Our customers always ask us about current trends and believe me, keeping up to date with what is considered to be the latest design statement is a job in itself.

Do you remember minimalism?  A design trend that guided buyers to light neutral tones, clean lines and storage solutions a plenty to keep all their clutter hidden.  I was reading an article in this months edition of Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom (eKBB) and it would appear that we are now heading into a period called Maximalism; a period of colour, boldness and enrichment.

This latest shift has come off the back of a long line of many.  Grey is the new cream, metallics enhance your space, natural products create interest, inject colour into your cabinetry, get the industrial look, use different tones of white and then more white, the list goes on!

When our customers ask us about current trends the reason is that they are keen to create a space that won’t date, a space that will stand the test of time.  It is at this point that we turn the concept of ‘a trend’ on its head a little.  We view trends as a wonderful source of inspiration of what can be achieved, product availability and innovation as opposed to fashion.  Magazines, social media, television, are all a constant source of inspiration.

So what does this mean for our customer?  When looking at kitchen trends the question that needs to be answered first is, why are you improving your home?  Is it with a view to ultimately re sell, whether this be short or long term, or are you improving your home simply for you to enjoy?

If the answer is yes to the first then we would always recommend looking at designs that are relatively neutral, designs without too much of a permanent personal statement; a design that uses quality products and design to make your home stand out from the crowd.  It is important to remember that buyers will naturally want to put their own stamp on their new home.  They will be looking for a kitchen and bathroom that is of a good quality, in good condition, can be lived in without immediate attention and isn’t offensive to their pallet.  Splash backs, paint colours, tiles etc, are all relatively easy and inexpensive to change.  Cabinets, worktops and appliances generally are not.

If you are looking to improve your home for you, then we suggest looking at kitchen trends to see what you like and dislike.  Those thoughts then combined with the overall feel and period of your home, or if you are undertaking a full refurbishment of your home the overall design impression you are working to achieve, will then work to create a space that is unique to you.  A space for you to enjoy and relax.  You may lose some of your likes along the way and have your dislikes positively challenged but what you will end up with is a space that is right for you.  Yes, your tastes may change over time, but beginning with a space you love is always a great place to start.  Use trends to your advantage, do not be defined by them.

Neutral toned kitchen, personalised with a rich toned splash back.

Strong period colours in keeping with this home, enrich the neutral toned cabinetry.

Beautifully crafted wood doors, traditional yet modern lines, all in keeping with the property.

The industrial trend has given us access to a raft of beautiful light fittings.  These pendants look stunning in their modern shaker setting.