An Exciting Year Ahead For Kitchen Design

It promises to be another exciting year ahead for kitchens, with new colours, textures and styles and an impressive array of expanded range content to facilitate the continuing trend for living kitchens.

Variations on the classic shaker door are still one of the most popular choices for our customers.  There is now a wider selection of doors on offer with less fussy details and a modern palette of colours that are appealing to those that live in both traditional and modern homes.

The urban/industrial look is growing in strength with metallic, concrete and mineral finishes a popular choice. Details such as exposed brick, pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture, can be paired with these finishes, evoking the feel of factory spaces but a softer version that looks equally at home within our domestic environment.

We have seen some interesting developments in worktops over the last year with different thicknesses becoming available and options to use matching worktops as end panels, upstands and shelving.

Storage remains important and there are so many options now to personalise storage.  We are loving the new larders that can store everything from spices and condiments to small appliances. With feature end units for magazines, baskets, open shelving and wine storage built in islands, there is a storage solution for everyone.

We are likely to see the trend for concealment in the kitchen grow next year.  Whereas before big bold appliances were on display, they are now being hidden away behind sliding doors.  Likewise a multitude of smaller appliances, such as mixers and coffee machines are also being stored behind closed doors in pantries or tambour units.

Next year we’re anticipating a rise in popularity of grey and other, neutral/earthy tones in the kitchen. Brighter colours can then be added as splashes or features, which can be changed in future without major pricing implications.

Coloured carcasses are more widely available and these allow us to coordinate or contrast within a design. Our experience is that consumers are growing braver in their kitchen design choices and looking to mix and match different styles, materials and textures. 

Increasingly, each kitchen we design has its own look.  Adding statement pieces or iconic pieces of furniture to personalise a design will be more common in 2018.

If you have promised yourself your dream kitchen in 2018 then make an appointment to call in soon - we look forward to seeing you.

Want To Cook Like A Masterchef In Your Own Kitchen?


If you love cooking and are always dreaming of creating MasterChef style dishes in your own home then you will love this new oven from AEG. SenseCook is one of the new Mastery kitchen products, a range offering the world’s first responsive kitchen experience.

This innovative oven takes the temperature out of cooking, using a “CommandWheel” instead.  You select the outcome rather than the temperature or a number in Celsius or Fahrenheit. You say you want a medium-well steak, for example, and insert the Food Sensor probe, and it will do the monitoring for you. This means you can choose a more elaborate recipe and the oven will adjust itself throughout the steps.  This oven understands the results you want, just from the words you choose- an oven that speaks your language.

We will have one of these amazing ovens in the showroom later in the year and will be hosting a workshop with AEG to showcase how it can transform your home cooking- a date will be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can have a sneak preview, take a look at this video.



By Wednesday, 22 November 2017 12:07 Published in Kitchens