4 of the best new looks for your 2018 kitchen
PUBLISHED: 12:02 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:03 20 February 2018
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
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
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
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
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