I recently visited an exhibition in Nottingham showcasing the very latest trends in contemporary kitchen design. As an amateur property developer and of course a homeowner myself this is an area that has become particularly interesting to me in recent years. It seems nowadays the appearance and functionality of a modern fitted kitchen can greatly influence the sale of a property therefore making it worthy of significant investment.
In the past I have opted for ‘off the shelf’ kitchens from well known high street suppliers. My focus has generally been on budget rather than setting new standards in design or style. I have always found them to be perfectly acceptable, good build quality and a decent range of options although nothing with the real wow factor. My latest renovation project is screaming out for something more exciting so I was hoping my visit to the exhibition would open my eyes to the world of bespoke fitted kitchens.
The angles profile of this drawer brings somthing different to this contemporary kitchen
As I spoke to some of the exhibitors I learnt a lot about storage solutions, lighting techniques, new materials and the ergonomics of a modern kitchen. There is a real buzz in the air and this is a very exciting time for kitchen design. Food for thought that’s for sure and all very enlightening but does any of it really translate into a normal British family home? I’m not sure. Is a kitchen really worth this much effort? Or is it just a room full of boxes of various sizes stuck to a all?
I must admit though, I was very impressed by some of the new gadgets that were used during the live cooking demonstration. It is no longer acceptable to fit a standard oven and hob in a bespoke fitted kitchen when there are so many luxury appliances to choose from. The integrated wok is breathtaking,not only does it look impressive but it actually works! I was also rather taken with the idea of a warming drawer, and the steam oven was an item I had read about but never seen in use.
I’m not entirely sure I am sold on the idea of what is now considered contemporary kitchen design. To me it appears cold, stark and a bit too masculine. But I can appreciate what contemporary kitchen design is, why there is such a huge amount of passion surrounding the art, how it will shape the future of our homes and why for some, it becomes an obsession. Follow this link to see the latest design by Mascari http://www.mascari.co.uk/vertex.html
Being clever with your space can increase the usable storage of any bespoke kitchen
You may have created the perfect designer kitchen for dining and socialising with friends, but primarily it is still used for cooking. Badly organised or difficult to access storage may make this far more difficult than it needs to be. There are of course new and innovative storage solutions filtering onto the market all the time, each designed to improve the ergonomics of the domestic kitchen. Below are some simple ideas that can be incorporated into any contemporary kitchen design to improve your culinary experiences.
– Fully extending drawers allow a complete overview of the contents, making it far easier to locate commonly used items. Use cutlery trays, drawer dividers and plate holders to aid organisation further.
– A pull out larder or corner carousel will make it much easier to find ingredients without rummaging around in the back of cupboards.
– Heavy pots and pans should be stored close to the cooking area so they are within easy reach.
– Reduce clutter on your worktops by using available wall space for storage. Shelving, rails and racks offer an assortment of storage options and keep essential items within easy reach.
– Shallow shelves inside cupboards allow you to fit door mounted baskets than increase the overall capacity of the cupboard and also allow the contents to become immediately visible.
– Use the space under your sink for waste disposal, this will help to avoid spillages on the floor and is within easy reach during food preparation.
By incorporating some of these ideas into your design you can create the impression of a luxury fitted kitchen on a fairly reasonable budget. Another option is to have bespoke kitchen furniture designed perfectly to meet your own individual needs. Using a combination of drawers, cupboards and shelving you can create a look that is in keeping with your required style but with practical elements that really work for you.
My family and I have recently moved house, into a 1960’s semi-detached bungalow previously owned by an elderly couple. As you would expect the property is somewhat dated and in need of a considerable amount of renovation work to bring it up date. As is often the case the kitchen in particular is crying out for a blast of contemporary kitchen design wizardry. My husband and I have renovated properties before although usually with the intention of putting them straight back on the market for resale, sticking to a strict budget and keeping choices fairly neutral has always been the main objective so installing bespoke fitted kitchens was out of the question. However on this occasion we intend to make this property our family home for the foreseeable future and with that in mind our focus is less on making a profit and more on creating a home that is comfortable, stylish and reflects our own tastes.
Often referred to as the heart of the home, we felt it was only right to start work on kitchen. Well to be quite honest we had no choice. We had no sink, no cooker and no cupboards so there was actually no kitchen at all when we first moved in, and the novelty of eating microwave food and washing up in the bathroom soon wore off believe me!
Over the years interior design has become a bit of an obsession for the two of us, and if we aren’t plonked in front of yet another rerun of Grand Designs we are traipsing around showrooms and DIY stores looking for inspiration. When it comes to modern fitted kitchens we have picked our way through the pro’s and con’s of dozens of different styles and designs and should by now have some idea of what we like and what we want to achieve. Obviously we wanted our new kitchen to look the part, we want a kitchen with real wow factor, but for me ‘little miss sensible’ it must also be practical. I do not see the point of cupboards so high you need a step ladder to reach them or built in appliances that hardly ever get used and are a nightmare to clean when you actually do!
We are keen admirers of german kitchen design. Their ideas are truly innovative, they are sleek and modern, and the build quality is exceptional. We have seen many examples of german kitchens both in showroom and actually in peoples homes and seriously considered installing one in our new home. But when it comes to kitchen design uk companies have seriously upped their game, and there are now several companies offering beautifully crafted kitchens right here in the UK. From traditional styles, handcrafted from solid wood to the absolute elite in contemporary kitchen design the UK are truly making their mark. So the patriot in me is now determined to buy British and we are now focused on finding the very best homegrown talent.
CAD is a great tool for trying out your contemporary kitchen ideas