Both fashionable and functional, your kitchen design should best capture your personality without forgetting the practical benefits that make this room one of the most used in your home. With new build housing estates popping up regularly, the clean and contemporary kitchen aesthetic is becoming more and more popular – leaving little room for personal touches to be added to really give your kitchen the identity it deserves.
So, in today’s post, we’ve teamed up with luxury worktop specialists, Burlington Granite, to discuss the ways in which to add a welcome element of personality to your kitchen design. Covering 3 personality types, from the uber cool creative to the Scandi-style minimalist, we’ll help leave you inspired to add a unique sense of character to your kitchen interior.
For the minimalist homeowner
For those of you looking to create a simple, streamlined minimalist look similar to that found in the designs of the ever-popular Scandi-style, it’s crucial you first consider your kitchen appliances – thinking of clever ways to remove them from view and keep your work surfaces clear as a result. Whether this means incorporating sliding fixture doors to hide your kettle and toaster or choosing to incorporate a microwave cabinet to keep this appliance concealed in a practical way, there are plenty of things you should consider when looking to streamline your kitchen.
Minimalist style isn’t boring. So, make sure you don’t fall into this trap and add some texture and dimension to your room to create a subtle yet powerful aesthetic. To do this successfully, consider colours that complement each other well, as opposed to creating a bold, colour clash likely to over complicate your minimalist approach. Think light grey and clay pink or cream and sage green – these colours will come together to create a simple but beautiful interior aesthetic that will suit Scandi-style wooden furnishings and clean marble tops alike.
When it comes to your lighting, make sure to keep it simple but beautiful to add to this Scandi aesthetic – opting for minimalistic kitchen spotlights that won’t draw attention away from your space but will, instead, tie together your overall sophisticated look.
For those looking for luxury
Whether you’re lucky enough to have the space to create an opulent kitchen island or you’re working with a smaller surface area, creating a sense of luxury in your kitchen can be done in many different ways with the same effect.
Before anything else, you need to consider the colour scheme when it comes to integrating an opulent look into your kitchen design. Decorative features are key here – complementing bold blacks with gold accents and luscious greys with mirrored furnishings. To do this simply, consider laying marble-like quartz in your kitchen, either as a kitchen island or as a worktop, pairing it with stylish chandelier lights to really accentuate the polish of your worktop and the shimmer of your smaller kitchen accessories.
Don’t be afraid to go all out when it comes to glitz and glamour, creating a splashback using mirrored tiles or placing mirrors and wall lights throughout the room to give off an expensive yet sophisticated look.
For the creative in you
For the creatives amongst you, your kitchen is the perfect place to really experiment with your style – playing with colours and prints to help make this practical part of your home a little bit more ‘you’.
A lick of paint really goes a long way here. If you’re a fan of the phrase ‘go big or go home’, consider picking a striking red or deep navy that will help give plain, wooden cabinets a new lease of life. Constrastingly, if you’d rather keep your walls and cabinetry simple and experiment with other aspects of the room instead, think about using open shelving units that will allow you to decorate with patterned plates, or create a mosaic using floor tiles to give your kitchen an instantly unique look from the off.
We hope that, by using the above methods, you’ll soon be on your way to incorporating a touch of personality into your interior kitchen design – making it a space you want to spend time in, as opposed to the room of your house you feel as though you have to spend time in. Whether you class yourself as an arty creative, an advocate of luxury or a minimalist marvel, adding a touch of personality doesn’t need to overpower the overall approach of your kitchen design.
Sophie Armstrong is a content creator for granite and quartz worktop specialists Burlington Granite, who provide a full bespoke worktop solution by offering templating, cutting, polishing and fitting, all driven by 25 years of industry experience