When equipping a kitchen, it is useful to see how others do it: borrow something, and give up something.
Our selection will help you not waste time searching for pictures.
Popular kitchen decoration styles
The interior of the kitchen does not have to belong to a certain style – many mix directions, borrowing a few successful details. For example, complementing minimalism with high-tech elements or introducing eco-style features into a modern interior.
To make it easier to navigate, we have highlighted the main characteristics of popular styles:
Despite the abundance of white and gray, the Scandinavian interior feels lively and warm. There is no place for ostentatious luxury. The result is a combination of natural light, textured surfaces, and natural materials: wood, matting, and linen.
Kitchen sets in such interiors do not stand out, but, on the contrary, serve as part of a single whole. So that they do not weigh down the perception, many abandon the upper modules, leaving only a hood, roof rails, and a couple of open shelves.
- Up to date
This style also gravitates towards the use of natural materials. But it is more focused on functionality when every part has a purpose. And even the islands that replace kitchen tables have built-in shelves and drawers.
Materials can be artificial and natural. The colors are deep, restrained, and complex. The fittings are concise. The advantage of modern style is versatility: it is suitable for large and small kitchens.
The best solution for busy people. There is nothing superfluous in a minimalist kitchen – it is easy to care for. There is no need to waste time wiping the embossed parts: the facades are smooth, with recessed handles or a hidden push-open mechanism, and the stove is divided into a hob and a built-in oven with a flat front surface.
The purity of the lines is emphasized by dispersed lighting: it performs zoning tasks, highlighting functional areas. For example, cooking and eating. And if the kitchen is large, then the recreation areas.
High-tech is characterized by a strict design. In its conciseness, it is similar to minimalism, but it involves the priority use of ultra-modern materials: mirror glass, chemically frosted steel, and plastic panels with a 3D image.
Wooden countertops are inappropriate here: they are often made of acrylic, imitating stone. The facades are deaf: without frames and decorative inserts. An interesting idea for a high-tech kitchen is to completely cover one of the walls with modules with smooth facades. Externally, this makes the space more “clean”. At the same time, a lot of storage space is generated.
Interior decoration and furniture In neoclassical cuisine, they exist in a single color scheme. Accents and contrasts are not typical for this style. The facades are straight, but not smooth: they can be decorated with lattices with large cells, frosted glass inserts, and embossed frames.
A good tip is to complement the color harmony with the echoing details of the design of the technique. For example, choose one shade for the faucet, hood trim, and oven handles: ideally, it can duplicate the color of the fittings on the facades.
The main trend of eco-style is the use of natural materials. On the top wood, bamboo, stone, clay, ceramics, natural fabrics: thick cotton and linen.
Despite the well-defined focus, eco-style is very mobile. It is easy to adjust to the overall style of the apartment. For example, it goes well with boho, ethnic, and Scandinavian interiors.
The palette of Provence is made up of delicate pastel colors: olive, turquoise, peach, and beige. This is a good option for kitchens located on the north side of the house and having a small area: light colors visually brighten and expand the space.
Floral ornaments can be used in the upholstery of kitchen chairs and curtains. The facades of the headset are decorated with figured frames and voluminous carved décor. The upper modules are equipped with glass doors and open shelves.
One of the most fashionable trends suitable for spacious kitchens. The main features are light soft colors, extreme minimalism, and the primacy of horizontal lines. The décor is dominated by wood, stone, and plants. Instead of curtains, there are bamboo blinds. The upholstery of the chairs is plain cotton and linen.
A zen-style set is the absence of the top row of drawers, milky or light wood facades, and a stone countertop. The lamps are spherical, cubic, or rectangular, hanging from the ceiling on long steel pendants.
- Japanese style
It is good because it is equally successfully implemented in compact and spacious rooms. It is characterized by conciseness, the predominance of natural materials, and calm colors: ocher, pearl, brown, and grassy green.
Recognizability is given by ethnic décor items: glass backsplash with the image of sakura branches, dark wood slats on the ceiling, and vases made in the kintsugi technique.
The set is closed with plain glossy facades without embossed inserts and fittings. Furniture for the dining area is selected from the one that is made of wood. Preferred shapes are simple, with right angles.
