#GBBO is back and traditional kitchen design trends continue to be popular

Posted 24 August 2016 by Helen Christie

The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens, and while we love the bunting and the gingham of the Bake Off tent, we’ve had a look at some of the more traditional kitchen designs...

Even in this technological age, with access to a wide range of exotic man-made materials and smart appliances there is one kitchen style that still remains king, the traditional kitchen. But why does this traditional style still remain the number one choice? Kitchen worktop specialists Mayfair Granite tell us why...

Things move quickly in the kitchen design industry with new designers and products coming onto the market every day, all trying to entice you to put their designs in your kitchen. Sleek and modern designs aren’t for everyone, with many tending to be designed around an individual’s taste and aesthetic preferences rather than overall function. Something that was new and on-trend a couple of years ago may not necessarily be on-trend now or in the future.

Over the past decade we have seen a big resurgence in traditional design, not just in the kitchen but across the whole home. Sleek and modern designs are now being swapped for traditional and natural décor as people look for quality products that will last for many years.

Form and function

The traditional combination of natural stone and solid timber cabinetry tend to have more longevity than modern designs because they embrace the basic form and function needed in the home.

Materials often used in traditional kitchen designs include natural stone such as granite, marble and limestone for worktops and flooring, while cabinets are generally made form solid timber instead of composite materials. Modern cutting equipment now means that granite and marble can be cut into a wide array of shapes to suit any kitchen design. Together, these natural materials create a strong and durable space perfect for a busy kitchen environment.

Just because natural materials are being used doesn’t mean that the finished result will be dull and unimaginative; granite and marble are available in a range of different colours and timber cabinets can be stained or painted to match any kitchen theme.

A return to traditional eating habits

Over the past decade we have seen a surge in cooking and baking series on TV and online as people look at eating healthier. Dedicated cooking websites now have a professional feel with a range of helpful videos available to stream online when needed. This, together with more information in general concerning healthy eating and diet means that more people are actually thinking about what they are eating and feeding their families, with more and more cooking from scratch.

This uptake in people cooking from scratch has also fuelled the popularity of classic kitchen appliances such as Aga range ovens, Kitchen Aids and mixers as people return to traditional cooking and baking methods.

With technology advancing at such a fast pace, no one knows what the future will bring for kitchen design and home interior design in general, and while we are already seeing an array of smart appliance’s including fridges, microwaves and washing machines making their way into consumer kitchens of all styles, we do know that the traditional kitchen design isn’t going away any time soon.


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