Planning a kitchen renovation in the coming months? Make your space future-proof with the latest and greatest design ideas for your kitchen.
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Even if you're opting for a classic kitchen design, there's no escaping the trends that will inform the finishes you choose for your new space. From colour and layout to your choice of sink and worktop, every micro-detail of your kitchen design is an important decision.
Take a look at the top predictions for 2020 from the experts at LochAnna Kitchens and keep your kitchen ahead of the curve when it comes to interior design trends.
Colour in the kitchen
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Traditionally, homeowners have always leant towards neutral hues for kitchen cabinets, tiles and flooring. This is because a new kitchen is an expensive investment and re-sale appeal has always been considered an important value.
However, as the trend towards 'improve, don't move' grows, so does our courage with colour in the kitchen. From subtle, grown-up shades of dark blue and green to fun, bold hues of pink and yellow, choosing a colourful kitchen shows that you're creating a home for living in. And, of course, if you choose a quality kitchen, re-painting it when you come to sell won't actually break the bank.
Want some colourful inspiration? Check out this spectrum of vibrant kitchens.
Image: Kitchen design by Laura Butler Madden
The kitchen is now the heart of the home, so any re-design should focus on transforming it into a space that's not only for cooking, but living, socialising and entertaining too.
Open-plan kitchens, which include dining areas and often living rooms too, are ideal for everything from eating together as a family to getting the kids' homework done in the evening. If you have the space, opt for a kitchen island, like this design by Laura Butler Madden, featuring Fritz Fryer Wellington glass pendant lights. An island offers you great versatility - extra cooking space, as well as room for casual dining and socialising.
You can see how we use Fritz Fryer's beautiful lighting designs in our festive social spaces at the Ideal Home Show Christmas room sets.
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As we do spend more time in our kitchens socialising, storage is transforming to offer not only practicality, but also a way to streamline a kitchen's appearance and hide away unnecessary mess. Ideas such as breakfast stations are becoming the new must-haves for kitchens. They hold common appliances like coffee machines and toasters, which would otherwise clutter the worktop, behind easy access bi-fold or pocket doors.
The future of kitchen design also sees a lot more experimentation with finishes for door hardware, taps and sinks. In a simple kitchen, the likes of this copper kitchen mixer tap and sink can be the standout finish that gives the space real design flair.
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Natural materials continue to be a big trend in our kitchens - from wood grain to beautiful stone and marble. However, where these materials don't always meet the required levels of durability needed for the modern family home, ranges of realistic faux-effect finishes are becoming more and more popular. From hardwearing porcelain tiles to practically indestructable quartz worksurfaces, look at the benefits of these mock materials before you opt for the real thing.
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