Light, space, splashes of colour and textured surfaces are just some of the key trends in kitchen design for 2013 according to industry experts Kitchens International. The muted conservatism of recent years is giving way to more bold designs with high tech fixtures, clever designs and the use of more natural materials, especially glass.
Buying a kitchen is a major investment, so making the right choice is a tad more difficult than deciding what to make for dinner. The recipe for success is planning and researching the market thoroughly.
A kitchen is a very personal space that has to meet the needs of your family’s lifestyle, therefore planning in general – and storage in particular – has to take into account how you live, right down to and including things such as food preferences and how frequently you shop.
Whether you’re after an extra prep area, want to break up a large expanse of space or simply don’t have room for an island, peninsulas are a great solution. An ideal alternative that is fixed to a wall and is one of the most versatile and hardworking pieces you can add to your kitchen. It’s perfect for housing appliances or, if you have an open-plan kitchen-diner, it’s also a great way to divide the room into different zones.
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If you can’t decide whether your peninsula should act as a dining area or as a space for food prep, why not simply divide it in half and have both?
Use contrasting colours for maximum effect, such as in this Classic-FS Ios-M kitchen, with its bold black and white design. Framing the corner of the peninsula, a black storage unit features concealed drawers for added storage.
Neutral Tones for classic appeal –
For long-lasting interest and allure, this Leicht Sand Grey and Stone Oak design unites a long peninsula and breakfast bar with slim stone surfaces and a vivid glass splashback. It costs from £15,000.
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If you’ve ever found yourself hunting around the kitchen for a saucepan or hiking across the room to grab a pint of milk from the fridge, you’ll understand why zoning is so important. It’s a simple idea, separating the kitchen by tasks – cooking, prep and storage – to make the most of the space, and ensure elements that are used together are positioned close to hand. If you’ve set your sights on modern open-plan living, zoning will create a multipurpose scheme that’s not only stylish but sociable and family-friendly, too.
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For a physical barrier between your kitchen and dining space, consider a peninsula unit that adjoins a wall at one end. This walnut and painted design by Kitchens International has a curved glass table for extra flexibility. From £20,000
For further information, please call into your local showroom or telephone 0845 074 0022
For further information, please call into your local showroom or phone 0131 337 3434
We’re exhibiting this weekend – 1-2nd Sept – at the Scottish Homes Show in Aberdeen. With a big stand showing some of our latest kitchen designs including a beautfiul contemporary Leicht kitchen and a Poggenpohl kitchen. Celebrity chef Nick Nairn will be on the stand giving cookery demonstrations and advice on how to cook like a chef. Our sales designers will be delighted to chat through ideas with potential customers and you can see and feel for yourself the beauty and functionality of our kitchens. Held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 1st and 2nd of Sept this is a Show not be missed.
Kitchen retailer Kitchens International has fitted out the second Cook School operated by TV chef Nick Nairn. The school, built in a former church hall in Aberdeen city centre, features a Leicht kitchen, Kohler slimline stainless steel sinks and China Blue Falcon range cookers in a design by Kitchens International designer Helen Taylor. The school can host lesons for up to 24 students and is available for private hire and corporate days. Kitchens International previously fitted out Narn’s first school, in Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire.