4 of the best new looks for your 2018 kitchen

PUBLISHED: 12:02 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 20 February 2018

Paul Newman

Paul Newman


If your kitchen came under the microscope at the end of 2017 and wasn’t up to scratch, Sarah Hammill meets four local experts who can help you revive the hub of your home

1) Contemporary

Open shelved wall units make a great addition to any kitchen or open-plan living area, to showcase decorative accessories and add a personal touch to any space.

Nigel Hollis, senior design consultant at Hutton Kitchens, comments: ‘With a rise in open-plan living, as well as designing our clients’ kitchens, we are also incorporating lifestyle/media units that seamlessly blend the kitchen with the living area.

‘Our German range offers great modern units, available in a stainless steel or black finish, and the top and bottom shelves come in different colours to match your kitchen.’

Hutton Kitchens, 17 Radford Way, Billericay, CM12 0AA

01277 633301


Hutton KitchensHutton Kitchens

2) City

Worktops can quickly become full if you are fully utilising the kitchen, with crockery, utensils and food taking up space. To avoid clutter, plentiful storage is an absolute necessity in any kitchen, especially one designed for entertaining friends and family.

Richard Davonport, director of Davonport, comments: ‘When it comes to kitchen storage, bespoke solutions will give you the ultimate and practical storage solution with a luxurious, opulent edge – particularly important for the busy festive season.

‘Cupboards designed for specific functions, such as a drinks cupboard or breakfast pantry, will guarantee that the functionality of the design is never sacrificed. And by incorporating special features such as doors that retract into surrounding cabinetry, practical storage can double up as a stunning aesthetic feature in your kitchen.’

Davonport, Peartree Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0LQ

01206 760800



3) Country

Choosing the right cooker can be daunting due to the varied choice. Opt for an energy-efficient, trusted brand and always choose from a reputable trader to ensure your cooker is subject to rigorous quality controls and adheres to all environmental and safety standards.

Emma Leyland, retail sales manager at AGA Chelmsford, comments: ‘An AGA is truly the heart of a home. It makes life so much easier and warmer, with great tasting food. The AGA Total Control is on when you need it and off when you don’t, which means lower running costs and it can also heat up in around 30 minutes.

‘In the winter months you can still leave the AGA on all of the time to create the background ambient heat of a traditional AGA.’

AGA Chelmsford, 74 Baddow Road , Chelmsford, CM2 7PJ

01245 496919

www.agaliving.com www.aga-cookshop.co.uk

Aga ChelmsfordAga Chelmsford

4) Classic

A traditional British kitchen design provides impressive, bespoke cabinetry, emphasises wood finishes and is guaranteed to remain in style for years to come.

Paul Newman, director of Paul Newman Interiors Ltd, comments: ‘Over our 34 years of being in business, we have noticed many design trends come and go. The timeless classic will always be the traditional British handcrafted kitchen, with it’s flexibility of colour and shapes, but still manufactured with the highest quality materials, it fully enhances that warm, homely look.

‘Couple this with the latest technological advances in appliances and you have an elegant, efficient kitchen.’

Paul Newman Interiors, 136 High Street, Hadleigh, SS7 2PB

01702 552868


Paul NewmanPaul Newman


Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Homes & Gardens

Thursday, October 25, 2018

James Merriott continues his watercolourtour of the county in a village which has more beauty than most, despite the impression of its name

Read more
Friday, October 5, 2018

With one of the warmest and driest summers on record, this year has been a difficult one for gardeners. Susie Bulman from The Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market shares some top tips for plant survival, even in these conditions

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Whatever style of carpet, rug or runner you need, we’ve got tips for choosing a style, brands to try and how to care for your new carpet

Read more
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Whatever style of carpet, rug or runner you need, we’ve got tips for choosing a style, brands to try and how to care for your new carpet

Read more
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As we head into Autumn, the change in season is all around us. From the leaves on the trees turning burnt orange and fiery red, to dark mornings and nights bookending our days. As we put the clocks back an hour to battle the darkness, here’s some top tips on how you can keep your home warm and costs down this Autumn.

Read more
Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural energy provider, Calor, gives some top tips for homeowners wanting to make their houses cosy and warm in time for the colder months.

Read more
Friday, July 27, 2018

Essex Life showcases a chic collection of top places to stay which, while close enough to home, still offer an idyllic escape. Here are 12 great staycations in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Hertfordshire

Read more
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Residential property company heylo recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to fair treatment and support to the Armed Forces community, including regulars, reserves, veterans and their families. The signing took place in a ceremony held at Wellington Barracks

Read more
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

You can’t beat that feeling of walking over the threshold of a brand new home that has only been lived in by you. Essex Life showcases a selection of some of the local developments offering you exactly this opportunity

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search