Beyond Aesthetics – More Than Just A Kitchen Design

Your kitchen isn’t just a space for cooking; it’s the heart of your home, a place where memories are made, and conversations flow as easily as the aroma of freshly baked bread. When it comes to designing your kitchen, it’s not merely about selecting colours and cabinets; it’s about crafting an environment that reflects your lifestyle, enhances functionality, and fosters a sense of comfort and connection. The right kitchen design style goes beyond aesthetics; it can transform your entire living experience.

Firstly, let’s talk functionality. Different kitchen design styles offer varying layouts and configurations tailored to different needs. For instance, a galley kitchen maximises efficiency in a small space, perfect for those who love a streamlined cooking experience. Ideal for apartments and smaller dwellings, a number of features can be integrated that include functionality without detracting from the overall user experience.

For example, Clare McGrady and her husband Noel’s recent Surreal kitchen included a built-in extractor in their downsized kitchen which eliminates smells and steam – vital for their small open-plan area.

“John (Surreal Kitchen’s Senior Designer) thought about how we would use the area and suggested open shelving facing the sitting room area for our books and magazines. The eye-level oven is great too.”

On the other hand, a larger open-concept kitchen encourages social interaction, ideal for families who enjoy entertaining guests while preparing meals. Linda and Sean have a small family, and wanted to create enough space to accommodate a range of tasks – a comfy lounge area, cosy quiet nooks, open area for socialising.

“The designer was conscious of the open plan format and designed the kitchen around the children by creating safe areas with access to the fridge and food cupboards and a separate ‘hot triangle’ for cooking. The breakfast bar separates the kitchen and living areas but also provides an additional seating area when entertaining.”

By choosing a design style that aligns with your lifestyle and cooking habits, you’re not just enhancing the appearance of your kitchen; you’re optimising its usability, making everyday tasks smoother and more enjoyable.

The right kitchen design style can significantly impact your home’s resale value. Trends come and go, but certain timeless styles have enduring appeal. A classic or contemporary, well-designed kitchen can attract potential buyers and add significant value to your property.

Beyond practicality and resale value, your kitchen design style can also influence your mood and well-being. Imagine stepping into a kitchen adorned with warm, earthy tones and natural materials. Or the sleek sophistication of a modern kitchen, with clean lines and minimalist aesthetics that inspire clarity and focus.

Ciaran and Sue Gannon recently built their ‘forever home’ on a secluded site in Taylors Hill with views of Galway Bay. A warm, family home hand-built by Ciaran, their kitchen contains a large island for entertaining and has all the features you would expect from a modern and stylish kitchen, including a Quooker tap with instant hot water, built-in extractor and a dedicated ‘coffee corner’. Involving the design team at an early stage was vital to incorporate the owner’s ideas.

“A simple feature like positioning the ovens to suit your height or considering if you are right or left-handed can make all the difference when it comes to using the kitchen.”

Your Kitchen. Your Rules.

Whether it’s cooking together as a family, hosting intimate dinner parties, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee with a loved one, the design of your kitchen sets the stage for meaningful interactions and lasting memories.

Choosing the right style is about more than just changing the appearance of a room; it’s about creating a space that enhances functionality, adds value to your home, raises your spirits and bonds family and friends. 

Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of a classic kitchen, the sleek modernity of a contemporary design, or a style where functionality and elegance are fused with German engineering, the key is to select a style that aligns with your lifestyle, reflects your personality, and brings joy to your everyday life.

At Surreal, we have been in the business of designing and installing kitchens for over two decades. Contact a member of our team today to see how we can help design the kitchen of your dreams.

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