The objective is to make your kitchen work for you, not the other way round. This is the first recommendation I make to clients when embarking on a new kitchen design project, advises Des Ward, our Head of Kitchens at TileStyle.  

What this means in practical terms is it's important to consider the following basic requirements first:

  • Storage
  • Preparation 
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning

A clever kitchen layout should minimise reaching and bending for storage, have easy access to appliances for cooking and be easily cleaned and maintained. Once you've got these basics right, the fun part can begin - choosing the design and overall look of your new kitchen! Read on for some clever ideas from our kitchen design experts.


#01 The Hidden Kitchen - Ideal for entertaining

  • Cabinets and worktops camouflaged behind folding cabinet doors
  • Hidden storage areas when not in use
  • Improve the aesthetic of your space when entertaining

 #02 Wood Effect Floor Tiles - On trend and practical

  • All the warmth and character of natural wood but with the practicality of a porcelain tile.
  • A great alternative for kitchen areas
  • Rustic and contemporary styles available

Tanzania Almond wood effect floor tile from Porcelanosa


#03 The Kitchen Island - On trend with waterfall sides

  • The free standing kitchen island continues to be a firm favourite
  •  A practical addition to any kitchen with countertop seating, prep space, a sink or hob, drawer storage as well as being a focal point for entertaining.
  • Side panels that match the worktop material or ‘waterfall side panels’ are currently on trend
  • Turning the island unit into a block sculpture at the heart of the kitchen is also on trend 



#04 The White Kitchen - Timeless appeal

  • The white kitchen is still as popular as ever and has timeless appeal
  • Airy and versatile, white never looks dated and is guaranteed to stand the test of time.
  • Customise your look with on trend timber floors 
  • Introduce contrasting finishes or brushed brass tap mixers
  • Try a white metro tile - a classic look that has become iconic over time 

Residence kitchen range from Porcelanosa

#05 Porcelain Countertops - Define the style of your kitchen with XTONE 

  • XTONE by Porcelanosa is a range of large format porcelain slabs with a wide variety of applications including walls, floors and countertops.
  • A beautiful range of styles and finishes offering visual continuity and premium impact.
  • Highly resistant to stains, scratches, chemicals, UV rays, water and thermal stock.
  • Easy to clean and maintain.


 XTONE by Porcelanosa

Start your dream kitchen journey today. Walk-ins are always welcome at our Ballymount Kitchen Studio or you can book a consultation with one of our team here contact 01-855 5200 or email

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