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Choosing a kitchen style is as challenging as it is exciting. With a blank canvas to design exactly how you want, there’s brainstorming to be done and lots of decisions to be made.

It is worth investing in this process as the kitchen is the heart of your home. Rushing into the project could cost you significant time and money if you get it wrong.

To help you get started, we have outlined the two most popular kitchen styles for you to weigh up, as well as some tips that will hopefully enable you to narrow down your choices.


Shaker kitchens

The name “Shaker Kitchens” originates from a mid-18th century religious sect called the Shaking Quakers (better known as Shakers), who pioneered simple, functional furniture with clean lines and exquisite craftsmanship.

You can spot this type of kitchen by examining the units, which have flat centre panels bordered by a raised rectangular frame.

The Shaker kitchen is a timeless style that is refined and minimalistic, adaptable to any home, whether a country farmhouse or a city penthouse. This is perfect if you desire a space that is classic and unfussy.

Linear (Modern) kitchens

For a simple design that is a little more contemporary, you cannot go wrong with modern sleek flat-fronted doors and drawers with concealed hinges to create smooth, continuous lines.

Linear kitchens are also very versatile, so you do not necessarily need a lot of space to make one work. In fact, even small, one-wall kitchens can become fresh and modern following this design.


By now you probably like the sound of some kitchen styles more than others. To further help in your final choice, consider some of the following factors:

The style of your home

Having a modern kitchen in a traditional home, and vice versa, is perfectly acceptable, but people generally choose a design that aligns with the property’s style.

In this scenario, choosing something more rustic would be sensible.

However, a simple Linear design could still achieve a great look with a few adjustments, like pairing it with a traditional oak worktop or ornamental knobs and handles to blend modern style with traditional detailing.

The space

All two kitchen types we have outlined are indeed suitable for any home but analysing your space can help you make decisions about some of the finer aspects of the design. A small kitchen will look bigger if in a neutral shade.

Another trick is to match the worktop with the splash back to create a seamless finish. And though an island may not be practical in a small kitchen, there are lots of alternatives that can maximise the room you have, like a neat breakfast bar.

Your personal tastes

The most important thing is that you need to love your kitchen. There is no point in choosing sleek and minimal because you think it is on trend when you actually prefer details and decoration.

Since you are the person who will be in this room every single day, make sure it is a space that reflects your personality and style. That could mean having it in your favourite colours, exploring different materials and textures, and incorporating personal touches like pictures and other accessories.

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