Decorating design ideas for a kitchen makeover
Updating your kitchen and looking for inspiration? We’re here to help with our favourite on-trend ideas to give your kitchen a new lease of life.
Choose between the following five styles:
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Discover more about the different styles and then click through to learn how to make them a reality. With suggestions on everything from worktops to wallpaper, sinks to storage, we've got every corner of your kitchen covered.
Five hot kitchen design ideas
Get the contemporary kitchen look
Seamless design, clean lines and glossy surfaces define the contemporary kitchen, making it ideal if you’re looking for a statement kitchen. This look is all about cabinets with a shiny, gloss finish, bright lighting and chrome accents and accessories to create a gleaming space.
Neutrals, like whites and greys, are popular and look great combined with metallic accessories and appliances. Introduce colour with a vibrant splashback or a single strip of bright cabinets to create a feature amongst all the cool neutrals. Fancy adding more character? Choose bold jewel tones, such as rich reds and moody purples, and use sparingly. This isn’t a style that works with too much going on, so keep things streamlined and defined when ramping up the colour.
The same applies to white goods, which should be integrated wherever possible to prevent interruptions in the sleek, coordinated look. Keep clutter at bay with all cooking utensils in their designated places in drawers or cupboards. And if you are going to keep anything out on display, make a feature of it, by hanging it from a rack or placing it on a shelf in a stylish, yet orderly, fashion.
Keen on the contemporary kitchen? Read more of our ideas on how to create this look in your home.
Get the Scandinavian kitchen look
Bright, airy and minimal: the popular Scandinavian-style kitchen blends functionality with style. It manages to be both classic and modern at the same time, almost like a reinvention of the country kitchen look.
The foundation of this look is plenty of clean white alongside bright woods like oak, beech or birch. Bold focal points placed around the room add some interest, but keep it coordinated and deliberate. This look is ideal if you don’t have a lot of space to play with, as white cabinets on white walls will make the room look bigger. And if white isn’t your favourite colour, swap out for other pale shades like light blue and grey.
Another key part of the look is to hide away clutter and appliances, so make the most of your space with clever storage solutions and an efficient layout. That doesn’t mean that everything gets hidden away, in fact, open shelving works well with this style. It’s just about keeping things tidy and easily findable.
Unleash your creativity and be inventive with prints and colours – think geometric patterns with a retro 50s and 60s vibe. Achieve these pops of colour with splashbacks, tiles, soft furnishings and accessories, so that these break up the white and keep the look fresh and fun.
Like the sound of a Scandinavian kitchen? Check out more of our top tips on achieving this look.
Get the country kitchen look
Whether it’s called farmhouse, rustic or Provencal, the country kitchen always delivers an inviting space that’s lived in but well-cared for. This style is massively versatile, offering several different looks that all recognisably share their roots in the country kitchen. Think of the kitchens in a British stately home, an open space in a New England barn conversion or a chic house in the French vineyards. All are warm and inviting and make natural materials their foundation.
Country kitchens contrast warm textures, such as wood, wicker and fabric with colder ones, like ceramic and stone to create a practical area, ready to care for an entire household. They feature wooden kitchen cabinets and worktops, ceramic sinks and floors from stone or wood. Softer touches come with patterned fabrics, in designs like gingham, bright polka dots or florals.
The colour palette is all about soft, calming shades of either warm tones (like cream, beige and pale yellow) or cooler ones (such as sage green, glacial blue and grey). White works too, in limited amounts, but this style should always be welcoming and able to withstand the odd muddy footprint!
For more country kitchen ideas, head to our article for more inspiration.
Get the vintage kitchen look
Conjure up an eclectic, elegant style with a vintage kitchen. A quirky spin on the traditional country kitchen, this look allows you to showcase your own creativity. Less formal and structured than other styles, it includes everything from pretty chintz to retro 50s Americana and is as imaginative as you are.
With white or cream as a base, pastel colours are often used in this look – think mint greens, soft pinks and cornflower blues which help keep the finished effect fresh and fun. The look of the 50s diner favours bright cherry reds or navy blue, while more rustic looks tend to play around with heritage colours like grey-whites, green-whites or duck egg blue. Dial up a wide range of eye-catching patterns with your soft furnishings and show off all your knick-knacks with trinkets and treasures proudly on display.
This touch of the traditional doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on modern technology – look for appliances with soft curves, fun colours and plenty of character. And for a truly unique spin, why not introduce some upcycled items? Give old furniture a new lease of life with a lick of paint, or how about a paint effect such as distressed, chalk or crackle?
For more ways to give your kitchen a vintage vibe, head to our article.
Get the industrial kitchen look
The industrial style brings together all the kit of a professional kitchen with the look of a New York loft or fashionable restaurant. Perfect if you consider yourself a bit of a chef, or just love to explore the latest technologies and gadgets.
It emulates the bare, stripped-back feel of Victorian factories with exposed brick and glass, dark woods and metal. This no-frills look contrasts sharply with the innovative appliances, creating an edgy blend of practicality and style.
Show off all your sophisticated cooking gadgets – industrial kitchens need everything easily to hand for quick convenience. And why hide them away when then look so good? The palette tends to be quite cool and dark, making the use of wood or coppery metals all the more striking because of the contrast. And don’t be afraid of black: this style is bold enough to get away with it.
Interested in the industrial style? Read more ideas to make your space fit for a pro.