Make sure that your home refurbishment is bristling with these stylish design trends.
10. Are you sitting comfortably?
The formal sitting room at the front of the house collects dust while sofas and chairs are squeezed into the more casual kitchen at the back. “The kitchen is where you live as well as where you cook,” says Giles Sequeira, MD of Empire Builders. “The kitchen is the new living room,” says Roundhouse. “The most demanding room in your house.
11. A bold move
Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue may be THE wall colour right now but it’s only for the adventurous. “Not everyone wants to be brave with colour,” says Claire Burrage of Clara Bee, “but you can use it with soft furnishings rather than the wall colour,” she advises.
12. A view with a room
Roof terraces are the thing – the best views and they add glamour to a bedroom. Not for one Wimbledon couple though, who turned their house upside down to increase the natural light and gain a view, “even if it is only a typical London rooftop, Mary Poppins-type panorama,” says Dermot Steedman of Dermarta Construction. Cocktails are passed out from the sliding window of the top floor kitchen/diner.
13. Maker’s mark
Invest in bespoke furniture to make your home stand out from the rest. “Bespoke is massive now,” says Viki Lander of Ensoul Interior Architecture. “Furniture built in or made for your house is always going to look sleeker.” She’s recently commissioned a solid walnut dressing room, a back-lit onyx bar in a part wood-panelled room, a 3.5m-long marble table and a TV cabinet that rotates 360 degrees so the owners can watch TV from either the bed or a chair.
14. Pop a pod
You may have already completed a loft extension; now add a roof pod, which is built over the two-storey rear addition, adding another bedroom or study. “Timber-framed and lightweight, they are quick to build and cost around £25,000 to construct,” says Joe Purcell of Revive Renovations.
Beautiful warm wood is making a comeback, on floors, walls and exteriors. It helps soften what otherwise could be stark, plain slab elevations front and back, and is part of the Sixties’ revival style in new-builds.
16. Always look on the bright side
Don’t mar your view of the garden with framed bi-folds; install minimal frame sliding glass doors and maximise the feeling of already sitting in the garden with a cocktail in hand!
WHY INVEST IN A BESPOKE KITCHEN?
Today’s kitchen is more than the utilitarian space of old. It’s at the heart of the home, a social hub as well as a food factory. So it follows that your kitchen furniture should look as good as it can, as it often extends into – and becomes part of – the general living space.
The old adage that you get what you pay for is still very true. A bespoke kitchen will be of the highest quality build and design, specifically tailored to your requirements, custom-made to fit your lifestyle and should last a lifetime. To use a tailoring analogy; a bespoke kitchen is like a bespoke suit – made to fit each individual size and shape.
With pressure on every inch of space in urban homes, combined with the desire for a large social area where family and friends can convene, open-plan kitchens with a large, practical, multi-functional island are the most popular, but they need to be planned very carefully to maximise the space.
Bespoke designers really go the extra mile to understand their clients’ needs and ideas. With an understanding of the client’s lifestyle, they can produce creative work that is not only of the highest quality, but is specifically tailored to their space and requirements.
Remember your kitchen is used every day and has to stand up to those rigours, so by spending more you’ll get exactly what you want as well as a kitchen that’s built to last. And if you do ever move, bespoke designs of the highest build and design quality are a very saleable feature.