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Retro or Modern? How to Style Your Kitchen

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modern-kitchen-appliancesChoosing the perfect style for your kitchen can be tough. From sleek, ultra-modern kitchen equipment to classic, 1950s inspired appliances, finding the ideal blend of countertops, appliances, and accessories for your kitchen isn’t always easy. Mixing modern appliances and retro design features is a great way to style your kitchen.

One of the biggest choices would-be kitchen planners have to make is the overall aesthetic of their kitchen. Will you go with a modern kitchen, with sleek lines and brushed metal, or a classic kitchen that makes use of timeless design features?

Generally speaking, the ‘rule’ of kitchen design is simple: a modern home deserves a modern kitchen, and a classic home suits a retro kitchen. After all, consistency is one of the most important aspects of design, and a congruent kitchen certainly helps.

However, there’s a catch to the rule. While modern homes generally don’t look good with classic kitchens, a classic home – particularly one that’s been renovated to have a more modern interior – can look great with a sleek, ultra-modern kitchen.

It’s important to remember that kitchen design trends change fairly quickly, and a kitchen that seems ultra-modern today might not look so great in a decade. Kitchen features like circular islands and fold-out tables – once ultra-modern innovations – certainly don’t look as good today as they did in their historical heyday.

With that said, one of the best ways to strike a balance between classic and modern kitchen design is to stick to the timeless elements of a modern kitchen. Use timeless, classic elements like chrome and tiling alongside brushed metal and stainless steel.

Whichever option you choose, the standard rules of kitchen design still apply. Stick to a simple, consistent color palette and avoid anything overly bright or flashy. Use materials – wood, marble, or stainless steel – to create a theme for your kitchen.

Finally, go with a design that you like! The rules of kitchen design are loose, and it’s never worth fretting over design theory when it stops you from designing a kitchen that suits your tastes.

This article was written by BritanniaLiving.co.uk, one of the UK’s top manufacturers of range cookers and built-in appliances. Visit their website to learn more about building your dream kitchen.

Image courtesy of Atlanta-Scott at Flickr

Updated: May 23, 2013 — 10:08 am

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