When designing a kitchen, or indeed any space in your average property, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice on offer. This is not simply a matter of zeroing in on the most appropriate decor or furniture: in designing, decorating, furnishing and maximising the functionality of a space, there will often be dozens if not hundreds of options on the market.
For this reason, it can be a great help to select a style that appeals to you. Choosing a ‘genre’ of home design will narrow your field of vision, making it easier to choose complementary elements and create a beautiful and cohesive space. Selecting a contemporary style can also leave you with a far trendier room which will be more likely to appeal to potential buyers and renters.
Two schools of design which are often talked about when it comes to kitchens are the ‘Modern’ and ‘Scandinavian’ genres. While the former emphasises tip top appliances and metallic finishes alongside elements of individual creativity, the latter is about maximising the use of light using minimalist decor and a function-above-frills approach to design.
For help in choosing elements for your kitchen, your best bet will be to book a kitchen design consultation with a local interior designer or kitchen fitter. It should go without saying that the actually kitchen fitting work should be handled by a Pro for the best guarantee of top-quality work, while a local decorator will leave the space looking fantastic. When looking for Pros, be sure to ask about how many kitchens they have done in your chosen style; the more experienced they are, the more ideas they will be able to contribute to your design.
While there are a few key characteristics of modern kitchens, what really sets the style apart is its fluidity. While modern kitchens have to ‘look’ modern, there are multiple ways to achieve this and the best examples often reflect the individual tastes of the designer. In other words, it will help to spend a good deal of time looking for inspiration before making any firm decisions. This is your kitchen, after all!
If we could use two words to describe Scandinavian kitchen design they would be ‘clean’ and ‘cohesive’. Scandinavian designs are all about pure white spaces which make as much use of natural light as possible. No one feature should dominate the room and clutter will need to be banished completely.