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Planning on having a kitchen refit in 2017? We don’t blame you. There are few better ways to breathe new life into a home than to get the kitchen – the heart of the house – redesigned.

With any large-scale change of a house it is important to think of longevity. This goes for the materials used, ensuring that they are of a quality that will stand the test of time. It also goes for your design choices, as some remain in vogue for perpetuity, others drift in and out style.

Here are our five tips for ensuring you create a timeless kitchen.

Go white

Aim for white walls, white cabinet doors and a light-coloured counter top. You don’t have to make your whole kitchen white, but the main features should be light and reflective. You will probably want to add some colour into your kitchen, as an all white kitchen can begin to feel a little clinical. Colour should be added via the accessories and ornaments – in other words, anything easily replaceable, such as tablecloths, stalls, crockery, pots or pans. This means that if a colour falls from fashion or you tire of it, you will not need a large-scale redecoration. Rather a refreshing lick of white paint, some fresh crockery and curtains or blinds can completely renovate a largely unchanged kitchen space.

 

Quartz countertops

 

Get the timeless stone look without all the upkeep. Quartz is a manufactured stone-finish countertop. Being manufactured means that there is a wider range of colours and finishes available than would be found with granite or marble. A main benefit of quartz is that it is non-porous. This means it is far more resistant to staining than granite would be. A further convenient benefit is that quartz does not need yearly treating, as granite will do. For the kitchen of the future, you would be wise to opt for quartz over other natural stones.

 

Open plan kitchens

Opening out the kitchen to a room for living in, rather than working in has been the largest change in household layout in recent years. This does not look set to change. Making the most of the space you have is key to this. If you have capability you could knock through into what was once a more formal dining room to merge the two. With this newfound space you can create an open plan kitchen that caters towards relaxation, socialising, dining, entertaining and cooking all in one versatile space. You can feel certain in these structural changes, as this is a trend that is well and truly here to stay.

 

Induction hobs

These hobs are slowly turning from the future of kitchen design to the present. As they become more affordable they become more accessible, and more widely-used. Take the leap and head into the future of the kitchen. The convenience of an induction hob is that it looks elegant, it works efficiently and, most importantly, is extremely safe. These types of hob use electromagnetism to transfer heat directly into the pan. This means no heat is wasted and when turned off they almost immediately revert to being cool enough to touch without burning. An induction cooker means dangerous gas cookers will become a thing of the past. So too will electric hobs that retain a lot of heat for a long time after cooking.

 

Big sinks

Big, deep and flat-bottomed sinks are becoming more and more prevalent. This is because they offer ultimate convenience. Large pots, pans or vases can easily be hand-washed in such a large space. They also accommodate a high-performance tap. Tall silver-finished taps are all the rage and look set to stay that way. To get the professional kitchen feel go for a flexible tap that allows for bending and pulling in one direction or another. A high-pressure tap can also lessen the load and reduce a lot of the elbow grease needed when washing up hard to clean roasting tins.

The key to a long-lasting design trend tends to be in its convenience. All of the above five points put their focus on practicality before ostentation. The key when designing a kitchen is to find items that work exceedingly well whilst also looking great. We think these five tips do exactly that.

Come in to one of our showrooms and discuss with us how we can give your kitchen a timeless redesign.

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With any large-scale change of a house it is important to think of longevity. This goes for the materials used, ensuring that they are of a quality that will stand the test of time. It also goes for your design choices, as some remain in vogue for perpetuity, others drift in and out style.

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Go white

Aim for white walls, white cabinet doors and a light-coloured counter top. You don’t have to make your whole kitchen white, but the main features should be light and reflective. You will probably want to add some colour into your kitchen, as an all white kitchen can begin to feel a little clinical. Colour should be added via the accessories and ornaments – in other words, anything easily replaceable, such as tablecloths, stalls, crockery, pots or pans. This means that if a colour falls from fashion or you tire of it, you will not need a large-scale redecoration. Rather a refreshing lick of white paint, some fresh crockery and curtains or blinds can completely renovate a largely unchanged kitchen space.

 

Quartz countertops

 

Get the timeless stone look without all the upkeep. Quartz is a manufactured stone-finish countertop. Being manufactured means that there is a wider range of colours and finishes available than would be found with granite or marble. A main benefit of quartz is that it is non-porous. This means it is far more resistant to staining than granite would be. A further convenient benefit is that quartz does not need yearly treating, as granite will do. For the kitchen of the future, you would be wise to opt for quartz over other natural stones.

 

Open plan kitchens

Opening out the kitchen to a room for living in, rather than working in has been the largest change in household layout in recent years. This does not look set to change. Making the most of the space you have is key to this. If you have capability you could knock through into what was once a more formal dining room to merge the two. With this newfound space you can create an open plan kitchen that caters towards relaxation, socialising, dining, entertaining and cooking all in one versatile space. You can feel certain in these structural changes, as this is a trend that is well and truly here to stay.

 

Induction hobs

These hobs are slowly turning from the future of kitchen design to the present. As they become more affordable they become more accessible, and more widely-used. Take the leap and head into the future of the kitchen. The convenience of an induction hob is that it looks elegant, it works efficiently and, most importantly, is extremely safe. These types of hob use electromagnetism to transfer heat directly into the pan. This means no heat is wasted and when turned off they almost immediately revert to being cool enough to touch without burning. An induction cooker means dangerous gas cookers will become a thing of the past. So too will electric hobs that retain a lot of heat for a long time after cooking.

 

Big sinks

Big, deep and flat-bottomed sinks are becoming more and more prevalent. This is because they offer ultimate convenience. Large pots, pans or vases can easily be hand-washed in such a large space. They also accommodate a high-performance tap. Tall silver-finished taps are all the rage and look set to stay that way. To get the professional kitchen feel go for a flexible tap that allows for bending and pulling in one direction or another. A high-pressure tap can also lessen the load and reduce a lot of the elbow grease needed when washing up hard to clean roasting tins.

The key to a long-lasting design trend tends to be in its convenience. All of the above five points put their focus on practicality before ostentation. The key when designing a kitchen is to find items that work exceedingly well whilst also looking great. We think these five tips do exactly that.

Come in to one of our showrooms and discuss with us how we can give your kitchen a timeless redesign.