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Choosing a new build kitchen

The sooner you reserve your plot, the more options you’ll have when it comes to planning your kitchen.

Buying a new build home guarantees that everything will be sparkling new, from the appliances to the lighting, the splashbacks to the plug sockets, and you’ll be able to customise in plenty of different ways.

The different types of kitchens

With a new build home, you could have the kitchen that you’ve always wanted. You might be looking to create the hub of your home, a family-friendly space where you can catch-up over the kitchen table, or somewhere to entertain dinner party guests and show off your cookery skills.

Before you decide on the finish, flooring and wall coverings you want, consider how else you might want to use your kitchen.

If you have children, they might do their homework or revise from the comfort of your kitchen which could influence the décor and finishes you choose.

There are many options when it comes to your kitchen’s styling, but here are some of the most popular kitchen types:

High gloss kitchens

If you love the modern look, a high gloss kitchen range could be just the style for you. White gloss kitchens with a contrasting colour worktop are on-trend.

They’re sleek and simple with a pop of colour, making your kitchen seem much brighter as they reflect light back into the space.

Integrated dishwashers and fridges are a must if you want your kitchen to be clutter-free. You should have plenty of storage space in your kitchen cupboards so you shouldn’t have to store any gadgets or equipment directly on your worktops.

Pan drawers are becoming increasingly popular, as they can give you easy access to your cupboards without you needing to bend down.

Classic shaker kitchens

Looking for something more traditional?

Shaker kitchens have cupboard doors with a recessed panel and are all about clean lines, creating a farmhouse feel and sense of warmth.

The wood and finish you choose should complement the colour scheme and flooring you like.

If you want to mix things up, you could build your own island from a vintage shaker style table or dresser. Ideal for storing tableware or pans underneath, this could double up as a breakfast bar if you place a stool nearby.

If you have young children, ensure that the edges are rounded to try to avoid nasty bumps.

Wood grain kitchens

This European style of kitchen has been growing in popularity in recent years.

Cabinets with a matt finish show marks less than those with a gloss finish, which can be good to know if you’d prefer something low maintenance when it comes to cleaning. 

Industrial style kitchens

This is all about going back to basics, from the cabinets you choose, to your appliances.

Less is more.

There’s a rawness to an industrial kitchen that demands metallic accessories, warehouse-style lighting and maybe even some exposed brick effect walls which can be easily achieved with wallpaper.

It’s the kind of kitchen that leaves a lasting impression.  

Colourful kitchens

Your kitchen needs to work on a practical level but it can also showcase your personality. You may want it to have the same colour scheme as your lounge and hallway to create a seamless transition, or you might want to mix it up a little.

Pastel shades are very popular, but if you’re feeling brave you may want a cobalt blue feature wall and matching cupboard doors. To inject some fun and sparkle, you could consider paint with added glitter for the walls.

Spend some time thinking about your lighting options too, so why not have three pendant lights hung over your kitchen table? Gold and copper statement lighting is on trend and they can look great when you have gold and copper handles, switches and accessories. You could opt for a combination of LED lighting, task lighting under your wall cabinets and downlights. A dimmer switch or smart lighting could help you set the right mood.

If you’re buying a Barratt home, read more about kitchen customisation  and find a style that suits you.  

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