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Classic or Contemporary - The Choice is Yours....

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 7th April 2014

When it comes to planning the perfect family kitchen, the first thing to consider is the style. There are two main looks - a contemporary finish with clean lines or a more classic scheme with a country feel, with variations in between.


Think about choosing a kitchen that’s in keeping with its surroundings. It’s true that more traditional cabinetry and appliances suit period interiors while high gloss handless units and a sleek steel kit feel right at home in a modern property. But you can also think outside the box by juxtaposing an ultra modern kitchen within a glazed extension on the back of a Victorian terrace or go for a painted Shaker style within a new-build home.


Modern schemes can include lacquered units, wood veneers with horizontal grain, handless doors, flat slab fronted cabinets, flush-fit appliances and feature lighting. White is still popular but bold brights are also creeping in. I think Rangemaster’s new Hi-LITE cooker is the perfect centrepiece for a contemporary kitchen. Whilst it provides all the traditional features and functions you’d expect from a Rangemaster cooker, you also get a fresh, modern look with an illuminated fascia that is sure to impress guests as well as all the family. It comes in a sophisticated range of colours such as Slate, Monaco Blue, Cranberry, Gloss Black or Stainless Steel but for me, the crisp White version is the height of contemporary kitchen chic.




If you favour a more classic scheme, consider Shaker style furniture, which is widely available as a natural timber finish or hand painted with shades of mushroom, sage and duck egg currently popular. Think panelled doors, wrought iron or nickel handles, granite or wooden worktops and traditional appliances such as Rangemaster’s Classic range cooker, which comes in two sizes, lidded or unlidded and a host of colours including Cream, Regal Blue and Racing Green.


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Once you know the style you wish to create, consider how you use the kitchen, how many of you use it and for what purpose. Is it purely for cooking or will you be dining in? Do you do a lot of entertaining or cook large meals for the family? Once you start to have a vision of what your needs are, you can start to plan the practicalities. Take your time to look at all the different functions available within each range cooker and make sure it can cope with your every need. Rangemaster offers everything from programmable ovens, separate grills, multi-ring burners, wok cradles gas griddles, Handyrack and a choice of fuels. Make sure it has a capacity big enough to feed the family and consider a two-oven model and warming zone for extra space when you need it.


Don’t forget that you will need a powerful extractor to get rid of all those cooking odours and steam and now there’s a wide selection of both classic and cutting-edge cooker hoods to complement your Rangemaster range. The Classic Chimney is of course the ultimate partner for your Classic cooker but check out the Zest, Vesper, Opal and Bellini hoods for something a little different…



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