News - 22.03.18
The elements of urban kitchen design
From industrial apartments to period townhouses, homes in large cities and bustling capitals always present a great opportunity to incorporate elements of urban kitchen design. Overall, urban kitchens should reflect the vibrant environments in which they are built while providing a retreat from its high-pressure and fast-paced atmosphere. Regardless of your interior aesthetic, the kitchen should always be a space for relaxing, socialising, cooking, and serving meals. Perfect the stylings of urban kitchen design in your own space by making note of the following tips to help you find that balance of practicality and metropolitan flair. Let’s start with the basics.
Experimentation is key
The urban aesthetic is all about experimentation. Bold colours paired with geometric forms, unusual textures expressed with modern materials, and making unconventional design choices in search of your favourite look. In other words, the urban kitchen is perfect for bringing form and function to your space in more exciting ways. If you usually shy away from incorporating those more ‘out-there’ patterns and shapes, now is the time to break out and try new things. This will involve expressing your individuality as a designer.
Playing around with decor and accessories presents a great way to express your personality: consider using posters, wall hangs, ornaments, books, statues, and plants in your kitchen. Nothing says urban like a brick wall filled with artwork and photography, so consider shopping in local vintage stores and online artist sales. Express your unique sense of style in the art you choose to display. If you’re an artist yourself, why not proudly display your own work in the kitchen for guests to admire over dinner? Those who prefer a more nostalgic aesthetic can incorporate vintage wares and retro decor, as such elements blend in seamlessly with the colours and textures commonly used in urban interiors. Sometimes even the most contemporary of designs can do with a little tinge of the past.
Reflecting the urban environment
Just as rustic interiors reflect and celebrate the types of colours and textures found in nature, urban interiors have a tendency to draw upon the qualities that make metropolitan environments so exciting, unique, and charming. Industrial materials like stainless steel and concrete offer fail safe ways of bringing the defining features of rugged urban environments into your space – they also make for extremely durable and attractive additions to a room as practical as the kitchen.
You can gather inspiration for your urban kitchen by taking cues from modern cafes and restaurants, which are increasingly favouring this interesting blend of industrial and rustic modern stylings. Sometimes the best ideas come from a light bit of research and observation!
Just remember that, contrary to what many think, urban kitchens do not always resemble warehouses and factories. Such spaces are to be lived in, after all. They are designed as social and functional spaces for cooking and sharing meals with our loved ones. Indeed, many people describe the urban aesthetic as one which takes elements of harsher designs and gives them a softer, brighter, more homely edge. For instance, a cold concrete floor can be spruced up with a selection of Moroccan rugs, an exposed beam can be painted in muted tones, or a rugged wood floor can be given a matte finish.
Celebrate your worktops
More conventional kitchen designs tend to play it safe when it comes to islands and worktops, opting for materials and colours which help tie the surrounding interior together rather than those which stand out. Urban kitchen designs, however, are all about making bold statements.
The kitchen island helps draw attention to the innate beauty in a raw slab of material by leaving it to speak for itself and positioning it as the centrepiece of the room. Choose a material which you are drawn to for its inherent qualities: its colouring, its form and texture, its natural finish. Rather than simply having your worktops recede into the overall design scheme of your kitchen, urban kitchens allow you to truly celebrate your worktops.
The urban kitchen is a great place for making a striking design statement. For instance, free standing furniture allows you to make a statement by playing with interesting forms and materials. From chairs and stools, to lamps and tables, choosing the right furnishings can truly define a space. Urban kitchens often feature minimalist furnishings: think tables with spindly legs that create a ‘floating’ effect, decluttering your eye line and opening up floor space below.
Pendants are not only great for achieving an eye catching combination of light and colour above your kitchen worktops. They are also standalone design statements in their own right, often approaching the status of sculptures as well as lighting fixtures. A beautifully designed pendant can look almost ethereal when made to stand out against the right worktop materials.
Honesty in design
There is something undeniably honest about the urban kitchens found tucked away in our cities. They give homeowners the freedom to express themselves and incorporate an eclectic mixture of different styles without worrying about interior trends. Make the most of open structures which prove that you have nothing to hide. Lots of untreated flooring left to breathe without rugs, indoor herb gardens and potted plants for hint of the natural, undressed floor to ceiling windows allowing inviting impressive city views into the space – the possibilities are endless. You can also make proper use of architectural features unique to your space such as exposed brickwork, industrial beams, or large steel windows for that raw urban character.
Minimalism has been a defining trend in kitchen design throughout the past decade. If being incredibly organised is more your style, then sleek and simple urban interiors would make for an efficient design choice. But you don’t have to go minimal just for the sake of going minimal. Urban design is about crafting your perfect atmosphere in spite of trends and fashions!
Although minimalist kitchens are of course perfectly compatible with urban homes, they are also great spaces to unleash that inner maximalist too. Think open shelving proudly displaying a range of colourful and exciting dinnerware, walls filled to the brim with a range of posters and wallpapers, and couches buried in a mishmash of cushions and throws.
The urban kitchen is best fitted with the most up-to-date technology. After all, urban design is as much about efficiency as it is about aesthetics, so why not pair your cosmopolitan designs with equally as cosmopolitan appliances? Integrated electronics and smart appliances are all the rage with urban kitchen designs, reflecting the city-dweller’s need for top-level efficiency and on-trend homeware. In the urban kitchen, everything works just as it is supposed to – no more fussing about and swearing at your oven.
For a helping hand in designing your new kitchen and a friendly chat with a professional designer, contact the award-winning team at Burnhill Kitchens! We’ll be happy to offer you our expertise in all things interior design, whether urban, traditional, rustic, or modern.