Joinery & hardware

Well-crafted wooden units are the backbone to most good-quality kitchens, but once you’ve decided on your cabinetry, there are other doors and handles to consider. The entrance to your kitchen is the place where first impressions are made and an immaculate architrave surrounding a pristine door is a good place to start.

Choose a Victorian-style door to echo your home’s original features or for a more contemporary look, try a single panel design with a simple brushed-steel or nickel handle to reflect any similar elements in the kitchen. Glass panelled doors help maximise natural light and give a useful view between rooms, adding a sense of depth, while frosted glazing or decorative film offers more privacy. The majority of kitchens have an external door, too. Make sure yours includes the latest security features as well as contributing to the crisp lines that define the room.

If your kitchen is open plan, attention to detail is particularly important and this may be a good time to freshen up other features, such as damaged skirting boards in the living room. Even areas which aren’t visible from the kitchen can reflect some of its design features to great effect. Sleek angular units might inspire you to renovate a neglected staircase, whether you’re replacing original spindles or installing a chunky newel post.

And you may decide to extend your wooden kitchen floor out into the hallway to unite the whole space. With a few understated details and subtle home improvements, the contemporary feel which starts in the heart of your home can be replicated throughout your property.