Function Vs. Style – How To Create the Perfect Kitchen

More and more people are embracing home cooking in the UK today. So if you’re going to be spending so much time in your kitchen, you want it to be a room you enjoy being in; a room with style. Does having a stylish kitchen compromise the way a kitchen functions, is there a way to balance style and function? We reckon so. We’ve rounded up a few tips to ensure your kitchen walks the fine line between style and practicality.


The main thing to remember when planning your kitchen design is that you will require ample storage. All your food, plates, cutlery and cooking utensils will be stored in this room, so make sure this is taken into account during the design process. Consider these ideas for maximum storage.

  • Use wall cupboards and overhead cabinets; put them all the way up to the ceiling to avoid dust collecting at the top – this saves you some cleaning too!
  • If you have ornate crockery that you want to show off, build in some glass cabinets for display purposes.
  • Have covered spaces to hide appliances such as toasters and blenders away, so they only have to come out when in use, to avoid your kitchen looking overly cluttered.
  •  If you are working with a small space, it may be worth considering building a separate pantry room, something Oakland Leicester would be happy to work with you to do.


Another essential for any kitchen is having enough space to work on. Whether you’re preparing Sunday lunch for 10 or a packed lunch for the kids, you will require plenty of surface space.

  • Ensure you use a material which looks good, whilst being easy to maintain, such as marble or granite.
  • Glass splashbacks and worktops are an innovative kitchen design which can add sophistication and colour to the room, whilst being extremely easy to clean and maintain.
  • Add in a kitchen island or breakfast bar for additional surface space. They’re great for extra preparation space, as well as for gathering and eating around for casual occasions.


  • You’re not going to get very far in creating meals unless you can see what you are doing! There are a wealth of options when it comes to kitchen lighting, and here’s a few you could try.
  • Illuminate from behind shelves to light up your utensils or display items.
  • Add spotlights under your cabinets. They are subtle, but can assist in lighting your cooking station while preparing and cooking food.
  • Install lighting into your flooring for an ambient mood.

At Oaklandswe specialise in creating bespoke designer kitchens in Leicestershire and are happy to work through the entire process with you, from concept to completion. For more information, call us today on 0116 2272252.

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