From whipping up a batch of delicious pancakes for your loved one on a Sunday morning, to listening to your children talk about their day over an after-school snack, it’s clear that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
While there’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa after a long day at work, true happiness comes from cooking up a storm and enjoying a tasty meal with the people who mean the most to you. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that your kitchen is not only functional, but beautiful too.
A gorgeous kitchen is one that you and your loved ones will want to spend time in, and a stunning design will certainly improve your entire food preparation and dining experience. While there are many brilliant kitchen design ideas, here at Wrights of Campden we are particularly enthralled by stone kitchens.
Stone is an undeniably beautiful, durable and environmentally-friendly material that can transform a home or garden, and can also be crafted into a variety of furnishings to suit all types of interior design. Here we discuss five great design ideas for a beautiful stone kitchen, with ways to recreate the look in your very own home.
Modern Kitchen Design
If you’re inspired by bold colours, sharp edges and statement furnishings, then a modern design may be ideal for your kitchen. Modern kitchens are exceptionally chic and stylish and are perfect for those who want to play around with striking design features while creating an effortlessly minimalist aesthetic.
This is also a great opportunity to invest in stone furnishings, such as stone worktops and stone flooring, as they have a smooth finish which complements modern furnishings perfectly. Pairing natural elements with synthetic materials creates a unique look that lends itself perfectly to the modern home, and is something you may want to consider when designing your kitchen.
For instance, to achieve your dream look, you could match polished stone worktops with black pendant lights, large windows, bar stools and built-in storage cupboards. Or, you could pair a limestone splashback with a stainless steel tap, stylish double sink or a suspended lighting fixture.
The natural, stripped-back qualities of stone really complement ultra-contemporary kitchen furnishings such as pendant lampshades, modern appliances and raised breakfast bars, allowing them to take centre stage without overwhelming the kitchen.
Rustic Kitchen Design
Many people believe that kitchens should be an extension of your living spaces, and therefore dream of a homely, rustic kitchen that exudes warmth and character. Opting for a rustic look is a great way to inject personality into your food preparation areas and dining space, and to incorporate stone furnishings into your design.
After all, while rustic designs often rely on wooden fixtures such as floorboards and wooden cabinets, combining two natural materials is an effective way to create an almost homespun – yet undeniably stylish – feel.
To achieve this look, consider juxtaposing beautiful stone walls with bare floorboards, and accessorise stone worktops with iron candle holders, wooden fruit bowls and potted plants. Illuminate your kitchen with hanging barn chandeliers, complete with exposed bulbs for that authentic farmhouse feel, and mount wooden shelving above a stone sink for added decoration.
There are many great ways to achieve this homey, traditional feel, but the key is to mix and match materials and accessories to create a kitchen full of personality and charm.
Industrial Kitchen Design
In recent years, industrial designs have certainly soared in popularity, particularly in the home. While an industrial look may not scream cosiness or comfort, and therefore may not be suitable for your living room or bedroom, the effortless simplicity makes it a great fit for the bathroom or the kitchen.
After all, there’s nothing more welcoming than an uncluttered yet visually appealing kitchen, and adhering to industrial design is a great way to achieve this look. Additionally, stone furnishings lend themselves perfectly to this choice.
If you’re hoping to design a kitchen with an industrial feel, opting for stone flooring is a great way to start. Paving your floor with rustic limestone tiles can bring a touch of minimalism to any room, especially when paired with exposed brick or white painted walls.
Limestone tiles also reflect lots of natural light, helping to create a lofty, spacious feel that you might expect in a trendy apartment or industrial warehouse. This makes them an ideal feature for any industrial kitchen, especially those with large, sun-facing windows.
Another way to instantly give your kitchen an industrial look is to invest in a large stone breakfast bar. Pair this with suspended pendant lights and wooden bar stools for a chic twist, and don’t forget to add some quirky accessories such as galvanised steel baskets, thick wooden chopping boards and glass decanters.
Natural Kitchen Design
In recent years, we’ve become much more aware of the pressures facing the environment and our responsibilities as a society to do our bit. This focus on the environment and the widespread appreciation of our planet has inspired current interior design trends, as more and more homeowners are now taking it back to nature with earthy tones, sustainable materials and lots of natural lighting.
Stone lends itself perfectly to natural kitchen design, and is a hugely popular choice for homeowners looking to create a stripped back yet elegant aesthetic. There are many ways to incorporate stone into your kitchen, but one of the most effective ways to achieve a natural look is to pair it with other sustainable materials, such as wood.
For instance, you could pair a deep stone sink with wooden cabinet doors, or rustic slate floor tiles with a large wooden table and matching chairs. You could even layer a jute rug over the top of your stone flooring to add a touch of warmth and comfort to your kitchen, or add a soft glow to your kitchen with large glass lighting fixtures.
Investing in stone splashbacks is another great way to achieve an understated, natural look, especially when paired with a stone sink. Complement your splashbacks with soft lighting and decorate your worktops with leafy potted plants to bring the outdoors in.
Bohemian Kitchen Design
Like natural interior design, bohemian styles rely on a combination of materials and textures, however, bohemian designs tend to use slightly warmer tones and louder patterns. If you’re inspired by colour clashes and striking hues, then a bohemian-style kitchen may be perfect for you.
Bohemian kitchens have heaps of charm and character, giving you the opportunity to experiment with a range of different furnishings, materials and accessories. For instance, you could opt for sleek stone floor tiles to create a natural, understated look, and complement them with a selection of patterned rugs.
Additionally, you could achieve a similar look by juxtaposing stone windowsills with striking blinds or walls painted in warm tones, such as burnt orange or forest green. Stone tables also look fantastic in bohemian-style kitchens, especially when paired with rustic wooden chairs and decorated with potted plants.
There are many ways to create a bohemian-style kitchen, but investing in stone furnishings is certainly one of the most effective ways to do so. They look gorgeous as standalone pieces or when paired with other materials and accessories, making them an ideal investment no matter what your dream kitchen.
Wrights of Campden: Leading stonemasons specialising in bespoke stone worktops, stone sinks, garden furniture and more
If you’re hoping to transform your kitchen with elegant stone furnishings, from stone flooring and sinks to stone worktops and walls, then you needn’t look further than Wrights of Campden for beautiful bespoke pieces.
Based in the Cotswolds, we’re proud to have become Morteon-In-Marsh’s leading stonemasons since our establishment in 1974. During this time, we’ve become specialists in handcrafting timeless furnishings, including fireplaces, chimneys, staircases, balustrades, garden furniture, windows and much more.
We create bespoke pieces from only the highest quality limestone, meaning your chosen chimney, fireplace or flooring will stay looking beautiful no matter what. We take great pride in our skill and experience, and are committed to putting customer satisfaction at the forefront of every project we undertake.
If you’re looking for high-quality stoneworks for your home in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, London or Oxford, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Wrights of Campden today. One of our dedicated stonemasonry experts will be more than happy to discuss your requirements with you.