When thinking about a new kitchen, you initially have to decide between two main styles; traditional or modern. A traditional kitchen will have detailing on the door fronts (shaker-style or tongue and groove) whereas a modern kitchen tends to have a flat slab door and is very often handle-less.Read More
The time has come to look ahead to 2019 and the trends that are transpiring in all the design magazines for your home and kitchen. Below are a handful of the style ideas that you can adopt to ensure your new kitchen emerges from one of the glossy pages, straight into your home.
Our busy lifestyles have resulted in a need for multi-purpose rooms in our homes and the obvious room to extend and adapt into this kind of space is the kitchen. This is where visitors naturally congregate and, by no coincidence, it’s also where food makes an appearance and wine is poured!
A large open plan kitchen is top of every modern family’s list but, you need to ensure that you include everything to meet your needs as a family and make sure it looks great for years to come. Read this blog to discover what you should consider to create your perfect family kitchen.
1. An Eating Area
A place to sit has to be at the top of the ‘family kitchen’ wish list. Whether you have space for an island or just a small breakfast bar with a couple of stools, it’s a must to have some seating so that the room can be used for more than just cooking. Having some seating automatically makes the space sociable where spouses can perch for a chat and teens can sit for a while (albeit looking at their phones!) Ideally you’ll be able to create plenty of space for a dining table and chairs where family meals can linger.
2. The Right Layout
The best kitchen layout for you and your family can make or break your new room. The layout will depend on the kind of environment that you’re trying to create. If you prefer to keep a ‘child-free’ zone, a peninsular or U-shaped layout will keep one end of the kitchen area closed off, discouraging the youngest family members from getting under your feet. If on the other hand you prefer a family-orientated space, an open plan arrangement with an island or an L-shape layout will allow the family to freely access the kitchen area and the multi-purpose zones will blend into one large welcoming space.
3. A Durable Work Surface
It’s essential for your kitchen to be able to withstand day to day life and a young family will certainly put it through its paces. With some careful planning though, you can ensure your new kitchen will stand the test of time and still look great once the kids have flown the nest. Dekton, Glass and Ceramic work surfaces are by far the most durable – they’re scratch resistant and highly heat and stain resistant. In fact, Dekton is the only work surface guaranteed against heat damage from pans being placed on it. Granite, Quartz and Corian are next in line for durability as they’re also heat resistant and any small scratches can be sanded out of Corian leaving it looking as good as new.
4. A Place to Relax
To ensure that your new kitchen becomes the heart of your home, make space for some comfy seating and a TV and it’s bound to become the room that you all gravitate to! Wipe clean leather is preferable for the sofa or chairs as they’re less likely to absorb smells from cooking and are great with small children’s spillages and/or pet hairs. If you have small children, you could incorporate a play area near the seating with the use of hidden storage for toys and a soft rug for them to play on.
5. The Latest Technology
If you’re updating your kitchen to create a space to cook, work and relax in, you need to make sure that you future-proof it by installing plenty of electrical sockets in the right places for all the devices belonging to the family, now and in the future. There’s also some innovative technology available that can be designed into your new kitchen to enhance life in your new room. An integrated sound system which turns any flat surface, such as plinths, into a speaker is ingenious. A wireless charger fitted into the work surface is another tech options to consider and wall panelling that include an iPad holder means you’re never far from your favourite box-set. A wireless phone charger point can even be integrated into a Corian worktop with just a small dot showing the ‘hotspot’…clever stuff.
6. Versatile Lighting
If you’re creating a multi-functional room, the chances are you’ll require different grades of lighting for the different activities going on. In the daytime the kitchen is a hive of activity with kids and adults in and out so it needs to be well lit. Good lighting is essential for the cooking area too and spot lights work well for this zone. Low hanging pendant lights above the dining table work well and, if fitted with a dimmer switch, the strength of lighting can be varied depending on whether the kids are having their tea or if you’re having a romantic meal with your other half. The seating area will require some ambient lighting so that you’re able to relax in the evening and table lamps work well for this area.
7. Appliances to Make Your Life Easier
Life is tricky enough. Juggling work and family life isn’t easy so why not make things a little simpler by making mindful choices and opting for appliances that are designed for convenience. If you have a baby (or are planning one) choose a dishwasher that heats to 90°, which may eliminate the need for a separate bottle steriliser. An induction hob is more efficient than gas and isn’t hot to the touch so is a lot safer with young family members milling about. It’s worth considering washer-dryers that have large capacity settings to cope with the amount of washing a family produces. Boiling hot water taps are another brilliant time saver. You can get your coffee-fix instantly, warm the baby bottles without waiting for the kettle to boil and get that pasta cooking quicker for your 5 year old…possibly all at the same time!
Following these tips will help you plan the perfect kitchen for your family whether they’re big or small. If you’d like more advice about your kitchen layout or which style to go for, you can book a FREE one-to-one consultation with one of our interior designers <HERE>
We’re all secretly loving ‘Love Island’…but we actually love islands…of the kitchen variety and there’s a design out there which is so much more than ‘just your type on paper’!
In the past, island units were exclusively for the biggest kitchens in the biggest houses and were perhaps more of a statement that you owned a kitchen large enough to house an island rather than it actually being an integral part of the design. Now, an island unit is so much more…it’s the linchpin of many kitchen designs and creates a centre piece that’s functional, stylish and unites open plan living areas beautifully.
Sustainability, that’s how! The German Kitchen manufacturer, Schüller, are known for their high quality manufacturing but perhaps a little less known is their devotion to finding ways to reduce the amount of land-fill waste and lower emissions during the manufacturing and delivery of their kitchens. Their ongoing commitment to doing their share to preserve the environment is honourable and we think it should be shouted about a little more than it already is!
So, what is sustainability?
If you’re interested in design of any kind, knowing the latest trends for the coming year is a must and, whether it’s for your home or for your wardrobe, getting some tips from the ‘people in the know’ is invaluable and ensures you stay one step ahead of the game. Of course, when you’re investing a chunk of money into your home, you may not want it so ‘on trend’ that it’ll be out of fashion within a year but picking up on some of the latest trends in colours, textures and design, will make sure your new kitchen leads the way in style and luxury.
Kitchens are the heart of any modern home and so much more than just somewhere to cook. They’re used for socialising, eating, ‘helping’ with the kid’s homework and, let’s face it…dumping stuff!
When it comes to your new kitchen design, a good layout in the ‘business end’ of the kitchen allows you to have all the items you need in easy reach but organised in such a way that there’s no clutter. It’s important to have the right amount of usable worktop space to ensure you can use the kitchen to its full potential.