Thinking of a New Kitchen?

If you want to begin 2015 with a new kitchen, then you need to start thinking about design ideas. Here we look at some of the latest trends in kitchen design, as well as quick and simple ways for you to update the look of your room.

One of the issues with redesigning your kitchen is the cost. Therefore you don’t want to choose a style that’s going to date quickly. It’s best to make a compromise between the latest fashions and a style that is more timeless. This could be achieved by choosing a classic base and then adding in some features that are on trend. These areas, such as knobs and handles, cabinet doors or taps, can be easily and cheaply altered rather than having to go for a complete refit.

Wood Remains Popular
Any type of wood is always a good option for kitchens. It provides a strong and durable base, making it a good investment. There is a wide range of choice when it comes to selecting the type of wood you’re going to use, with a variety of grains and stains. You need to decide whether you want to go for a lighter or darker look, which will largely depend on the size of your kitchen and the amount of natural light available. Small and dark kitchens would probably suit a lighter shade, whereas larger and brighter spaces could accommodate a darker variety. Oak remains a popular choice, but other varieties that are increasing in use include maple and cherry wood.

The Minimalist Look
White has always been commonly used for kitchen appliances, but it is now being seen more across cabinets and work surfaces as well. This is an excellent choice if you want to achieve a clean and minimalist look, which works particularly well in contemporary properties. Choosing white across your kitchen means that the appliances won’t stand out from the units and gives you a seamless look. You can then accentuate certain areas by bringing in elements of bright and bold colouring in the small appliances or furniture.

Warmer Metals
A few years ago, all people wanted were stainless-steel features. These haven’t gone out of fashion, but there are now more options when it comes to metal fixtures and fittings. Coloured metals, including brass and chrome, give a warmer finish and make the room more inviting. They can be used on taps, knobs and handles or other fittings. If you don’t have a large budget but still want to give your kitchen a makeover, these can be easily added into an existing space.

The design and style of your kitchen can say a great deal about your home. Before you decide on a particular style, you need to consider how you’re going to use the room and whether it’s a family dining space or somewhere just for cooking. This will then play a substantial role in the design ideas you select.

If you would like help designing and installing a new kitchen, call A&J Building on 01506 437 771 or email