Choosing the right kitchen for your period property

Posted in Blog
07 January 2019

Find the perfect german kitchen design for your period property.

With the vast array of styles available, it’s now much easier to find the right kitchen design for your period property. You may prefer to have a kitchen that replicates the era of your home, or you could choose to combine traditional with contemporary. Some of the most popular period kitchens retain a rustic charm while at the same time include all the modern conveniences we now rely on.

Let’s take a look at some of the basic things to consider when designing your period kitchen.

Work with existing features

Your starting point should be to take in the overall shape and feel of your kitchen. Does it contain features that you will need to work around or incorporate into the design?

Chimney breasts and fireplaces, exposed brickwork, original flooring, high ceilings, alcoves, beams or cornicing all bring a period charm and character to your home. Therefore, your kitchen should be designed to harmonise with these special features.

For example, if you have attractive cornicing make sure your cabinets don’t detract from it – instead, choose lines or curves that will work with it. If there’s existing wood such as ceiling beams in your kitchen, ensure the materials you use for your cabinets and worktops blend effectively with the timber.

Check out different cabinet styles

With so many types and styles of kitchen cabinets available, you should be able to find one to complement the period of your property.

Shaker and country style kitchens are highly versatile and can be suited to many different eras whereas Georgian or Victorian designs are more specific. Farmhouse kitchens are ideal for rustic, country houses.

All of these styles of cabinets can be adapted to fit your space and overall kitchen design. Other elements such as marble or timber worktops can be used to enhance the style you’re aiming for while cabinet and drawer handles can be changed to add further period detail.

Plan how to use the space you have

The layout of period properties is often very different from that of contemporary houses. You may have to take into account odd angles, recesses and alcoves. The trick is to turn these into storage areas.

Bespoke, built-in cabinets can make the most of every crevice and corner. Plus, you can maximise storage with integrated carousels, swing-out corner shelves, pull-out wire shelves, internal drawers, and storage baskets.

In fact, the more internal cupboard storage you have, the more you can maximise space without detracting from the period style of your kitchen. However, too many cabinets in one kitchen can make it feel overcrowded. To avoid this, break up a run of cabinets with open shelving, plate racks, or include a couple of glass fronted cupboards.

Glass fronted cabinets are a great way to show off attractive period pieces of china or glassware.

Suit your kitchen to your lifestyle

Although traditional kitchens used to be planned around three main areas – the cooking space, the larder and the sink – today’s focus is different. Cooking has become a family activity, and there’s more emphasis on dining in the kitchen.

However, you can still work with a period kitchen layout but adapt it to suit your lifestyle. Dining space, breakfast bars, or freestanding islands can be included to help you harmonise your kitchen design with your personal needs.

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