KDCUK specialises in modern kitchens, and one question we’re often asked is ‘what’s best, a modern kitchen or a traditional kitchen?’ That question is impossible to answer because it really depends on your own tastes and preferences, as well as the style of your home and how you use your kitchen space.
The cooker is usually the central focus of a traditional kitchen – preferably a range, such as an Aga. A traditional kitchen uses a lot of natural materials such as wooden or marble worktops and stone floor tiles. It’s a classic look that is most likely to be found in older properties.
Modern kitchens, on the other hand, have a simpler, more minimalist appearance, and they are often quite bold in colour. They are built for high-tech living, with cleverly hidden appliances and innovative storage solutions. Handleless doors and drawers are a popular feature of modern kitchens as they help create a feeling of space and add to the streamlined design.
A modern kitchen is designed to be functional for modern living. Your kitchen designer will take your lifestyle and how you like to cook into account as part of the design, incorporating technology as well as appliances to make your modern kitchen functional.
Modern kitchen manufacturers such as Schüller and Nobilia create units and accessories that take modern kitchen gadgets and devices into account, so you can easily follow the recipe on your tablet as you bake without accidentally covering it in flour or spilling liquid on it.
A lot of thought goes into storage, and one of the joys of modern kitchens is the ease with which you can find what you’re looking for. Drawers can be divided to safely store everything from spice jars to crockery, so it’s as easy to reach the items at the back as it is to get hold of the ones at the front. And as our needs and habits change, manufacturers of modern kitchens develop ways to incorporate these requirements into cupboards and drawers. For example, adapted storage for all the different types of recycling we need to save.
Thought also goes into ways of keeping your kitchen looking as clean and uncluttered as possible, which is extremely important if you’ve adopted open-plan living. For example, Schüller has created a drawer with integrated scales and one with a multi-purpose slicer.
Having all your appliances and gadgets integrated into your modern kitchen means they’re behind closed doors, so when you’re not using the kitchen, all you see is a beautiful sleek space.
You may think that, in terms of longevity, a modern kitchen is going to be less well made, but kitchens made by manufacturers such as Schüller and Nobilia are designed to be hard wearing and long lasting, which means they’ll look great and be functional for many years to come.
Visit our North London showroom to see the latest Schüller and Nobilia modern kitchens and talk to our specialist kitchen designers about your new kitchen’s needs.