Kitchen style buying guide

 
If you’re planning a kitchen transformation, choosing a style can be overwhelming when you have a range of styles, colours and finishes to think about. We understand the importance of combining practicality with the right look and feel so that the design meets your needs today and in the furture.
 
Whether it's for a busy family, multi-generational living or a cook's kitchen with all the latest gadgets, the most important thing to get right is the combination of form and function, so your new kitchen looks great and works well.
 
What kitchen style suits you?
To help you decide on a style of kitchen, we have summarised a list of Benchmarx kitchen designs so you can learn more about what look is right for your home. 
 
Choice of kitchen style:
 
Ultra Contemporary kitchens
True Handless designs with minimalist styling and a clean, uncluttered look
J Pulls with an integrated handle built into the design of the door
 
Modern kitchen design
Flat fronted (often called 'slab') style of door providing a smooth, modern look
 
Shaker kitchen design
Shaker kitchens with an external frame design on doors, provide a more classic style, although modern versions are available.
 
  
 
Contemporary kitchen design
 

What is a handleless kitchen?

 

A handleless kitchen is a sleek, streamlined cabinet style designed to open and close using handless engineering. 

 

Handleless kitchens are made using either a true handleless or grip design built into the door or drawer to open and close the cabinet. Streamline and smooth; this type of kitchen is perfect if you’re looking for a modern kitchen design to master the clutter-free kitchen style.

  

How do handleless kitchen doors work?

A True Handleless kitchen is designed and built into the door using a continuous rail. It works by running your hand over the top and sliding the door or drawer open.

 

 

J-Pull kitchen doors

 

J-Pulls have a smililar look  to a True Handleless style, but with an integrated handle at the top of the door on lower cabinets of the base of the door for upper cabinets.  This ridge where the fingers grip to pull the door open, means that the look is not completely flush, but visually still has a sleek look.

 

 

The Benchmarx J-Pull kitchen range

 

 

Holborn

Soho

 

Modern kitchen design

An extremely popular flat style of door with the handles of your choice and available in both matt and gloss finishes.  A style that is easy to incorporate into any style or age of home and with the use of colour or woodgrain have a more traditional mid-century look or with high gloss finishes and contemporary handles be bang up to date.

 

 

Benchmarx modern kitchen designs

 

 

Nordica

Nordica

 

Parma

 

Parma

 

Richmond

Richmond

 

Eton


 
Shaker kitchens
 
This style of door originates from the simple, utilitarian designs of the Shaker community. The Shakers were a Christian sect operating mainly in the United States in the 1800s.   They became known for their handcrafted utilitarian furniture designs.  Although functionality was the primary focus, the designs had a pleasing aesthetic. 
 
 
The design of the door usually has a recessed central panel, with more traditional designs built from solid timber or with a woodgrain effect and a slightly wider frame. 
 
Modern shaker kitchens
 
Although rather counter intuitive, the modern shaker has become a popular design for a kitchen, as it fits well in either a traditional or modern scheme.  It tends to have a more streamlined design, with a smooth surface to the door and narrower edge panels
 
 
 
Benchmarx Shaker Kitchen range
 
 

Somerset

 

  Cambridge

Sherwood

 

Sherwood

 
Oxford

Oxford

 
 
 
With such a great selection of styles to choose from, you can really experiment with different textures and materials to design the perfect kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. 
 
To get started, book a free design consultation with our kitchen experts who will help make your transformation a reality.