- Russian style
Characteristic features of the Russian style are simple wooden furniture, a cozy kitchen corner, and an imitation of a beautiful stove in place of a stove and hood. Of the décor, embroidered towels, painted decorative plates, and wall tiles with authentic ornaments are especially popular.
Porcelain stoneware or waterproof laminate imitating an aged board is placed on the floor. The walls are plastered, and painted in light gray or milky colors, reminiscent of simple whitewash.
When choosing a style, you should not focus only on fashion trends. Textures, colors, and details – all this is individual, and evokes different feelings. From all the variety, it is important to choose something that is pleasant to look at, what you want to touch. When choosing, take your time: look at and touch the samples, and listen to your feelings.
Cabinets with matte facades are in high demand in 2023 – they are chosen by the majority of those who make custom-made kitchens. There are many of them on showcase samples. There are two reasons: practicality – the matte surface does not emphasize dirt and fingerprints so much, and more accurate color reproduction – a gloss reflecting light makes the tones brighter, distorts them.
Another fashion trend is the imitation of natural materials on facades and kitchen wall panels. The source of inspiration is marble, granite, and anthracite. Matting, textured tweed, wood, and concrete are also popular. At the same time, the headset is rarely completely covered with such facades. More often, they are combined with monochromatic ones in different versions: for example, the bottom row and a high module with a built-in refrigerator are decorated with imitation, and monochromatic cabinets or with tinted glass doors are placed on top.
The walls are covered with decorative plaster or painted in neutral colors: latte, ivory, milky, steel, all shades of olive and gray-beige. Brick and stone panels are very popular.
Ceramic tiles and natural stone are more often on the floor.
Trendy colors for kitchens
For a while, bright neon shades were fashionable. Now they are also used, but less often: they have been replaced by restrained natural tones. First of all, natural: brown, green, blue. They are easy to combine with each other and dilute with related tones: sandy, sea wave, muted light green, and turquoise.
- Imitation wood
Wood shades are actively used in the design of all elements of the kitchen: they can be seen in the design of dining groups, on walls and facades, kitchen textiles, and floor coverings.
Imitation of dark wood – smoky oak, walnut, wenge – looks good in minimalist interiors. Light – birch, maple, beech, hornbeam, alder – in eco and scandi.
- Pastel colors
Delicate pastels are characteristic of Provence and neoclassicism. In the Scandinavian interior, it is also often used. But you need to be careful: pure pastel colors can simplify the interior, depriving it of volume.
To prevent this from happening, simple shades are replaced with complex ones: diluted, and muted. For example, white is replaced with milky, turquoise with greenish-blue or aquamarine, and beige with linen or powder.
- Gray tones
The smoky range is suitable for many styles. It all depends on the saturation of the tone: the darker it is, the more austere and monumental the interior detail looks.
In the kitchen, facades are often made gray. They turn out to be non-staining and serve as a calm background for an illuminated work area with a countertop. If you want to keep the interior in a warm palette, you should look for gray shades that cast yellowish-brown. In creating a cold one, you need to use those that give greenish and blue violet.
- Black & White
The black kitchen looks austere and brutal. White – light, airy. But in both cases, you need to observe the measure. It is useful to dilute dark tones with brightly lit or light areas: for example, make the facades black, and the countertop and apron light. Total white causes discomfort in most people. It is also better to use it partially, and supplement it with other colors: woody, beige, and gray.
White color is suitable for all styles, except high-tech. Black will be superfluous in Scandi, Provence, and Russian style. In modern and minimalist interiors, you can implement a contrasting black and white version.
- Beige color
If you look at the design of modern kitchens, most versions will be beige in a variety of manifestations – with shades of all known colors.
Pure beige is good for Provence and minimalism, appropriate in the Scandinavian and modern directions. Its advantage is the ability to create a psychologically comfortable atmosphere, warmth, and coziness.
The color of the walls is traditionally chosen according to the level of illumination: light colors – for dark rooms, and dark – for those on the south side with large windows. Since a kitchen set can occupy one two or even three walls, this principle applies to it as well.
