If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know that we recently moved house and relocated. Unlike previous properties we’ve lived in, we’re not planning to heavily renovate this one; the property is only twelve years old and it’s obvious that the previous owners have taken good care of it.
However, we are planning on a kitchen renovation which will involve knocking through to the dining room and installing a modern kitchen/dining and TV area. We’re currently discussing our plans with builders and kitchen designers, and hopefully we’ll be on track to get the work underway by Spring next year.
So, of course I’ve been trawling home interiors magazine and pinning like crazy over on Pinterest to gather inspiration for our big project. We’re planning on going for a super sleek and modern kitchen this time around.
Here are some of the ideas I’m loving right now…
For our previous kitchen, we chose traditional style shaker units in grey and charcoal. I loved the end result, but as we’re opting for a modern kitchen design this time, it’s polished units all the way. High gloss units are popular for a modern result, but we will probably go for something a little more matt – we have lots of grubby hands in our house and I’m not sure I could handle the constant smears!
A solid worktop
A solid stone worktop looks at home in a modern kitchen. Personally I’m in love with the marble tops, but quartz, granite and composite can all work well. If you want to add a little more warmth, you may want to consider a solid wooden worktop instead. There are some great deals to be had for worktops online from HC supplies if you have your measurements.
The more seamless the kitchen, the more modern the overall effect will be. Opting for handles that are integrated within the units will create a super sleek end result. Plus you don’t have to agonise over which handle to choose and it’s cheaper! I’m a fan.
A functional island
In the past we’ve only ever used kitchen islands as a place to either prepare food at, or sit and eat. But I love the trend towards making the island more of a functional part of the kitchen with various appliances incorporated. This minimises the requirement to have multiple wall units, maximising space and creating a less cluttered feel. An induction hob and integrated extractor fan will not only look neat, but will also create a real style statement.
A spray mixer tap
Okay, probably not a necessity but I’ve always wanted one of these! A tap with a pull-out spray just makes sense to me. I will no longer have to try and splash water around the skink to clean off those bits of food and grubby water marks…If you like your mod cons like me, then I suspect this is one of those appliances that once you get used to having it, you wonder what you did without it.
What’s your design style? Do you like a modern kitchen, or do you prefer more traditional touches?
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