Choosing your new Kitchen

Choosing your new Kitchen

Here at Doug Farleigh Kitchens, we offer a range of beautiful, fitted kitchen styles designed bespoke to perfectly suit your home. From traditional shaker and in-frame designs to sleek and contemporary handleless units. Doug & Cathy will work closely with you to create a space that meets all of your aesthetic and practical requirements.

When planning your new kitchen, it can be difficult to decide which style is right for your space. To help, we have compiled a list of some of the things you may wish to consider. This is simply a guide as there are no strict rules and kitchen styles can be flexible.

The Style of Your Home

There is no hard and fast rule that says you have to have the same style throughout every room in your home, however, it can help to think about what would blend in with the rest of your home and the design of your property.

Stereotypically, shaker and in-frame fitted kitchens are more classic and therefore generally suited to older properties, however, on-trend detailing and colour schemes can make for a modern contemporary twist. Our modern flat-panel and handleless fitted kitchens are truly adaptable.

Shaker style kitchen in pink and grey


The Size of your Kitchen

If you have a smaller space, opting for a contemporary design can create a clean finish ensuring your kitchen looks uncluttered and ultimately more spacious. Equally, we are seeing an increase in the popularity of ‘concealed’ kitchens, where appliances and traditional features are hidden behind a run of modern handleless units.

Shaker kitchen in dust grey

zola soft mat indigo blue

Considering how to balance the amount of worktop and cupboard space to suit your lifestyle is also important. Glass fronted overhead cupboards in a classic shaker or in-frame style kitchen can offer a beautiful and stylish addition to your range of storage options, giving you an opportunity to create a display allowing plenty of worktop pace below. However, you may find full-length units fantastic for creating additional storage. We love our range of magnificent handleless tower units; ideal for a sleek and minimal, compact fitted kitchen design.

Handleless kitchen in Cashmere

From a practical point of view, gloss finishes normally associated with a modern style kitchen don’t tend to fare well in kitchens with young children. They are easy to wipe clean, however, this depends on how regularly you feel comfortable in doing so. With a fitted in-frame kitchen, the frame can create a smaller opening unit which may restrict cupboard access. With the more intricate details, this can also be more tricky to clean and maintain. There are several practical considerations for both contemporary and traditional types of fitted kitchen that may influence your decision based on your lifestyle and space.

Grey handleless kitchen

Choosing the perfect style of kitchen to suit your lifestyle can seem daunting. However, with an understanding of how different elements come together to shape the overall look, you can achieve a beautiful and unique design that is both practical and stylish.

We can help you every step of the way! For further advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01626 336934 or email us at


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