Details can make a project. From choosing the right handles to the right finish on the cabinets or the right edge detail for worktops. All of these final touches can help elevate a kitchen to the next level.
In this post, we give an insight into five components we loved adding to our designs in the last few years and also give a brief review of the industry partners we love working with.
Handles are our first topic, as they can add quite a bit of character to a kitchen project. When well set, with the right weight and aligned with the overall design of the kitchen, these elements can give any space a very special touch.
Multiple materials can be used to create timeless and luxurious handles, from brass to leader or stone. They can also have different finishes, from matte to lacquered or polished chrome. The versatility doesn’t stop there, as you can also have them in different colours, from gold to silver or black, or in different shapes, from circles to rectangles, squares or curves.
The prices can range anywhere from £2 to £45 per handle, depending on the material, weight and finishes chosen.
Overall, they are a great addition to any kitchen that wants to stand out in the little luxurious details.
Designer’s Tip: Have a look at Armac Martin’s handles. If you want variety, good taste and bespoke designs, this is the right place to shop.
2. Worktop Edge Details
Another highlight you can have for your kitchen that can make your countertop or central island all the more stunning - worktop edge finishes.
Worktops come to us in a variety of shapes, colours and textures. They can make your design visually distinct and provide you with durable surfaces that can last a lifetime. They can also have specific thicknesses and edges, sometimes sitting perfectly on top of the cabinetry, other times set in a way that gives the island a floating sensation.
Below are some examples, covering a range from shark nose to straight bevelled, bullnose, dove chest, or mitred.
Designer’s Tip: Have a look at the stunning finishes that Silestone has available. Their quality is brilliant, and their designs are quite versatile, adapting to pretty much any style you might want for your kitchen.
3. The perfect cooking experience
Whether you’re hosting for your friends or just cooking for the family, having a good set-up to cook makes your kitchen experience much more enjoyable.
Today, there are unlimited choices in the market for you to choose from, going from the stylish Rangemasters to gas, ceramic or induction hobs.
Depending on your layout space and where you want to place your cooker, there are multiple styles and sizes to choose from.
Designer’s Tips: If you want to set your hob on your island and enchant your guests with a marvellous show-off cooking class, we suggest the Bora’s stunning induction hobs that will leave you with a clean and minimal style.
If you want a more industrial, edgy and very stylish experience that combines a multifunctional oven and hob all in one piece, then Rangemaster is your best bet. Have a look at their stunning collection, full of colour and size choices.
For electric and gas hobs within a very good budget range, have a look at Miele’s market-leading products.
4. Hot water taps
Forget about your kettle or other water boiling appliances, these taps are the best new addition to your kitchen. Super functional and quick to use, they bring boiling water directly to you, making the cooking experience - or just your cup of tea - much quicker.
The best part yet is that you can find taps with great looks that won’t disturb your overall design, but instead will add to it.
You can find them with flexible pull-out hoses for extra reach in the sink, different shapes from round to square and different colours or textures, from a matt black to a variety of gold and silver polished finishes.
Designer’s Tip: Head over to Quooker for the best catalogue of hot water taps and lose yourself in their beautiful designs.
5. Butcher’s Block
The last element on this list is more a functional detail that can make a stand on your kitchen.
The butcher’s block is not a new concept- it has actually been around since medieval times- but it stays as an element that can make your space very effective without losing a design touch.
In terms of composition, its surface is made up of assembled wooden boards, bringing a warm element to your kitchen that never goes out of style. The butcher’s block is usually biodegradable and eco-friendly due to its natural layout, and it’s usually used as a cutting board, as it helps to maintain the sharpness of your knives.
The design can be adapted to your needs, with different sizes and functions, such as adding juice grooves on the edge to make it easy for the meat juice to collect, or setting the block on a small portable cabinet that you can bring close to your table to serve your guests.
Designer’s Tip: Although natural and minimal, this small worktop needs some care if you want it to last you a lifetime. Make sure to treat the surface with mineral oil and to use sandpaper to correct any scratches that have occurred.
Reach out to us if you need a bespoke butcher’s block designed!
When you’re designing your kitchen, there are a variety of elements that you can choose to make the design entirely bespoke to your taste and lifestyle. Many elements can make a difference in creating a space that is all the more special, but these 5 components are a great place to start.
If you need advice or want to find out more about any of these products, reach out to us and we can walk you through the different ranges and designs available in the market, as well as their budgets.
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Words by Sofia Gameiro Inacio and Rebecca Chan