In last week’s blog, we looked at German kitchens and how they can add a modern and contemporary touch to your kitchen space. Today, we’ve got Victorian homes in the spotlight as we share our top tips on how to add that designer wow-factor.
If you’re planning on keeping the timeless appeal of your Victorian kitchen then stick to classic colour palettes – much like you’d see in a farmhouse style kitchen. Once you’ve decided on materials and finishes for your cupboards and worktops, we recommend sticking to shades like grey, beige, duck egg blue and off-white.
Unlike modern homes, Victorian homes are usually quite spacious – boasting kitchens significantly larger than average. To make the most of this space, take elements from German kitchen design to enhance the look, feel and functionality of your kitchen. We recommend installing a kitchen island and a casual dining space, like a breakfast bar, in addition to your formal dining area.
One of the best ways to update your Victorian kitchen is to bring in modern elements while retaining the more traditional features and materials too. High gloss cabinets and Corian can be used for your cupboards and work surfaces and wood for your furnishings, such as your kitchen table. High gloss surfaces also have the added advantage of creating a brighter, airy kitchen space too.
Victorian style homes and architecture are the perfect complement to the industrial trend. While contemporary, industrial design features serve to complement the unique style and high ceilings commonly found in a Victorian home. Some of the things you might like to consider are exposed bricks, industrial style hanging lamps, and materials like copper and chrome to complement your simple colour palette and warm up your home.
Unlike many modern properties, which benefit from kitchens looking out to the garden or backing on to a conservatory, Victorian homes tend to lack that quality of light. Whatever kitchen style you decide on, we recommend improving the light in your kitchen space with glass doors, new windows, or skylights.
Just because your design combines old and new, doesn’t mean you need to choose less modern appliances. Transform the functionality of your kitchen with modern appliances from Neff and other top-notch features like the Quooker Tap.
At Kitchen Design Centre we’ve worked with kitchens old and new. One of our favourite transformations, however, has to be that of this traditional, old kitchen, which we modernised for its owners. The new features include an island working space, glass doors opening out to the garden, and the best in modern appliances. The result? – An all-purpose luxury living space.
If you’re tempted to modernise your Victorian kitchen, why not take a look at the contemporary kitchen styles we have available? You can also view our newest contemporary kitchens at one of our designer kitchen showrooms.