Kitchen Design Styles

We believe a custom kitchen should be just that — designed especially for your home, your lifestyle and the things that bring you joy. That said, it can be useful to see how various design elements can compliment one another and add up to a cohesive look.

We’ve broken down some successful kitchen design styles and identified the elements or features that contribute to an aesthetic. If you respond to a particular set of images, you could maybe borrow some features as part of the mix that makes it your own.


Do you want your kitchen to feel at home in your period home or villa?

Do you want a homely kitchen that still feels current and contemporary?

Some Contemporary/Traditional features:

  • Panelled or tongue-and-groove cupboard fronts
  • Colour as a feature, even if soft and subdued
  • Mouldings and other trim details, even if simplified
  • Lighting that is a new version of an old style
  • Handle hardware that is inspired by tradition such as knobs and curved drawer pulls
Colour as a feature
New versions of old style handle hardware
Framed or tongue and groove door fronts
New versions of old style pendant fittings


Do you like a clear, clean look and have an open plan space with clear available walls to play with? 

Do you like things to be organised and feel tidy and under control?

Some Modern/Minimalist features:

  • Blocky layout, tightly planned with horizontal and vertical alignment of elements
  • Rectangular blocks of materials and symmetry
  • Simple, refined palette of materials and neutral colours
  • Flat cupboard fronts, often handleless or with minimal handles
  • Sleek lighting
Simple, refined material and colour palette
Flat handleless cupboards
Tightly planned layout
Sleek lighting
Can suit a commercial setting
Can be softened with pattern and timber


Do you like a relaxed vibe and feeling connected to the outdoors?

Do you like an open airy space with texture?

Some Coastal features:

  • Open, airy layout
  • Bring the outdoors in, directly with doors, skylights and windows and indirectly with plants or natural textures
  • Light toned timber 
  • Organic texture and woven elements
  • Blues, soft watery hues and fresh greenery
Blues, soft watery hues and fresh greenery
Open, airy layout
Organic textures and timber tones
Connection to outdoor environments


Image credits for kitchen design styles images:


  1. Brooklyn Villa by – photography by
  2. MGD x Newport Coast: Californian Modern Remodel by
  3. by
  4. by
  5. Modern Mountain Home by

Modern Minimalist:

  1. by
  2. Merricks Guest House by
  3. Victorian Apartments by
  4. Davisville Road by
  5. woning te Aalst by photography by – Bert Vereecke & Apartment in St Petersburg by 
  6. Humankind by
  7. Toraak Residence by – photography by Shannon McGrath & by


  1. Rad Trad by
  2. Toowoon Bay Reno Studio Kitchen by
  3. by
  4. Long Jetty by
  5. by – photography by Gert Skærlund Andersen