Kitchen Confidential

11th June 2010

It’s the hub in the home… Andrew Leech, Executive Director of the National Home Improvement Council, looks at the current trends in kitchen design and layout.

Kitchens have evolved to become integrated spaces where families and friends mingle and entertain, as well as cook. A larger area is necessary to accommodate all the functions that are now carried out in the kitchen, so creating a larger room by extending or knocking into an adjoining room is a popular option.

When space is limited, clever design and modern appliances can still create a room that works as the hub of the home. And remember, ensure that your new kitchen is energy efficient and conserves water.

Contemporary styling is clearly extremely popular at the moment and this year’s big trend is the industrial look using stainless steel, concrete and glass, or grainy wooden units with lots of texture. Worktops of varying thickness, placed at different heights and mixing in different materials, are also set to be trendy, adding even more interest and energy to the kitchen.

An integrated dining area or kitchen island is also going to continue to be popular as it allows the social aspect of this room, that has become so important, to continue.

Along with kitchens becoming bigger, so are the appliances. American-style fridge-freezers in particular are almost becoming the new ‘sign of wealth’ – the bigger the better! Co-ordinating built-in appliances are also very ‘on trend’… matching built-in steam ovens, coffee machines and wine coolers.

When it comes to choosing from the latest cookers, ovens and hobs, the choice is extremely varied. And daunting. Take advice from your kitchen specialist about how you like to cook and how often you cook for the family or friends. As an experienced professional, they will be able to advise on what type of cooker would be most suitable. Whatever you choose you will find that modern appliances come with an impressive array of safety features and functions compared to your old model.

Reputable retailers will also be able to guide you through all the new products available and advise which will best suit your needs, your vision – and your budget. You can ensure that the purchase and installation of your new kitchen are stress-free by choosing a reputable retailer. Make your first port of call the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association, a trade organisation founded 30 years ago to promote excellence within the interiors industry and protect the consumer.

All KBSA retailers are monitored stringently to ensure that best standards of product, installation and customer service are upheld, and all showrooms are carefully vetted prior to any membership application being accepted.

The KBSA can advise on aspects of kitchen design and products (visit their website at www.kbsa.co.uk) and supply information about member retailers throughout the UK – there are more than 400 – to give you guaranteed peace of mind.

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