The floor can be darker or lighter, differing from the color of the walls by two to four tones. Textiles – sustained in the general color scheme or serving as an accent.
Details and décor
It is better to think over the design details and décor in advance: at the stage of planning, choosing a style and color scheme. We paid attention to a few highlights:
- Bar & Island
It is worth building an island only if the kitchen area is 18 m² or more. It will not look in cramped spaces. It will also be inconvenient to use it.
The bar counter is more versatile. This is a good option for decorating a compact studio: high stools or chairs are placed on one side of the rack, and on the other, a sofa is turned towards the room.
- Fashionable apron
If we talk about fashion, many prefer aprons made of the same material as the countertop. This combination looks stylish, and allows you to perceive the entire cooking area as a whole.
Another fashion trend is a long narrow apron ending at a height of 20-25 cm from the countertop. They are more often equipped with kitchens without the top row of modules.
Of the materials, ceramic tiles, artificial stone, and glass with and without three-dimensional images are popular.
- Mezzanine storage
This is the name of the storage system located under the ceiling. Usually, they are an integral part of tall modules that cover the entire wall but can be mounted separately: for example, above the entrance to the kitchen or a number of standard upper cabinets.
The idea is especially useful for small apartments, where there is not much space for placing things, or storing kitchen utensils.
The ability of furniture to change profile depending on the use case is a global trend. In kitchens, it is expressed in different ways. In some versions, the cooking area is closed with sliding facades, and the kitchen set turns into a room cabinet. In other places, the lower drawers are given over to pull-out tables that can be used as a work surface or dining table.
Another popular option is with a drop-down island when the unfolded furniture is a full-fledged kitchen with a countertop, sink, and stove. Some models even accommodate folding chairs.
- Dining group
In spacious kitchens of 10 m² or more, the dining group can be placed in the center. In small ones, you have to move it to the wall or window: this should be taken into account when choosing the width of the chairs and the shape of the table.
The most compact are the stools. And the universal shape of the table is considered to be a circle – no one will have to sit near the corner at the round table.
To visually combine the dining area with the headset, the surfaces of the table and countertop are made similar to each other in color or texture. And sometimes they are completely created from the same material. But this is not necessary: the colors of the dining area can duplicate the shades of facades, backsplash, or accent details.
- Decorative accents
The accent is usually color – one shade, duplicated in different elements of the interior: on curtains, towels, and potholders, cutting boards, upholstery of chairs, or a kitchen corner.
Another option is to accentuate one of the walls: it looks harmonious in large rooms. However, more often, designers assign the role of a base to the wall covering – a calm monochromatic background for furniture. And as an accent, they use the saturated colors of the facades.
On a note. You can draw attention to individual elements of the interior with the help of local lighting and various textures.
- Smart Appliances
Chaotically located appliances in the kitchen can negate all efforts to bring beauty. To prevent this from happening, it is worth considering the location of each device in advance. Moreover, many of them can be built into the kitchen set without taking up space on the countertop.
Of the built-in smart appliances, coffee makers, refrigerators with remote diagnostics, ovens with a microwave function, a grill, and the ability to store your favorite recipes in memory are in the greatest demand. From the desktop – combines, multicookers, electric kettles.
If a smart home system is installed in the apartment, the management of smart appliances can be entrusted to it. You can also entrust her with shifting and pulling apart curtains, turning on music, and different levels of lighting: the working area above the countertop, sconces on the walls, shelves in the closet, and baseboards.
On a note. When choosing an appliance, check its compatibility with the smart home system. It happens that the device is subject to automatic control, but with each shutdown, it will lose its settings.
Fashion trends in the design of kitchens: spaciousness, functionality, minimalism – the absence of unnecessary details, clean forms.
Of the flowers, deep, restrained, complex, natural ones are popular: sandy, creamy, blue-green, and brown. In many headsets, you can see an imitation of natural materials: wood or stone.
Common types of wall decoration are decorative plaster and painting. Ceramic tiles, marble, and granite are placed on the floor.
Without design experience, you can choose one of the interior styles and decorate the kitchen without going beyond it. A more difficult approach is mixing details from different directions: in 2023 it is fashionable.
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