is a difficult task. Apart from clean lines, the style perpetuates clean living and a kitchen always welcomes this. The trouble being that the absence of “stuff” amplifies the impact of mess. The cleanliness needs to be kept that way, as the slightest blemish on a pristine surface will seem obvious.
The Eclectic Kitchen Design
The Eclectic style often steals from the other great styles fit for a Gentleman. Be it fine and rich timber with exposed structural beams or a tufted couch with cottage pane windows the design must be heavily considered. The risk of creating a space with multiple styles is that elements can seem cobbled together. This creates the feeling that everything doesn’t have its place and might be hard to find, which is not ideal, especially for a kitchen. In this example the elements and design are well considered and work together perfectly. The combination has created a comfortable and inviting space that melds living and kitchen. The couch against the large window is the perfect place for a read, even if it isn’t a cook book.
Regarding the kitchen, great design is paramount and the aesthetic must fit the design. This why the choosing of a design style is so important, it dictates the look, feel and even the layout of your castle. That is why great design is thoughtful design, even if it will never be noticed.
“We owe much to the fruitful meditation of our sages, but a sane view of life is, after all, elaborated mainly in the kitchen.” – Joseph Conrad
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