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A Guide to Different Types of Kitchen Designs

Every family’s needs are different, and so are their preferences for kitchen designs. When designing a bespoke kitchen, we must consider those two factors to achieve a flawless end result. Combining clients’ preferences with the size and layout of their kitchens, The Main Company meticulously crafts each bespoke kitchen design to perfection. 

Read on as we shed light on five different kitchen designs and find the one that works best for you. 

Island Modular

Let’s start with an island modular kitchen design. These kitchen designs offer homeowners flexibility and workflow. The centrepiece, of course, is an island standing independently from the other parts of the kitchen, such as countertops and cabinets. Depending on the size of the room, islands may serve as an additional functional point or one for a family gathering. If we’re working with the smaller size kitchen, we might suggest using the island as an extra countertop for cooking and dining; in other scenarios, for example, our project in Broadfield, where the space is generous enough to accommodate all the necessary utilities within two as well as a dining table in the kitchen units, we might step back from adding practical use to the island and just make it a focal point for small family gatherings, chit-chatting and so on. 

Parallel Modular

Usually, parallel modular kitchens comprise two parallel walls for cabinetry and countertops. These kitchens are ideal for narrow spaces. They are designed to make the most of a small area, offering plenty of storage space and efficient workflow. In some cases, if the kitchen layout doesn’t allow a second wall for cabinetry but clients strongly prefer the parallel modular design, we’ll make an island act as a second ‘wall’ to mimic a similar layout. This was precisely the case with our Shad Thames project.

L Shaped Modular

Next, we have one of the kitchen designs that offers various design possibilities. The L-shaped kitchen is formed with two adjacent walls for cabinets and countertops, creating a corner for additional storage space and appliance placement. The ‘legs’ of the L shape can vary in length depending on the size and layout of the kitchen. For that reason, an L-shaped kitchen can work perfectly with both small and large size kitchens. The perfect example showcasing the L-shaped kitchen and its flexibility was the one we designed in Cobham. All rooms in this unusual-style cottage are on different floors, including the kitchen. Given the kitchen’s layout, we went with the L-shaped design that allowed us to add a corner larder at the end of one of the ‘legs’, making the most of the awkward space next to the stairs with built-in drawers and floor-to-ceiling shelving. Additionally, the L-shape ensures flexibility when working in the kitchen. Cooking, for example, is easier because you don’t have to run back and forth between the countertop and cabinets. 

U Shaped Modular

These kinds of kitchens comprise three adjacent walls for cabinets, countertops, storage spaces, and more, providing ample workspace across three sides of the kitchen. Ideal for larger spaces, U-shaped kitchens also offer flexibility and unrestricted workflow. This style allows for efficient storage and maximised counter space, making it a perfect solution for many households. Additionally, the U-shaped kitchen provides easier access to the sink, stove, and refrigerator. The U-shaped kitchens work just as well for smaller living spaces if that’s what homeowners are looking for, as was the case with the Chelsea project

Open Modular

Open modular kitchens are ideal for homeowners looking to combine cooking and entertaining in the same space. These kitchens feature an open-plan layout, integrating them with living or dining areas. One of our projects in Chester offered a perfect opportunity to design a truly open kitchen. Like many others, the homeowners saw the kitchen as a hub for everyday family gatherings and asked for our help bringing this vision to life. We had to eliminate barriers between rooms to create a spacious and airy feel within the kitchen. These kitchens require thorough planning and consideration of design elements; otherwise, we’re left with a room which is far from having spatial harmony and cohesion. We made sure to include plenty of storage for the items needed during cooking, as well as seating areas to encourage family conversations.

Wrapping it Up

At The Main Company, we dedicate ourselves to designing bespoke kitchens that are perfectly aligned with homeowners’ views and the space and layout of the room. We prioritise customer satisfaction and ensure that the kitchen meets the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality. We strive to create a space that is both practical and inviting, allowing homeowners to feel comfortable and truly at home!

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