Elements of Kitchen Design: What to Consider

Many customers are overwhelmed when it comes to designing their kitchen. Sometimes they have more creative ideas than they know what to do with!

The easiest starting point is to divide the overall kitchen in to three sections: cabinets, appliances, and worktops. These three elements have a huge impact on the overall look of a kitchen, and often dictate a lot of the design process.

1. Cabinets

Inframe or Onframe?And what does this even mean?! The easiest way to explain this is through a visual representation. You’ll see below that an inframe kitchen door sits within a frame. Almost like a border around the door or drawer. Inframe generally makes a kitchen look more traditional. Onframe has a door or drawer sitting on the front of the unit carcass. This onframe construction is generally considered more modern.

At The Main Company we like to mix things up be incorporating both inframe and onframe units within the same kitchen design… 

2. Appliances 

The appliances you choose and whether they are integrated on freestanding have a huge impact, both the construction of cabinets, but more importantly the design! Let us show you a few examples.

Cooking Type


Fridge Freezer



Granites, woods, marbles, quartz…the list goes on! We know how many options there are when it comes to work surfaces. What we’ve done below is give you a rough idea of the pro’s and con’s of each material.

Pros Cons
Naturally hygienic 
Requires regular sealing
Water can damage 
Can scorch 
Resists heat
Resists stains
Can scorch
Can be porous 
Prone to cracks
QuartzStain resistant 
Maintenance free
Repeatable appearance 
Can discolour
Resin can burn
Can chip
Metal Unique
Durable (certain metals)
Flexible with size and shape
Scratch easily
Soft (certain metals)
Can discolour

Do you have any more questions? We’re always here to discuss your project requirements. Get in touch today!

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