Kitchens are more than just a place to cook. They provide a backdrop to a variety of occasions, from enjoying a coffee with friends to hosting family get-togethers. Thus, it’s vital that your new space reflects your style and creates the perfect ambience. However, narrowing down your ideas and translating them into an elegant and cohesive design isn’t easy. One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to opt for a modern or traditional kitchen. To help you figure out which is right for you, we’ll be explaining the difference between the two and sharing some inspiring design ideas.

What’s the difference between a modern and a traditional kitchen?

The main difference between modern and traditional kitchens is their appearance. Traditional kitchens take inspiration from the Georgian and Victorian eras. They normally feature framed cabinet fronts (invented by the Shakers in the mid-1700s) and intricate, curved cornices. You might also expect to find a ceramic Belfast/Butler sink or a range cooker. They tend to evoke a more charming and homely feel.

Modern kitchens are generally characterised by flat ‘slab’ doors and pared-back styling. Integrated appliances help achieve a minimal look. Handleless kitchens also fall into this category. As the name suggests, instead of traditional pull handles, they either feature a push-to-open mechanism or a recessed trim, allowing you to grip the door itself. This can make them tricky for people with limited dexterity to open.

Both modern and traditional kitchens offer the potential to incorporate clever practical solutions like corner optimisers, extra wide drawers, pull-out larders or pantry cupboard systems, and high-tech appliances. However, while there are a few practical differences to consider, the main deciding factor when choosing a kitchen style is the kind of look and feel you want to create.

What are the benefits of opting for a traditional kitchen?

Thanks to their elegant, classic detailing, traditional kitchens effortlessly exude sophisticated character and charm. They will naturally bring warmth and personality to your space and look great painted in a range of colours, from subtle neutrals to vibrant primary hues. Plus, since they are based on a design that’s been around for over 200 years, they aren’t likely to go out of fashion any time soon!

What are the advantages of a modern kitchen design?

Modern kitchens are ideal for anyone who loves clean, minimalist interiors. Their clutter-free, streamlined finish promotes impressive versatility, allowing you to create a dramatic centrepiece or embrace a calming and elegant, pared-back look. With their sleek and uncluttered styling, modern handleless kitchens can even make a small kitchen look more spacious. Their flat front is also easy to clean, making them a great low-maintenance option.

Here’s how to achieve the best of both worlds…

Still can’t decide which style to go for? Here are some fantastic design ideas to help you achieve the best of both worlds…

The Handleless Shaker Kitchen

Combining the charming framed fronts of a traditional kitchen and the streamlined finish of a modern interior, the handleless shaker is perfect for anyone struggling to choose between the two. Consider opting for a dark forest green or navy blue hue to bring a classic yet stylish edge to your scheme.

Bold Modern Accessories

There are endless ways to style a traditional shaker kitchen to reflect your personality and establish a more modern feel. The eye-catching blue splashback and striking bar stools in the kitchen below add a chic contemporary quality to the space. The two-tone colour scheme also brings a pop of vibrancy to the room without overwhelming the overall design. Knurled brass T-bar handles add an on-trend, vintage-inspired finishing touch.

Beautifully Curated Shelving

There are plenty of ways to add character to a contemporary kitchen if you’re leaning towards a more modern design. Displaying your crockery, cookbooks, or houseplants on open shelving is a lovely way to soften your scheme, breaking up clean lines and adding a personal touch. Plus, installing open shelving instead of wall cupboards will bring a more open and spacious feel to your room.

Warm It Up With Deep Colours & Natural Textures

Modern kitchens don’t have to look cold and clinical. Dark graphite and luxurious walnut veneer cabinets introduce a stylish yet cosy feel to this contemporary kitchen. The vintage pendant lights and exposed brick feature wall also bring a characterful and stylish industrial feel to the design.

Whether you go for a traditional or modern kitchen design really comes down to personal taste. However, you can rest assured that, whichever style you choose, you’ll find plenty of ways to put your own spin on your space. If you would like to discuss your ideas with our knowledgeable and friendly team, simply give us a call on 0115 9308408 or email [email protected].