How to Install a Modern Kitchen in a Traditional Home
It's wonderful to live in a period home or traditional country cottage. All those original features, wonderfully high ceilings and traditional Aga cookers. But any modern homeowner knows that the heart of the home is the kitchen, and, whether you use your kitchen to conjure up culinary delights or as the family meeting space, a contemporary kitchen is all the rage. But how to mix a contemporary new kitchen with a classic home?
Use stainless steel appliances
Stainless steel is a modern material, but it's also neutral in colour and can be used to great advantage in conjunction with traditional style painted kitchen units to give a contemporary yet classic look overall. If you do choose stainless steel appliances, such as a double oven or range cooker for example, make sure to pick special fingerprint-resistant finishes which wipe clean easily to avoid the smudge-prone look so typical of stainless steel.
Mix a range of kitchen units
Mixing a range of styles of kitchen units allows you to create an eclectic style using both traditional and modern units, which will soften the contemporary look of the kitchen but lift the classic elements. This look can be created by using wooden units within high gloss kitchens, for example. The eclectic look is all the rage at the moment, and it's a great way of introducing modern elements into a traditional kitchen without overwhelming the space.
Pay attention to the fixtures and fittings surrounding your kitchen units.
Whether you're installing a fitted kitchen or a free standing kitchen, the finishing touches are very important when blending the old and the new. For example, modern brick-style tiles will lift traditional kitchen units without being too contemporary, whereas classic flagstones or exposed floorboards will tone down high gloss kitchens. Similarly, pay attention to the likes of lighting and wall colours; neutral tones are always a good bet in a period home, as they will be more in line with what would have been used originally within the house, and will act as a plain backdrop for you to use any type of kitchen unit against.
As for lighting, although a chandelier might not be what you'd traditionally associate with a kitchen, this type of lighting works well to tone down very modern gloss kitchens or wood kitchens.
Work with what you have
Above all, use what has already been bestowed on you by the house. Although it may seem difficult to work with unlevel floors, irregular walls, awkward angles, fireplaces and high ceilings, a bespoke fitted kitchen will always get round these challenges. Why not use a large fireplace to house a country-kitchen style range cooker, for example?
Need inspiration for your traditional home? Visit Park Street Interiors!
If you are thinking of installing a modern kitchen in your traditional home, visit Park Street Interiors for inspiration. You'll have a range of kitchen units, as well as German kitchens and a variety of top brands such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh kitchens, to choose from. What's more, located within the same business park and also part of the Art of Living group, are the Stone Gallery and the Ceramic Tile Warehouse, so you can pick complementing tiles to suit your contemporary kitchen, too. And if you've got those aforementioned awkward angles and irregular walls to work around, don't despair: Park Street Interiors will be happy to help you bring a touch of modern to your classic home.