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Kitchen Design That Mixes Old and New

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Kitchen Design That Mixes Old and New

Mixing traditional and modern elements within a kitchen design can be a great way to show personality.  Sleek modern kitchens can benefit from a touch of character, whilst traditional spaces can have fresh life breathed in to them. We have rounded up a few of our favourite projects that showcase this look below. Whether you are planning a full kitchen redesign or just wanting new ideas for an existing space, we hope you are inspired by our selection!



Breakfast bars are always popular in a kitchen design, and there’s plenty of different seating options to choose from.  We love the use of leather and metal bar stools in this project by Cosentino Elite Premium kitchen studio, Elmore Kitchens.  Classic and masculine, they provide texture that adds to the industrial feel of the space.  They also complement the traditional sash windows and antique glass splashback.  Handleless cabinets and a chrome tap ensure the kitchen still feels modern, making this a true mix of old and new.

Kitchen design - navy Shaker style kitchen with white worktops

Go Dark

This wow factor space was designed by Irish furniture maker Rhatigan & Hick.  Whilst the Shaker style cabinets are traditional in their design, their deep navy colour gives a modern twist.  Large crittall windows ensure the space gets plenty of light, which is enhanced by brilliant white worktops and a white subway tiled splashback.  The marble inspired Silestone Calacatta Gold surface chosen for the worktops feels modern and luxe in this space, showcasing the versatility of this popular design.  Statement brass pendant lighting over the island adds a further contemporary pop, and the overall result is a classically cool kitchen design.

Kitchen design - Dekton Trilium kitchen island

Exposed Brickwork

Take inspiration from this kitchen design by one of Cosentino’s Elite Premium studios, Belvoir Interiors.  This urban space celebrates the original brickwork, whilst a colourful range cooker adds a traditional feel.  This is contrasted against the ultra modern cabinetry and industrial Dekton Trilium worktop.  This mix of old materials with revolutionary high tech surfaces creates a sense of balance and adds plenty of character.

Kitchen design - deVOL Kitchens green kitchen

Experiment with Colour

Colour and lighting can be key when balancing old and new in a kitchen design.  This Shaker kitchen by deVOL Kitchens is painted a unique olive green colour, which lends a heritage feel.  Other traditional elements include a Belfast sink and eye catching brass taps with matching furniture handles.  However, these classic designs have been contrasted with subtle contemporary styling.  The trio of exposed bulb pendant lights, polished concrete floor and crittall style windows and doors add an industrial twist.  A Silestone Lagoon quartz worktop keeps the overall feeling of the kitchen fresh and bright.

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