Classic kitchens with contemporary style

There’s no denying that a classic kitchen can look fabulous, especially in a period property.

The doorstyle is likely to have been influenced by a historical design, such as timeless Shaker or a more traditional ‘raised and fielded’ detail. Equally, the colour of a classic kitchen will be perceived to be a painted finish, typically a tone of cream. It’s at this point where the traditional styled assumptions should stop!

When we describe something as ‘contemporary’ we tend to assume it’s modern and minimal. Yet the word ‘contemporary’ actually means that the item or setting is in the present time. Therefore, a classic kitchen with contemporary style will have been bought up to date with clever, yet subtle detailing, that only a talented kitchen designer could suggest.

The new kitchen design will still pay homage to the era of property it has been installed in, but with carefully selected finishing touches such as considered lighting, seating types and even handles, the kitchen will exude contemporary looks, to meet with the demands of a 21st century kitchen.

Add subtle curves

Introducing curves into a kitchen design, especially if it’s more classically styled is sure to add a contemporary touch.

Add key detailing such as an inlaid chrome island worktop edge.

Add key detailing such as an inlaid chrome island worktop edge.

Consider a curved chrome profile edge detailing to a casual dining area or breakfast bar, to add a modern twist.

Combine textures and materials

Whilst a painted kitchen is certainly a classical choice, if other materials such as glass, stainless steel, chrome and lustrous wood finishes are used in the overall design, the kitchen will be transformed.

Mix organic shapes with classic looks for contemporary style.

Mix organic shapes with classic looks for contemporary style.

Mix key features

Great kitchen design is all about where to cite key features.

Combine state of the art features into a more traditionally styled kitchen to achieve 21st century looks.

Combine state of the art features into a more traditionally styled kitchen to achieve 21st century looks.

It isn’t just the units that need to be well planned but accessories such as light pelmet and cornice, synonymous with a classically style kitchen, in conjunction with trendy features such as plinth spotlights and stylish extractor hoods.

Create a fusion of classic and ultra modern elements.

Create a fusion of classic and ultra modern elements.

Juxtapose appliances

Whereas a wine chiller is considered a modern addition to a kitchen, the likes of an AGA or range cooker are thought of as more traditional, and with careful planning, it is possible to incorporate both into a new kitchen layout.

Great kitchen design is all about working with architectural features and the client’s wishes.

Great kitchen design is all about working with architectural features and the client’s wishes.

Introducing contemporary style into a classically designed kitchen requires skill, which is best left to the experts. By choosing Ray Munn Kitchens, regardless of whether your kitchen style is traditional, modern or anything in between, you can be certain that your new kitchen will exceed your expectations.

Get in touch today and let the designers at Ray Munn plan your new dream kitchen.