Kitchen Design Trend Report. Classic Vs Contemporary

Earlier this year, our friends at Houzz shared their most popular kitchen images with us. And, while we like to talk about stone kitchen worktops here at Cheshire Granite worktops, what caught our attention was that out of 11 pictures, almost all of them featured a shaker style kitchen. It seems that despite an overabundance of modern, high-gloss kitchens in new build properties, the style-friendly shaker is still the trend of choice. At least among the design-obsessed!

However, somewhat ironically, in the latest Houzz design report, almost half of renovating homeowners described their new style as contemporary (48%).This begs the question – can the “traditional” shaker style still be classed as modern? We’d argue yes!

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while the shaker is the current king of the kitchen, it might not be the right choice for you. Here are some things to consider when designing your ideal kitchen – whether classic, contemporary, or a mix of both!

1. Contrasting cabinets and appliances

Modern appliances can work beautifully with shaker-style cabinets.

And, while it’s a harder to mix and match modern ‘slab’ doors with traditional appliances – the classic range cooker looks great in most kitchens.

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Image Credit: Kitchen Island Plans

2. Mix and match your cabinets

The right combination of contrasting cabinets (both in terms of colour and material) can look fantastic. This trend works in any style of kitchen.

3. Accessories are key

Bring the look of your shaker kitchen up to date by adding modern tiles, steel hardware, and open shelving (a key design style for 2017). For example, this kitchen using Cambria quartz might boast traditional cabinetry, but the look is very current.

Image Credit: Cambria

4. Consider colour

When you think of a modern kitchen, you tend to think of black cabinetry, crisp white worktops, and the latest stainless steel appliances. But black shaker kitchens are also very much in vogue.

Image Credit: Peter Rose Architecture + Interiors Inc.

Likewise, blue and green kitchens are also on-trend and can be used regardless of the direction you chose.

Image Credit: Houzz

When it comes to gloss doors, white remains the colour choice.

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While grey is becoming increasingly popular – in both modern and traditional designs – due to its ability to make splashes of vibrant colour sing.

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5. Use an island for dramatic impact

Kitchen islands can be used to add wow factor to your kitchen. To make them stand out, consider using different colours to the rest of your cabinets. Find out more about how a kitchen island can make the most of your home.

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6. Think about the handles

When it comes to modern kitchens, most people opt for handleless doors.

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Shaker cabinet doors can look either traditional or modern depending on what type of handle you pair them with.

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Image Credit: DecorPad

7. Make sure to match your cabinets and worktop

When consulting with a customer, the preferred style of door will dictate enormously what type of worktop we recommend. But this doesn’t mean matching a high-gloss door with a high-gloss granite. Indeed, matching different textures and colours can add interest to a kitchen – and make it truly unique.

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Helping you to choose wisely when making an investment in a granite or quartz kitchen worktop that will change the appearance of your kitchen, at Cheshire Granite Worktops we take care of the whole process for you.

With a small change going along way, if you would like to have a chat with us to find out how updating your worktops will add value to your kitchen and home, please do not hesitate to call us on 01565 300065 or email us at

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