When it comes to kitchen styles, there is one door that has, for the last year at least, really taken off; the handleless design.
It was the rage in the 70’s, the idea that we could have kitchens with no handles and bring about the space race from Houston, Texas into our own homes. We were inundated with affordable microwave technology, new age lighting systems and even velour dining sets, but then we seemed to abandon them.
The 80s were in, the kitchen industry turned to shaker style features and we lost what was the “future” to the Thatcher-era pragmatism of general design trend. Big shoulder pads and bigger hair were in our mainstream media and as a nation, the UK saw a boom in the takeout and restaurant dining scene. The kitchen was left to fancy dinner party occasions but nothing more.
But what does this have to do with handleless kitchen doors and why didn’t we mention the 90s and the 00’s? To answer the later is simple. We didn’t change much from the 80s in those decades but we didn’t do much more than that – the last three years has seen a significant shift in kitchen function and design and we can thank or blame, TV programs like grand design.
You see, for 10 years we’ve been told about grand design features, which means that our homes have changed – and how we use our space has as well.
The living room, dining room and kitchen area all became one. We started to use the words “open plan” and “free flow” with much more comfort and we started to look at what gives us “symmetry” and “lines”; this is where the handleless kitchen technology has come into its own.
You see, handleless kitchens open up a room quite significantly without too much effort. The fascia of a door is now the only thing you truly see, your eye isn’t distracted with the handle but there is more to it. Your kitchen space looks less cluttered with a handleless option and the way you approach the whole design element is more about finding symmetry between spaces of the whole room rather than an individual element.
OK, sounds a bit designer kitchen w*nky but think of it this way, you’re having to design for a whole space and you want to ensure that anything you do in the kitchen area matches the rest of the room that will include where people watch TV, eat and play games/have general fun.
Does that mean that the traditional style is dead? Not at all, and now, the range of painted door options available means that they there is a long life yet for shaker style kitchens, but the contemporary design of kitchens today is perhaps a little look to the past, and that’s not always a bad thing.