Over the last few years, we have noticed that more and more customers are choosing curved kitchen cabinets. Stylish, practical and ergonomic, a curvy kitchen is an elegant solution for family homes, overcoming the risk that hard edges can pose to little ones, and ideal for small, awkward spaces, where protruding corners can place restrictions on movement. The soft lines of curved units will open up the room and create the illusion of space.
Curves are also well suited to larger kitchen diners, with perhaps a breakfast bar forming an attractive focal point in an open-plan living area. The kitchen’s soft appearance will create a relaxed feel, helping it to blend in with other ‘zones’ and inviting families to spend time there together.
The idea of curves in the kitchen is a relatively new phenomenon and until recently was the preserve of contemporary homes, but there is now a wide choice available to complement period properties, ranging from relaxed country styles to grand classical designs. Both built-in and freestanding configurations are widely available and it is something Alresford Interiors are making more and more of.
Islands with curves are a particular highlight and bring real wow factor to the kitchen; in its simplest form the island may be rectangular with rounded edges to subtly soften the overall appearance, or it may be fully circular. The most impressive islands form a semi-circular work space around the cook, with perhaps a hob at the centre and preparation space on either side.
The downside of curves is that they are more expensive than standard units, due to the extra craftsmanship involved in their manufacture. But they can be more subtly incorporated at a lesser cost, with perhaps just the end of a built-in run being curved, a corner dresser, or if space allows an island, which works well with straight edges elsewhere in the kitchen.
Cabinet door furniture should also be smooth — consider round knobs, curved bar or cup handles or doors with handle grooves designed in. Worktops will need to be custom cut, usually in solid timber, granite or a composite and don’t forget to include curves in other elements, such as sinks to complete the look.
If you are looking to have a curved unit in your kitchen, please feel free to contact us on 01962 733016 for a FREE, no obligation quote.