How to Design a Kitchen Interior: 4 Popular Approaches

While undoubtedly the heart of any home, the kitchen is sometimes overlooked as a place of function over a space to let your interior flare loose – with everything from cooking and washing-up to eating and even sometimes the laundry taking place within the kitchen area. Unfortunately, this means that it’s not uncommon for kitchen designs to quickly become outdated and, as a result, neglected.

That’s why, in today’s post, we’re looking to offer up some interior inspiration through a range of different kitchen interior approaches, covering a range of popular styles and detailing how you can achieve them in your own home ahead of your next kitchen renovation.

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Scandi

Scandanavian-inspired interiors are only getting more popular year-to-year, with this minimalistic, one-dimensional approach projecting a distinctly clean and spacious design desired by many. When used correctly in the kitchen, it can transform a typically clustered function room into an uncluttered, light and bright space.

The fundamental characteristic of Scandi-style is its geometry – or, more specifically, its distinctive focus on straight lines. From the features to the furniture, all the basic elements of this style are implemented in clean-cut straight lines, ensuring this alignment is clearly defined.

To help reinforce this focus, minimalism and natural light are also primary attributes of Scandi interiors. As such, look to keep your kitchen space open-plan to allow as much natural light to pass through as possible, opting for a white kitchen colour scheme to help reflect and distribute it around the room. Where artificial light is needed, opt for feature lights like low-hanging lamps to inject added character.

Elsewhere in the kitchen, keep simplicity at the forefront of your mind. Stick to smooth surfaces with muted, understated hues – opting for wooden accents and brass hardware, for example, is ideal for surface tops and taps. Remembering the focus on minimalism, be sure not to overdo it when accessorising – but the odd piece of contemporary art sourced from quirky craft stores such as Etsy will seamlessly complement your interior while adding that extra dimension.

Wood is often a popular flooring option in Scandi kitchen designs, but for the same great aesthetic without the hassle of the persistent upkeep of wood panels in this typically busy room, why not opt for wood effect tiles instead? Alternatively, look to reinforce the spacious and minimalistic elements of the interior by opting for white floor tiles that will effortlessly reflect light – for a premium aesthetic without the premium price tag, consider white marble effect tiles to achieve this, pairing with a white hexagonal splashback on your walls for seamless cohesion.

Key takeaways:

  • Minimalism
  • Natural light
  • Straight lines

Industrial

An industrial-style approach to your next kitchen renovation is a great way of making a real statement with your kitchen interior. Projecting an urban, contemporary feel to the space, this versatile style can be tailored to individual tastes while still staying true to the fundamental characteristics of this popular modern design.

Much like Scandi interiors, industrial kitchens focus on creating lots of open space. Subsequently, this design often works best with high ceilings and an open-plan floor plan, ensuring the space remains uncluttered and highly functional as a result.

Achieving an industrial kitchen interior is fairly simple in principle, with the primary focus being on the choice of materials and colour palettes. As such, look to keep these elements at the forefront of considerations wherever possible, especially when it comes to sourcing kitchen appliances and additional features. For example, opt for smooth metallic fridges and ovens to establish a metallic colour pallette, further optimised by the addition of glossy granite or quartz worktops. Pair with exposed pendent lighting for a distinctly industrial feel, while keeping the levels of artificial lighting to a minimum to create a distinct ambience typical of this design.

Roughness is often the name of the game when it comes to walling options, as layered textures often best complement metallic, urban hues. While exposed brick walling is always a good option as a result, this isn’t always possible to achieve in kitchen spaces – so why not opt for split face tiles to achieve the same rough, jagged and textured effect on your walls with much greater ease? Pair with sleek contemporary flooring to extend your colour scheme, with tiles like our Ocean Green Veneer Sheets effortlessly complementing the textures and tones of the rest of the interior.

Key takeaways:

  • Metallic colour scheme
  • Open design
  • Rough textures

Contemporary

Sticking with the modern kitchen interior styles, a contemporary interior approach is one that embraces the current trends and pairs it with all the functionality that our modern, fast-paced lifestyles often demand.

Minimalism is once again on the agenda when it comes to pulling off this style, with a distinct focus on a lack of clutter to create the illusion of space. To achieve this, keep your design clean and spacious, making good use of all available space without adding any unnecessary decor like ornaments or unnecessary appliances. For example, a recurring feature of popular contemporary kitchens is built-in floor-to-wall cabinets that not only extend across the entire vertical surface of your kitchen to supply smart storage space, but also accomodate appliances for an elegant, cohesive look. From fridges to microwaves, cookers to coffee machines, look to custom cut your cabinets to accommodate your appliances, whether they’re on show or hidden behind cabinet doors.

Similar to a Scandi approach, don’t underestimate the power of horizontal lines to give off the illusion of space while reinforcing the clean-cut fundamentals of a contemporary kitchen design. Emphasise this more by ensuring your kitchen is always clean and well presented, enabling you to adapt subtle interior features to maximum effect. For example, with this added illusion of space, you’ll be able add social elements (a distinctly contemporary kitchen feature) like a kitchen island with bar stool seating without the room looking overcrowded.

With cleanliness, light and spaciousness being crucial to the contemporary kitchen, opting for a white colour scheme enables you to achieve all the primary characteristics with ease. As such, look to incorporate white tiles to both your walling and flooring, adding glossy metro splashbacks and polished white floor tiles to effortlessly reflect natural light.

Key takeaways:

  • Modern and minimalist attributes
  • Straight lines
  • Social elements
  • Natural light
  • Space efficient

Traditional

The traditional kitchen interior embraces classic elements from conventional kitchen designs for an orthodox rustic feel. The best part? You don’t have to own a country farmhouse to make this work, with this interior approach working in both period and modern homes alike.

In contrast to the modern styles discussed above, the traditional kitchen places left emphasis on minimalism and, instead, looks to accommodate the natural clutter of a functional kitchen space. For example, the cooker often acts as a central focal point of the room, with a symmetrical design being implemented to either side through balancing the proportions of the room. This enables the floorspace to be more zonally designed, with a subsequent focus on the practical purpose of each separate space.

To further contrast more contemporary approaches, traditional kitchens work best with contrasting colour schemes to add a distinctive depth to the space. Be sure to pick two different colours that still seamlessly complement the rustic feel established through open shelving and wooden furniture, and look to implement these colours wherever possible – especially with decor and appliances.

With less of a focus on space and openness, one of the biggest appeals of a traditional kitchen approach is the freedom to be a little more creative with your walling and flooring. As such, why not go bold by opting for patterned tiles to add an extra dimension to the space? Alternatively, opt for some beige mosaic tiles to extend the classic rustic element of this tried and tested interior design.

Key takeaways:

  • Zonal floor plan
  • Rustic
  • Contrasting colour scheme for depth
  • Utilise appliances and features to extend theme
Traditional kitchen design

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Whatever style you’re feeling for your next kitchen renovation, you’re sure not to go wrong by implementing any of the designs above. For more information on how Tiles Direct can help you along the way, get in touch with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team today!

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