Get The Look: Make your kitchen the heart of your home
PUBLISHED: 13:43 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:44 06 February 2017
The kitchen is regularly referred to as being the heart of the home and increasingly is used as a space to dine too. Sarah Hammill picks out inspiring styles to entice diners to the table
Choosing a kitchen surface can be daunting, but the right design can last a lifetime and can improve the look of the cooking area. Sleek surfaces instantly provide a stylish finish, and with advances in technology targeting the earth’s natural resources, many surfaces not only add value to the kitchen but are protective, scratch-resistant materials also.
Bernard Hogan, director of Granite Granite, comments: ‘Cambria is pure, natural quartz, one of the hardest and most common minerals on Earth ideal as a durable kitchen surface and stunning for islands. Some of Cambria’s designs have the natural look and feel of granite, marble and other quarried stones, but promises superior performance because of its strength and durability. It is non-porous and will not absorb food and liquids like granite does. And best of all, it is maintenance-free.’
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It is easy to transform a kitchen into a sophisticated entertaining space simply by including an island in the design. An island is a great way to introduce more all-important worktop space into your kitchen with the added bonus of allowing you to face into the room and your guests while preparing meals, which has to be infinitely more entertaining than facing a wall.
Senior designer at Bryan Turner Kitchens, Jonathan Turner, comments: ‘Our bespoke islands are designed to include curved lines, which draw the eye to the centre of the room and in turn the island. As well as being the centrepiece of the room, it boasts a built-in sink, an integrated dishwasher and a Miele oven enabling it to become a hub of activity in the room. Choosing a light grey colour on the cabinetry imparts a calming effect and a polished, natural stone worktop means light is reflected around the room, leaving the kitchen with a finish as timeless as the country property which houses it.’
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Storage is an absolute necessity in any kitchen and it’s imperative that it’s factored in heavily when planning a new kitchen. A pantry can be the ideal solution be it a small, clever solution to clutter or a floor to ceiling facility. Install broad shelves for easy access to lesser used kitchen products and organise to your own convenience.
Richard Davonport, director of Davonport, comments: ‘When it comes to kitchen storage, a pantry is the ultimate luxury and something we see a lot of in our projects. Their versatility is what makes them so popular; this one piece of furniture can be used to store dried and fresh food alongside glassware, crockery and even cook books, and of course, they’re stunning features too. A bespoke Davonport pantry can be personalised with different foods or quotes on drawers and vegetable crates and even a house or family name above the doors – a truly stunning finishing touch.’
When overhauling the kitchen the most important feature is what isn’t actually seen – the carcass of the design hidden behind doors and panels. While it might not be the most glamorous part of the design work, it is the secure foundation of the kitchen cabinetry and a tough, high quality piece will decide the longevity and durability of cupboards. When choosing a carcass, opt for materials with added density, moisture resistance and easy-clean.
Terry Hills, director of Hunters Brook, comments: ‘Here at Hunters Brook we are a little different to other kitchen companies in that we manufacture our own kitchen carcasses on-site to a bespoke specification. All carcasses are glued and dowelled with an 18mm thickness to front, back, top and sides. All units are made to a very high standard with soft close doors and drawers being as standard, providing a sleek finish to any kitchen.’
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