Modern-day kitchens are no longer just defined by cabinet door styles, but by the features integrated into them -whether this be appliances, technology or quirky design features. The explosion of new products and innovative features has led to us spending more time in our kitchens than ever before, transforming them from purely functional spaces to ‘living spaces’ –and leading homeowners and designers to think outside the box when it comes to creating an ultimate lifestyle experience. Here’s just some of the unique design ideas gaining popularity:
Modern-day kitchens are no longer just defined by cabinet door styles, but by the features integrated into them -whether this be appliances, technology or quirky design features.
The explosion of new products and innovative features has led to us spending more time in our kitchens than ever before, transforming them from purely functional spaces to ‘living spaces’ –and leading homeowners and designers to think outside the box when it comes to creating an ultimate lifestyle experience.
Here’s just some of the unique design ideas gaining popularity:
As open plan kitchen/dining spaces continue to soar in popularity - so too has the desire to incorporate ‘bootility’ rooms into kitchen redesign plans.
While open plan kitchens/diners provide the perfect hub of a home for family living, the downside can be that precious storage space is lost. Designating an area just off the main kitchen, ideally near the back entrance, is the perfect place for a ‘bootility’ room -incorporating utility features and space for coats, boots and bags. It really is the most practical space you can create, and are particularly invaluable for families with a focus on outdoor pursuits, providing additional storage under seating areas that can hide away wellies, walking boots and trainers.
It’s not all about storage though -well-designed boot rooms provide the practicality to suit the needs of the whole family while keeping the design aesthetics in line with the rest of the kitchen by installing the same cabinetry designs. By making the most of design features such as tall cupboards with under seating storage, you’ll be able to pack things away that you don’t require on a da-to-day basis but need occasionally, while artisan shelving with coat pegs for jackets, hats and bags means your essential items are easily at hand when you want them.
There’s no reason everything in your dream kitchen shouldn’t have its own rightful place – including a place for your perfect pooch.
With a tendency to sleep for up to 12hours a day, your loveable pal need a special and comfy place to relax, and the kitchen provides a perfect place to do just that, whilst also creating a stunning feature that will get people talking.
If you’re having a new kitchen fitted, you can incorporate a cozy den within the design, such as making the most of space under a worktop or breakfast bar or by having a separate piece of bespoke furniture made to match the style of your units that includes space where you could tuck a cosy bed or blanket for your beloved pet.
Say the word ‘pantry’ and your mind may immediately be drawn back to your nan’s house – a messy, out-of-date storage space hidden away from sight or forgotten about, used as a collection point to throw anything and everything into.
But pantries are no longer the poor relation of the kitchen make up – and many more homeowners are discovering that a beautifully organised and designed pantry space can make your kitchen life a whole lot easier – whilst creating a stunning talking point feature to boot.
There’s many ways to incorporate a stunning pantry to showcase, not hide away. How about adding chalkboards to your pantry doors to write down the ingredients you’re running out of or a dinner plan for the week ahead? Or using sliding ‘barn doors’ to create a stunning feature that can be opened up or hidden away whenever you feel? If you haven’t got space fora built-in pantry, maybe a bespoke freestanding ‘wardrobe-style’ unit would be the perfect choice to create a pantry to make you proud?
A seamlessly integrated aquarium can create a wow factor in any kitchen and fast becoming the ultimate life style accessory to incorporate into homes.
They add light, colour, movement and a feeling of space, and are incredibly versatile with an infinite variety of sizes and shapes to fit into any space.
If you’re considering an aquarium, making provisions at the initial design stage is a must – just as you would treat any other appliance in terms of supplying it with water and electricity -even if you are not planning to install it immediately, as retrofitting can be expensive.
You don’t need endless space to create your own mini bar inside your kitchen – but you can guarantee it will be a talking point nevertheless.
Maybe you could consider sacrificing one of your lower cupboard spaces for a glass-fronted fridge or utilising the space underneath your kitchen island to showcase your wines, beers and beverages? If storage is key, and every nook and cranny is already filled for functionality, consider using a partially hollowed beer barrel to display spirits in a quirky way.
As kitchen designs move towards creating the ultimate lifestyle experience, more than just a practical space for functional living, there’s no better time to be bold and brave with features that will get people talking.
With nearly 40 years of experience under our belt, here at Aristocrafts Kitchens & Bedrooms, we are proud to offer a fantastic range of luxury fitted kitchens, bedrooms and home studies to suit every taste and budget.
Our team of award-winning designers have created a rich selection of high-quality products and styles, ranging from timeless classics to contemporary solutions. Explore our range below to find your perfect kitchen, bedroom or study, today.
Prefer to meet us in person? Come to see us in one of our kitchen showrooms near you - we have local showrooms in Merry Hill, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.