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Kitchen tips from the experts

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:05 12 April 2016

EXG MAR 16 ASK THE EXPERT

EXG MAR 16 ASK THE EXPERT

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Getting the balance right between a kitchen that functions as it should, but that also has the wow factor can be a challenge. Sarah Hammill meets four local experts with all the know-how you need

Julie Pryor, Tec Lifestyle

Julie Pryor has 16 years of experience under her belt designing kitchens and has seen many trends come and go, as well as massive improvements to the choices available in numerous areas. Julie’s current role at Tec Lifestyle is to design the best kitchen for individual customers, both practically in a sense of ensuring that the allocated space flows, along with the most aesthetically pleasing design possible.

What is your favourite statement kitchen piece?

I am a particular fan of our Lifestyle German kitchen range. With statement pieces, there are a few that spring to mind, but my current favourite is the boiling tap. It offers fantastic functionality and is a massive time saver for our busy lives, as well as good value for money. Kitchens are no longer just for cooking and washing up! They are increasingly becoming ‘the heart of the home’ in need of statement pieces, and should be designed with this is mind.

Tec Lifestyle

Wycke Hill Business Park, Wycke Hill, Maldon, Essex CM9 6WH , 01621 878488, www.tec-lifestyle.com

Lifestyle German kitchen, Tec LifestyleLifestyle German kitchen, Tec Lifestyle

Jonathan Turner, Bryan Turner Kitchens

Jonathan Turner is a senior designer at Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture, a Norfolk company that has been going for nearly 30 years and specialises in bespoke deisgn. Jonathan enjoys all types of kitchen design, but has particular experience with listed and period properties.

What are your predictions for future kitchen trends?

Boiling water taps have become incredibly popular, but the latest four way designs go one better – delivering hot, cold, filtered cold and filtered boiling water. Steam ovens are also coming into their own. They’re a brilliantly healthy way to cook food and can be integrated within a bank of built-in ovens and a warming drawer. Specialist surface cooking appliances are also becoming more mainstream and products such as high powered wok burners or a tepan can be a real focus point on an island unit. Technology-wise, induction hobs just get better and better – they’re safe, fast and very sleek.

Bryan Turner Kitchens Ltd

Fitzmaurice Court, Station Road, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0NN, 01953 601567, www.bryanturnerkitchens.com

Bryan Turner Kitchens LtdBryan Turner Kitchens Ltd

Richard Knight, Bentons Kitchens at Stellisons

Richard Knight has been designing kitchens for more than 30 years and has managed showrooms for most of that time selling mainly European kitchens and English bespoke furniture. Richard endeavours to ensure he is up to date with current trends and products and has just completed the total refurbishment of the Chelmsford showroom to make it probably one of the best showrooms in the area. Richard has been a previous winner of the Miele Grand Designs award for designing a £60k kitchen which was displayed last year at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at the NEC Birmingham.

What common errors are made when designing a kitchen?

Common mistakes made by people when reinventing their kitchens are usually trying to get too many cupboards in, leaving the room feeling cramped and cluttered. Today’s kitchens need to offer much more – they need to meet the current demands of family living and be up to date with the latest technology including the rapid rise in steam cooking and induction hobs. Extraction is another item that people do not pay enough attention to, especially in modern, open plan living.

Bentons at Stellisons

Chelmsford Kitchen Showroom, 23-27 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0XQ, 01245 256680, www.stellisonselectrical.co.uk

Benton's Kitchens at StellisonsBenton's Kitchens at Stellisons

Tony Nicholas, Nicholas Anthony

Nicholas Anthony was started by Tony Nicholas Senior as a family business more than 50 years ago. Tony junior joined the business 30 years and as the managing director he enjoys looking at all aspects of the business, ensuring excellence in kitchen design for his clients.

What are your most favoured kitchen themes?

At Nicholas Anthony we offer a range of SieMatic kitchen ranges including the glamorous Classic BeauxArts range. Creating a feeling of timeless elegance, its sensitive design uses extravagant design elements. It contrasts classic features such as lower cabinets with a profiled frame front, against modern elements such as the tall, handle-less gloss units. The eclectic design also plays with light and reflective finishes with polished nickel display cabinets and a stainless steel extractor hood and light fixtures. The subtle design of Siematic’s Pure Collection demonstrates how to integrate modern handle-less cabinetry into the architecture of a space, to create an atmosphere of soothing balance. It features a central island with open shelves which display interesting objects, showing how it’s possible to blend living spaces. The minimalist design features, clear lines and generous surfaces, let the beautiful Nero Marquina marble splashback become an attractive feature.

Nicholas Anthony

43-45 London Road, Lexden, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9AJ, 01206 363200, www.nicholas-anthony.co.uk

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