The kitchen is probably one of the most important rooms in any home, so getting it just right is crucial for many who are considering remodelling this space. As many of you know, we are a little bit obsessed with sleek kitchen designs and have fitted quite a few over the last few years. Many clients come to us for our advice on what style is best for them, so we thought we'd show you four of our favourite types of kitchens with a bit of a run down why and when you should use them.
The Pullman / One Wall Kitchen
Perfect For: Studio apartments with extremely limited space. Something we specialise in!
Pros: These types of kitchens can look incredibly smart and compact and can be custom made to fit any space without taking up too much valuable floor space. Every single corner is utilised and the kitchen is unobtrusive to the rest of the apartment.
Cons: Although Pullmans are compact, these designs can be very limiting when it comes to cooking so perhaps suited for short-term rentals or people who would rather have a Deliveroo than cook each night. Another drawback is the limited amount of storage, however, when it comes to owning a studio apartment this may be your only option.
Design Tip: As you are limited with floor space in your studio apartment, make sure you choose the appliances you need wisely and ensure you have sufficient working space, or as an alternative use your dining table as a prep station as well.
The Peninsula Kitchen / Island Kitchen
Perfect For: Open plan apartment owners and people who have a combined kitchen/living areas should opt for this design
Pros: Ideal for a small to average sized space, as makes and an overall space look much bigger immediately and avoids having to build an internal wall or installing an imposing piece of furniture which usually compromises and reduces space for both rooms as a result. Also, makes meal times a social occasion and great for dinner parties.
Cons: Having an open plan kitchen does mean any mess you have in the kitchen will always be on display to guests and while you reside in your living area. So if that's something that will bug you perhaps it's not the best option for you.
Design Tip: When designing your open plan kitchen, try to split both the kitchen living area up through the use of a peninsula or a dining area like a breakfast bar, as this ensures you leave enough floor space for people to move around your kitchen.
The Horseshoe / L Shape Kitchen
Perfect For: Large families and homes with huge kitchens. Perfect for those who like to entertain regularly.
Pros: If you have an open space like an extension or just love cooking then you will need a kitchen which has a lot of storage space. Also ideal for those who want to add a kitchen island in the middle or incorporate an area like a breakfast bar which can double up as a study, play or food preparation area.
Cons: As this is the ultimate design for kitchens, there aren't many disadvantages but don't forget to plan your sockets and large appliance areas carefully as otherwise, it could make your cooking process a little disorganised.
Design Tip: Don't forget lighting is also key to designing this space. Adding large doors to your kitchen extension is a great way to let natural light flood in and opting for a bi-fold door means when the sun is out you can merge the outside space indoors too!
The Galley Kitchen
Perfect For: Small kitchen owners who don't live in a studio flat but have a small apartment or house that has a narrow kitchen with no room for units on both sides.
Pros: This boat inspired design is perfect for those who want to maximise every inch of space and want a functional kitchen but not a fan of home cooking.
Cons: A Galley may be practical but this style can feel cramped, and as they are so small there is little or no chance of expansion.
Design Tip: Avoid making this style feeling too narrow and imposing by using exposed shelving instead of wall cabinets as these open it up and create a sense of much-needed space.
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