When planning a kitchen, design options abound from all directions. You could go minimalist, contemporary or industrial, or you can choose a variety of other options. Here are several ideas to inspire your imagination.
Minimalist kitchens with sleek, smooth, unfussy surfaces can create calming and peaceful environments. Your senses will relax without an overload of bright colours and detail. However, at times these designs can feel bland and sterile and lack personality.
To get the best of both worlds, construct a mainly minimalist kitchen space, but incorporate one or several contrasting elements. For instance, what about a gorgeous cobalt blue and white tile splashback against smooth, white cupboards, doors and benchtops? Echo the striking blue in an accent wall painting, and unite it with a statement pendant light to imbue your peaceful kitchen with interest and contrast.
One colour across an entire wall of cabinets can produce a flat effect — however, two different tones provide a sense of dimension and interest. You could, for instance, install dark charcoal, navy or matte black doors on the lower cupboards and white doors on the upper ones. Using the deeper colour underneath the counter grounds the design. Additionally, high white cabinets give a kitchen an airy, light feel. This contrast more closely mimics the furniture layout within a standard room, in which couches, buffets and so on sit at ground level.
Don't forget about contrast in terms of materials as well. You can reserve timber for bottom cabinets and glass for upper ones, for example. Or, you could combine two pale colours, such as light blue and white. Be careful to harmonise the countertop and splashback hues and materials with both cupboard levels.
To imbue your kitchen with an industrial feel, incorporate plenty of metal into the space. Install stainless steel counters against a brick splashback. Source and repurpose other metal items and put them to work. For instance, use old truck springs for stools by building a seat on top. The ornate ironwork of a vintage sewing machine makes excellent legs for an extra countertop. What about trimming rusty corrugated iron fencing into cupboard doors? And don't leave out reclaimed pendant lights from old factories or workplaces.
Timber flooring, countertops and furniture will warm up the metalwork and provide a contrast. The panels within old solid wood doors can form unique and attractive panelling for the side of kitchen islands and other areas to add to the aesthetic. Your home builders can provide you with more design ideas for your exciting new kitchen.