Redesigning your kitchen can feel overwhelming but, if you’ve decided on the style you want you’re off the starting blocks and on your way to a stunning and practical space! So what makes a great contemporary kitchen? Clean lines, luxurious gloss, built-in appliances and lots of clutter-free storage solutions help to create the look but today’s kitchen also tackles practicality head-on.
For a kitchen that you will love for decades, multi-tasking appliances which make your life easier need to be top of your list. Everything from washing clothes to cooking dinner should be less time-consuming, simpler to carry out and even more pleasurable with your new appliances. These design kitchen ideas will help you create a kitchen that not only looks great and connects emotionally but also performs to the highest level.
Uncluttered, often minimalist, glossy, rich woods or polished chrome – all of these elements combine to create a stylish contemporary kitchen. A top tip is to install banks of floor-to-ceiling cupboards so that everything can be stored away, leaving worktops uncluttered and giving a cleaner look. A design element that everyone seems to want – and with good reason – is an island. Not only do they look great, they serve as a social hub where family can gather or friends can sit as you’re preparing dinner. Clever islands also serve as mini-kitchens, incorporating anything from a sink, to a hob, to a dishwasher, to an oven, freeing up space in the rest of the kitchen.
Your kitchen appliances should work hard, performing multiple tasks to make your life easier and improve your cooking/cleaning/washing experience. For example, Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances offer a number of functions and some can even morph into different devices.
The CoolDrawer concept is a great example – a cooling drawer, it can be installed wherever best suits your needs and changes function with the touch of a button. Depending on what you need it to do, on any one day it could be a freezer, refrigerator, cooler, wine fridge or pantry.
The must-have appliance is the induction cooktop, which offers fast and efficient heat, increased safety, and a totally flat surface that adds to your design kitchen. Ovens should be flexible, with grill, recipe functions, and even the ability to clean themselves. Fridges and freezers should be energy efficient, adaptable, and spacious. Washing machines should be quiet and offer a variety of functions to keep your clothes looking great. Above all, from a design perspective, everything should seamlessly fit and match the overall scheme.
Ultimately, you need to decide how you will use your kitchen and what you need it to do. If you regularly entertain, you want an island, a bar, or a table for guests to gather as you prepare the meal. Want a no-fuss kitchen? Consider easy-to-wipe surfaces and clever positioning of appliances so that you don’t have to move about too much. If sustainability and energy-awareness is important to you, choose energy efficient appliances, fridges which keep food fresher for longer and units crafted from recycled wood.