Article by: The Studio Collection
Your Home Doesn’t Fit Into A Box
An important starting point when it comes to kitchen and interior design is deeply considering how you will interact with your living space, and how your living space will fit into your existing home. Most people skip this all-important first step and rush straight to the mood-boards before contemplating the practical use cases of their living spaces.
We place great emphasis on understanding our Clients needs and lifestyle at the very beginning of the Consultation process. Do you have a family? How old are the kids? Are you a messy cook? Do you entertain? It’s impossible to effectively consult without having some insight into these various aspects of a Clients lifestyle. However there’s one question that interior designers, architects and kitchens remodellers ask more than almost any other, and it’s deeply flawed: ‘are you looking for something Classic, or Contemporary?’.
Unless you live in a 120 year old Constantia manor, or a glass and stainless steel palace in Umhlanga, the vast majority of homes don’t strictly fit into a Classic or Contemporary box. Most homes are a hybrid, which means a strictly Classic or Contemporary kitchen won’t necessarily fit the overall aesthetic of the home. That’s why asking a Client which ‘box’ they want to tick is a flawed question: the reality is, most homes require a design aesthetic that combines the two.
This hybrid style is referred to as ‘Classic-Contemporary’, and its become a central design focus for us at the Kitchen Studio. A great example of the merger of these two styles is this (in WeTransfer link) kitchen. It combines Classic finishes like painted doors in a Cambridge style, dovetailed benches and shelving, and a solid oak slatted base, with Contemporary finishes like spotted Onyx quartz worktops by Franke, grey tinted glass and square-line cracked oak Veneer.
These design notes comes together naturally and quite beautifully, but more importantly this style of kitchen is far better suited to 90% of homes than a style sitting on a polar end of the Classic/Contemporary continuum. Besides this hybrid style fitting in from the outset, you also wont have to be overly precious about how you decorate it either. Copper kettle? That will work. A modern sculpture for decoration? That will fit right in too.
So before your next remodel, remember that your living spaces don’t have to fit into one of the two popular boxes: there’s a middle-ground that’s much more exciting to explore, and more satisfying and practical to live with.
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