This is something that I was talking about with my husband only last night. Kitchen design is one thing that can be totally overwhelming with so much choice on the market. So that’s why I thought we should inject the fun back into it! Rather than opting for price or practicality of materials when designing your kitchen, why not design around a particular theme that inspires you or makes you happy?
There are a few common themes emerging in current trends that might take your fancy, so if you’re looking to redesign your current kitchen, I’ve collaborated with Kreative Kitchens, a kitchen installer in Bedford, to narrow down some of the most popular ones they’ve seen to give you a bit of inspiration.
Whilst how you design your kitchen is very personal, hopefully some of the themes below will give you some fun inspiration and ideas as to some of the cute ways you can theme your kitchen décor.
The country kitchen
The country theme is great if you want to create a traditional and cosy look which harkens back to yesteryear. There are loads of different ways to achieve this look, meaning it’s also really flexible and open to your own interpretation and flare.
Some common components of this theme are old-style range ovens and hobs complete with brass pots and pans, and neutral tones such as whites and pastel greens and blues. You can add details to the look by picking up some antique crockery and going for a lovely tiled floor.
In a similar vein to the country kitchen, a theme growing in popularity at the moment is the industrial kitchen theme. This takes its inspiration from the industrial revolution and uses a lot of exposed metals and piping, workshop material and tools, exposed walls and darker colours to create a rugged feel.
Go for cast iron furniture, dark woods, and exposed brickwork or concrete to create this look. If you really want to invest, you can get a polished concrete floor to really complete the look.
Sticking with the old-fashioned theme, vintage kitchens have seen a real comeback in recent years and are now in full swing. They can create a cute look which nods to a simpler time whilst still making the most of all those mod-cons.
This look is created by using a bright but muted colour pallet. We’re talking light pinks and blues contrasted with a monochrome tiled floor. You can also buy a whole host of vintage appliances (Smeg fridges are a favourite), and vintage signs as well.
Check out this video with some more vintage décor ideas.
Moving away from classically British kitchens, it’s time to take some inspiration from the continent. Tuscan kitchens can create a homely and warm feeling using lots of dark woods and marble surfaces. This is definitely one of the more unusual choices, so if you want your kitchen to stand out, this might be the option for you!
The look can be completed with a dark metal chandelier and rustic tiles on the floor and walls. Maybe even go for a mosaic picture of the Italian countryside behind the hob.
This design idea is perfect for those who live close to the sea, or just those who miss it. Use lots of whites and light blues to create this look. You can complete the theme by using some old-fashioned metal pots and pans and maybe even adding an old wooden ship wheel to the wall. A few model ships dotted wouldn’t go amiss either, as well as sea shell décor or accessories.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Whether it’s preparing meals, eating those meals, or just relaxing with a cup of tea, designing your kitchen in a way that inspires you and makes you happy really does change the everyday. The design of your kitchen can say a lot about you and can entirely change the atmosphere of your house, let alone the room. So, what will yours say about you?
Get creative, and make your kitchen a place that enhances your everyday!