The style of your kitchen can reveal as much about your personality as the car you drive. So before you —en to paper and begin to consider floor plans and cooktops, it’s vital to discover exactly what style —person you are. Take an honest look at how you and your family live. If you detest clutter, you will be okay with a minimalist style of kitchen with banks of discreet storage. If you like to chat, you will enjoy open-plan design. Remember, kitchens are no longer bound by 4 walls. The common feature if ____’s liberated kitchen is the originality that comes from blending different shapes and styles. _____ents are mixed and matched with ease, drawing inspiration from the farthest reaches of the globe.
Fashionable restaurants with an open kitchen exposing the chef at work over a steamy cooktop have inspired the latest trend for at-home dining. The restaurant- style kitchen has the preparation area, dishwasher and sinks lined up to maximize the floor area. The cooktop is installed in an island bench with a serving counter that doubles as a family snack bar. Highly contrasting finishes such as dark woods, white walls and polished metal give this look its signature. Commercial – grade stainless steel typifies this style, creating an ultra-practical finish for benchtops and kickboard.
It’s not so much about what goes into the kitchen as how it’s put together. Eclectic style is interpreted by the young and the young-at-heart as a place to display a disparate range of elements. At its core is the modern freestanding stove and an unconventional mix of storage units. This style results in an unfitted appearance, without the streamlined integration of kitchen surfaces and appliances. Eclectic style isn’t meant to be a cop-out where you can dump second-hand furniture with second-class appliances. In the confident, purposeful hands of someone with a sense of humour and a keen eye for design, the eclectic kitchen is the most original style of all.
Incorporating the kitchen into the living room is a sensible solution when space is at a premium. It’s common renovating choice for those wishing to update an older-style cottage or terrace house. Joinery and storage are designed to complement living room furniture and may make use of the same fine timber. If the room opens to a deck, terrace or paved outdoor area, then the flooring can be a device to link indoors with out. Food preparation and cooking areas should be sufficiently compact to avoid projecting into the main thoroughfare. It’s a look that has a small-family suitability while also being perfect for the professional couple who prefer to entertain at ease.
The immediacy of food prepared and cooked in full view and brought directly to the table is part of the Asian eating-out experience. There, everyone sits at a long narrow table in the centre of the room. Many restaurants have adopted this canteen style of eating with the focus on one big waist-height timber table at which you perch on bar stools to eat your sushi and noodles. This style also suits a large, active family on the move. In such a household, there’s always requirement for an easily maintained, multi-purpose work surface.
This look displays the more understated, refined side of retro, with the emphasis on a sophisticated combination of colours like chartreuse and mustard, and materials such as mahogany and teak. Furniture with an industrial edge, timber laminates and the linear shapes of mid 20th– century design translate into a slick city look. Stainless steel becomes the accent, white marble, terrazzo, glass mosaics and exotic timber veneers create originality.
It takes a certain amount of conviction and discipline to carry off the minimalist look in a kitchen. It’s a style associated more with the urban than the suburban. The look is all about space, light and an absence of superfluous detail – something which seems at odds with the kitchen and it’s many obvious components. The secret is to make tradition work in a contemporary way: storage must be discreet and fixtures, fittings and appliances intelligently streamlined. It’s a provocative style based on dramatic design principles.
- Modern Victorian
This style offers the perfect solution for those wishing to marry modern conveniences with traditional architecture. The scrubbed-clean, utilitarian approach of stark white – painted walls and wood, and tiles laid in a brickwork pattern is today offset by vibrant accessories and designer furniture. Time-honored, hardworking linoleum features for the flooring, yet it looks fresh and modern in a bright colour and pattern. Drawer handles and paneled doors echo the style of old-time kitchens. Low-maintenance, functional surfaces and finishes retain this look’s original spirit.
This kitchen style has become almost as popular in the suburbs as it once was in the country homestead. The key to this look is it’s attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. Recycled materials add to the warm, lived-in appeal. A central work bench or classic butcher’s block is the focus of the room. Limed, paneled or moulded cupboard doors, open shelves and wicker storage baskets, a laboratory sing and tapware, hand-painted tiles and metal carriage with a batterie de cuisine are captivating elements.
Dispensing with conventional design and highlighting a lively mix of shiny chrome, etched mirror and pastel laminates, the diner was the social hub of many a small town, and a favourite location for film-makers. Today’s funky re-creation introduces a contemporary approach, with the old metal-edged laminate breakfast counter and vinyl-covered swivel stools replaced by metallic-look polyurethane finished cabinets, brushed stainless-steel fittings, an Australian hardwood benchtop and designer-look bar stools.
This is probably the ideal family kitchen because there’s no guessing where anything is; the surfaces are low-maintenance and kid-proof, and the cook can be seen and heard but has a reasonable degree of privacy for the other areas of the home. The style is reinforced by the classic door hardware, marble slab benches, porcelain sink, and glass-fronted cupboards with traditional push-back catches. It’s an especially useful style for all those collectors who would like a safe place to show off their precious china or silver