February 7, 2024

Kitchens

Kitchen fronts: ideas, materials and trends

Kitchen fronts are fundamental elements in the design and functionality of any kitchen that elevate the room.

With a high aesthetic component, kitchen fronts are decisive when it comes to creating an efficient and pleasant workspace. In this text we will take a closer look at kitchen fronts: the most commonly used materials, design trends and Porcelanosa Group projects.

(1) Kitchen E7.90 Roble Polvo Soft and XTONE Liem Grey Nature, by Gamadecor. (2) Kitchen with integrated SmartKitchen technology, by Gamadecor.

Advantages of kitchen fronts

In addition to their aesthetic function, kitchen fronts are a protective barrier. Thus, this element of the kitchen acts against splashes, stains and damage caused by heat and humidity, and helps to define the style and personality of the kitchen, whether contemporary, classic, rustic or minimalist. They also help to define the style and personality of the kitchen, whether it is contemporary, classic, rustic or minimalist. On a functional level, kitchen fronts reflect light, improving illumination and increasing the feeling of spaciousness. Likewise, they have an impact on cleanliness and maintenance. Kitchen fronts with tiles or other cladding are easier to clean than painted or papered walls.

Common materials in kitchen fronts

A wide range of materials can be used to replace kitchen doors and fronts. Each one has technical characteristics that make it optimal for this use. The choice of material determines the visual appearance of the kitchen, as well as its durability and ease of maintenance. Some of the most common materials are:

Kitchen front with backlit Altissima Baobab natural stone.

Ceramic: Tiles are popular for their durability and heat resistance. With a wide variety of colours and patterns, the pieces allow you to expand your creative expression, and are easy to clean.

Large format: the different designs and collections generate atmospheres where continuity and visual amplitude are imposed.

Solid Surface: easy to clean and maintain, non-porous and impact resistant. This material prevents the accumulation of bacteria, ensuring maximum hygiene. In addition, Krion® allows you to create backlit environments with unique lighting effects.

Laminates are a popular and versatile choice thanks to the different colours and textures. They are an attractive and practical option for kitchen fronts.Wood: Wood-fronted kitchens add warmth to the room. Wood is versatile and can be adapted to different decorating styles. Although you have to keep in mind that it requires constant and proper maintenance. This way you will be able to maintain its appearance over time.Stainless steel: it is common to find this material in kitchens with an industrial interior design. Stainless steel is stain resistant, durable and easy to maintain. It gives a clean and contemporary look to the kitchen.

(1) Kitchen front and backsplash clad with Krion® Luxury Beige Marfil. (2) Kitchen front with Gravity Aluminium Shell Gold metal mosaic, by L’Antic Colonial.

Trends in kitchen front design

The design of the kitchen front evolves, following the trends and the needs of the users. With today’s lifestyle, there are few elongated kitchens with a single front. Now, island kitchens are on the rise. Here are the main design lines.

Minimalism: clean and simple designs are a guaranteed success. With kitchen fronts that feature straight lines and neutral colours, you will create a minimalist and contemporary atmosphere. If you want to create a contrast, place colourful decorative elements on the worktop.

Textures and contrasts: if you combine different textures and colours in your kitchen fronts, you will achieve an interesting look. By combining materials, your kitchen will gain relevance and personality.

Volume: a good way to give your kitchen depth is to play with volume. You can only do this if you have an island. For elongated kitchens with a single front, look for another alternative.

Classic: wooden kitchen fronts with classic details never fail. You can also include handles with a vintage touch.

Technology: this is one of the original ideas for kitchen fronts. By integrating technology, your surface will come to life, backlighting it or serving as a wireless charger for your mobile phone. With the SmartKitchen invisible dual inductive worktop, you will take your kitchen to another level.

The trends in kitchens 2024 have a common denominator: the search for a functional aesthetic in keeping with the times. From the most welcoming comfort to the most striking colours, including natural materials and designer equipment. At Porcelanosa Group we review this year’s trends for kitchens.

(1) Kitchen front with Dorcia Acero ceramics, by Porcelanosa. (2) E7.90 Pure Oak and Altissima Tremor Dark Leather kitchen, by Gamadecor.

Decorating with kitchen fronts

Kitchen fronts offer endless creative combinations. But they do not stand alone in the aesthetic perception of the room. Decoration also plays an important role in kitchen fronts. We tell you what other aspects you should look out for or take into account.

Backsplash. The harmonious combination of kitchen fronts and backsplash is essential to achieve a coherent and stylish design. By choosing materials and colours that complement each other, you create a visually pleasing overall look. If you are looking for a striking design, opt for different materials and contrasting colours to add depth.

Furnishings. The coordination of the kitchen fronts with the chairs and table is key. Shades and materials complement each other, creating a balanced aesthetic. Changing kitchen doors and fronts will also transform the space.

Floors and walls. The right choice of materials and colours will create a seamless visual transition. Integration and continuity with floors and walls will improve the aesthetics of the kitchen and enhance the spaciousness of the room.

Decorative elements. The incorporation of decorative elements will give dynamism to the room. Placing plants, vases, pictures or other pieces will add style. With this attention to detail, you will achieve a personal and cosy atmosphere.

5 original ideas for kitchen fronts

To inspire you, we bring you some examples of kitchen fronts, made with Porcelanosa Group materials.

Infinity Views Project. Photography: Octavuus Photography.

Matt black

Worktops and kitchen fronts are clad in XTONE in this project. With a matt black finish, the aesthetics of the room are elevated. The result: a kitchen with a modern look, which contrasts with the wood-effect ceramics by Porcelanosa. The almost invisible design of the extractor fan increases the feeling of spaciousness. The lighting completes the avant-garde look of the room.

Sheraton Home Project. Photography: Nick Smith.

Full volume

Three in one: design, elegance and functionality. The veins of this worktop and kitchen front become the protagonists of the room. The concavity of this kitchen front says it all: volume and depth. At the same time, it allows for greater comfort, thanks to the stools. The herringbone wood floor is the perfect touch.

Rovira Project. Photography: Alicia García.

More natural (stone), impossible

The contrast of the avant-garde style of the room contrasts with the use of natural stone. The stone mosaic of the splashback is complemented by the worktop, also in natural stone. The island cupboard, which acts as a kitchen front, is an eye-catcher. The lighting and the placement of accessories are a plus. A kitchen open to the living room that integrates perfectly.

Boris House Project. Photo: Porcelanosa.

Backlight and brightness

Tradition meets modernity. In this kitchen, the worktop and backsplash have a lot to say. With a wild, unique and seductive design, the surfaces let the space speak for itself. Backlighting: the perfect extra. The kitchen fronts, with a secondary role, are presented in a neutral and discreet tone, softening the spectacular nature of the ambience.

Junaid Residence Project. Photography: Peter Giles.

Indefinite extension

An extensive solid surface, such as Krion® Lux, runs through the room. The structure of the island itself defines the front of the kitchen, giving body and volume to the space. A practical design, with a bar included, which is very convenient for everyday use. The stainless steel appliances and the grey kitchen front give the kitchen a modern style. The marble flooring marks the conservative point of the room.

In short, kitchen fronts are much more than just panelling. It is a key element in the design and functionality of a kitchen, affecting aesthetics, practicality and user experience. Careful choice of materials and design can transform an ordinary kitchen into an extraordinary space.

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