Designing a Modern Kitchen

Designing a Modern Kitchen

Designing a modern family kitchen needs careful consideration. I’m moving to a new build house Redrow Heritage house in a few months time. One of the most exciting bits is picking the finishes for the new kitchen. It’s a large “family room” with open plan kitchen, dining area and sitting area at the other end to the kitchen. Here’s the breakdown of how I’m designing my modern family kitchen.

White Quartz Worktops in “White Arabesque”


Worktops – these are going to be a white marble looking affair. I’m a little obsessed with all things white and marble looking down to the stationery in my life! These beautiful worktops are actually made from quartz. Quartz is an extremely durable surface. It’s harder than granite since granite is porous and therefore less hygienic. Of course hygiene is certainly at the forefront of everyone’s mind at the moment! The only thing you need to be careful of with quartz worktops is that they are not totally heat resistant – they can mark if you put a hot pan onto the surface directly. The colour of this quartz is “White Arabesque”. I’m using it for an upstand and for the backsplash to my hob too!


The cabinets we are going for are classic shaker style. These are perfect for our new Devon country home. The colour I’ve opted for is “Stone”. I’ll come back to that in a minute.


For the floor I’ve picked a timber effect plank tile. This is to keep the room looking warm. The house is a brand new build which means that I’m not allowed to paint or decorate for around 18 months. It’s important to make it feel warm and welcoming. Using a warm timber colour gives it that warmth and texture for interest. Plus tiles are really easy to clean with children and a small dog in tow!

I’ll be adding an area rug to the sitting area to keep it feeling more cosy that end with two new small sofas a bookcase and cabinet that we’ll reuse for now.

So I have the tiled floor and my white “marble” worktops and the cabinets are “stone”. This taupe colour is to keep it from being too stark with white walls. Also the neutral colour of the cabinets mean I can change the colours of the soft furnishings and it’s still going to work.

Window treatments – there are two windows and a large patio door set in the middle where the dining area is. I’ll be installing roman blinds to the smaller windows and curtains to the main patio doors. The room will need softening with curtains. I’m planning on an elegant modern boho twist to our modern country kitchen style with lots of black and white tribal patterns inspired by our family travels to different parts of the globe!

I have my eye on some Clarke and Clarke fabric for some custom blinds and curtains! I’ll share that in another post with more details!

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  1. Hi Zunair If you can email me on then I can let you know a price. Best regards Rachel

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About Rachel

Rachel Davies works throughout Devon and Cornwall to provide home staging for houses that need staging for sale. A background in interior design and design management gives her the edge on other home staging companies. She is a degree qualified interior designer and also a qualified project manager.

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