Designing a kitchen – from small and simple spaces to luxury kitchens with all the latest tech – can feel overwhelming. There are so many things to consider and take into account. Firstly, there are many different elements to the room, from the floors to the splashbacks to the units. There are colours, finishes and details to think about, and of course the layout is crucial as the room needs to be highly functional. Storage is important, as is cleaning and maintenance… the list goes on and on!
When making these choices it can be easy to forget your overall vision for the space. You may have started with an idea of how you want your kitchen to look, but that can easily get swept aside as hundreds of micro-decisions are made about the position of the light switches or the ideal length of the island. In particular, it can become difficult to visualise how all the elements will work together and whether the room as a whole will look cohesive – or whether it will end up as a bit of a mess!
In order to prevent the visual design of your kitchen from slipping out of your control, read our tips to help you plan a space that not only functions well but looks fantastic too…
Dove Grey glass splashbacks
Firstly, it’s important to stick to a narrow palette of around three colours plus a couple of accent shades. Any more than this can look busy and choppy and be quite confusing to the eye. Ideally, these colours should be similar or complementary to the rest of your home – it would be quite jarring to move from a pale and neutral living room to a brightly coloured kitchen, for instance. This applies to your hardware and small appliances as well as larger surfaces – black door handles, a copper cooker hood, a chrome kettle and brass taps, for example, would look messy and discordant, whereas a mix of satin nickel and stainless steel, which look very similar, would be far more harmonious. To keep things interesting, mix a few different finishes together – glossy glass splashbacks look great paired with wooden worktops, while high-shine hardware can give a visual lift to matt cabinets. Our glass splashbacks can be made in any shade you like, so will fit into any colour scheme without the need to shop around for a perfect match.
Bespoke Sparkle glass splashbacks
Support visual flow by installing continuous worktops and splashbacks around as much of the room as possible. Using different wall coverings in different areas of the room, for example, can look quite chaotic if too many colours or patterns come into play. Glass panels can be carried around two or three walls with very few joins, which looks particularly sleek and really brings the whole space together – ideal for luxury kitchens. If you don’t need to protect every part of the room and would rather leave one or two walls painted, we can match the splashback to the paint to achieve the same visual cohesiveness. Keeping cupboards, ovens and fridges at the same depth also helps to create this sense of streamlined precision, so your eye can travel over a pleasingly smooth sweep of units.
Antiqued Metallic glass splashbacks in “Grey Storm”
Aiming for symmetry and balance in your kitchen can really help the overall look of the space. Of course the exact layout you choose will depend on the size and shape of your room, but ensuring there is equal visual weight on each side can help to create the impression of harmony and cohesion. If there’s only space to put cabinets on two sides, in an “L” shape, try adding some shelving to the opposite wall to balance things out. It’s also important that cabinets, islands and other surfaces are roughly the same height, to draw the eye across the whole space rather than forcing it to move up and down between different areas. Finally, don’t forget to leave plenty of landing space either side of sinks and hobs – this is not only practical but is also visually restful as its stops things looking cramped and confined.
Bespoke digitally printed glass
Once your space has flow and balance it’s great to add a focal point the eye can rest upon – but try to ensure there’s only one! If you have a wonderful garden view that’s framed by a large window or bi-fold doors, as seen in many luxury kitchens, you may not need another dramatic element in the room. But if the space is somewhat lacking in built-in features or picturesque vistas, it’s worth adding a unique or unusual ingredient that anchors the rest of the interior. The idea is to create a visual centrepiece that becomes the main focus of the room, with the rest of the space radiating out around it. A glass splashback behind the hob, for instance, is ideal for this as any kind of bright or eye-catching design can be produced. From a sparkle or metallic finish to a digitally printed image, this is a great opportunity to personalise the space in a practical way.
“Bold White” glass splashbacks
Behind closed doors
Keeping surfaces clear will really help your kitchen look pulled together and will show it off at its best. Take a look at all your crockery and cooking equipment and be honest about how much storage you really need – it’s probably more than you think! Also ensure that you put cupboards and drawers where they’re needed, eg, a rack, small cupboard or shelving unit for spices and oils is handy next to the cooking area, while it makes sense to put deep drawers or units near the dishwasher for easy unloading. If you want to achieve a sleek and sophisticated look, consider bespoke worktop storage, such as roll-top cubbies, for hiding away small appliances. And adding sockets in unusual spots, such as the side of an island, allows you to keep electrical equipment tucked out of sight as you won’t have to move it far to make use of it.
For more information, please contact us and we’ll be very happy to help.