5 Different Types of Kitchens and How They Differ

Bespoke kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, but there are 5 main styles which are on-trend and will place your kitchen as the focal point of your home

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Renovating any room in your home is a challenge as you are likely to incur extra expenses, have to consider form and functionality, and keep in mind the durability of the materials you use. Committing to your dream kitchen is a big decision, including choosing the correct kitchen company and cabinet makers. Any sub-par carpentry or joinery will show in the quality of any handmade kitchens.



The key is to collaborate as much as possible with your kitchen designers, so you get the highest quality showroom-standards you deserve. As a homemaker, this means knowing what you want, communicating it thoroughly, and taking advice from professionals.

“The key is to collaborate as much as possible with your kitchen designers, so you get the highest quality showroom-standards you deserv”

Note the significant variances in prices. A custom-made kitchen will range from £18,000 to £50,000. You are paying for the craftsmanship of whichever cabinet maker you have chosen. Theirs is simultaneously a design service, high-quality joinery, and an existing selection of fitted kitchens which speak to individual tastes and desires.


You benefit from a turnkey solution that takes in years of kitchen collections made by the company and presents them to you in an easy-to-digest, succinct manner.


The internet is a treasure trove of information to help you learn more about luxury kitchen design and how you can get the best fit for your home. In the custom design world, there are go-to kitchen ranges that you can choose from. We will discuss 5 of the most popular types of bespoke kitchens that you can choose from.

Shaker Kitchens

Shaker furniture had stood the test of time. This is primarily because Shaker’s traditional kitchen is functional, elegant, and simple. The Shaker style uses natural materials (mainly solid wood) and has no ornamentation.


Shaker style kitchens are still in high demand today. Nowadays, the entire kitchen can feature innovative lighting and shelving schemes. The kitchen style of Shaker is sleek and trendy. It has developed as a strictly practical kitchen style from its humble origins. Shaker style has entered a multitude of modern kitchens and continues to inspire homemakers to make kitchens a focal point in their homes. Shaker carpentry and joinery are accurate, construction is sophisticated and performed by skilled craftsmen, and the style is synonymous with elegant simplicity.


The beauty of the Shaker style kitchen gives it a timeless design, without extraneous embellishments which might easily date the furniture.

Of all the kitchen styles mentioned in this article, the Shaker style is the most traditional and conservative.

Classic Kitchens

The classic kitchen is considered timeless but not removed from the latest developments in designer kitchens. So, they remain popular. The classic kitchen style gives you the conviction that your kitchen design will have longevity and remain an aesthetic advantage for your home.


These kitchens offer a multitude of diverse cabinetry and chic colours. Nowadays, you can choose from a variety of in-frame door models or conventional lay-on designs. An in-frame door is the go-to choice of cabinet and is a kitchen door, which is inset inside a frame. We know this frame as a ‘carcass’ and with the in-frame door, it provides a means for extra storage solutions in your kitchen.


It is possible to capture a modern feel with in-frame doors because they are custom-made to fit their structures.


In terms of colour, if you desire a darker kitchen aesthetic, you must integrate white (or other light coloured) kitchen cabinets more intelligently. All-white cabinets are more aligned with the classic kitchen than any other bespoke style. If you are looking to go dark, then another kitchen style might suit your needs.


Maintaining a simple, light paint palette with several dark highlights here and there, will keep the area bright and minimalist. You will have an objectively beautiful kitchen.

Contemporary Kitchens

The embodiment of the streamlined, minimalist style is the contemporary kitchen. This kitchen style is practical, and often imaginative in design, with its dark wood or black cabinetry, fresh white countertops, and stainless-steel appliances.The contemporary kitchen is the direct inverse of the classic kitchen, in colour, and general impression.


Homemakers can consider mixing dark cabinets with white countertops built from marble or granite stone. Stainless steel appliances fit well with the bespoke kitchen design because they are on-trend. You should keep countertop clutter to a minimum and opt to place extra tools and attachments in discreet storage areas instead. Extend the stainless-steel look with polished silver handles on the cabinets.


Consider that the silver-esque appearance is also enhanced by polished chrome taps and stainless-steel light fixtures. Pick a minimalist floor design such as slate grey tiles, white liquid linoleum, or white marble. Do not be afraid to have interesting colour bursts in the kitchen. Add a bright red vase or lemons in a fruit bowl or something similar to the worktops. It will add a muted sense of extravagance to the entire contemporary style. 


Another, highly visible centrepiece feature is the kitchen island. An s-kitchen island is en vogue, and it creates a wave-like aesthetic in the centre of your refurbished or new kitchen. This island form is excellent for handleless cabinets that open using a push-lock as it will look seamless and smooth.

Transitional Kitchens

There are both modern and traditional design elements in a transitional kitchen. This style is great because it allows anyone to have a kitchen that blends into an older home’s architectural style while preserving modern functionality.

Transitional kitchens are an excellent platform for someone who needs a balance between contemporary and traditional kitchens.

Transitional kitchen components include:

  • Geometric, clear, and functional lines in worktops, kitchen island, cabinets, and other bespoke components.
  • Industrial lighting all over the kitchen.
  • With countertops, the lighting is usually traditional lighting fixtures.
  • Cabinets which draw inspiration from the Shaker style or are Shaker doors.
  • A mixture of natural materials and artificial components in earth tones.
  • Little to no wall decorations in the form of images or otherwise.

Transitional style means that you can put textured stone tiles in one part of the kitchen, and hardwood in another part. These juxtapositions work well if you want a heavier feel to your cabinets such as an oak kitchen, or mahogany kitchen.

This kitchen style is the ultimate definition of ‘mix and match’, as it is concerned with preserving the original state of the kitchen as much as possible while updating it to today’s standards.

Modular Kitchens

You have come upon the word ‘modular kitchen’ when planning kitchen renovations or reading about the latest trends on the web.


A modular kitchen introduces a customisable way of building the kitchen, allowing you to select a range of cabinets for various purposes, available in “modules.” The modules are available in varying sizes and can fit different functions according to the area of the kitchen you use.


Of the 5 bespoke kitchens in this article, the modular kitchen is the most customised. No two modular kitchens will look the same, even remotely.

Modular kitchens are common with people with small rooms, such as people who live in terraced housing, apartments, or houses with kitchens with limited space. 


The space limitations force people to get creative and use of shelving and other storage is maximised to an incredible extent. The kitchen may include modular elements from an adjacent bedroom or larder. It can also have foldable kitchen furniture, and other unique, space-saving features.


The way you use your kitchen always dictates the modules. For example, a full-time chef will use mostly all the modules in the kitchen. But a regular traveller who does not have time to cook will require more straightforward modules.


Designing the kitchen of your dreams is an amazing but lengthy experience. It is often easy to want to do more than is necessary. Having these standard bespoke kitchen types in mind can help you side-step the mistake of over-designing your kitchen.


Choose a style that fits well for you and keep your preference solid. Choose a basic appearance that looks stylish and provides you with the features you need.


Remember, you should not cover the entire wall with kitchen cabinets. Hire an interior decorator beforehand, so they can use their knowledge to work together with your cabinet makers.


The key to beautiful kitchen design is balance. You should ensure that the storage room, versatility of your kitchen, and general aesthetics are harmonious



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