Kitchen Connections owner Anna Sadej is a driven person. Since acquiring the company three years ago the Garratt Lane, Earlsfield showroom has gone from strength to strength, fitting the stylish German-made kitchens in more and more homes south of the river, from Earlsfield and Tooting to Southfields and Wimbledon.
The beauty of Schuller Kitchens is that the vast range “offers something for everybody,” explains Anna. Bespoke pieces can provide something unique in the heart of your home but either way there is a vast selection of 27 different colours, plus a variety of widths and surface variations.
“We design and fit kitchens that provide solutions for different structural conditions, for kitchen users of different heights, for different requirements as regards storage space and for different budgets,” says Anna.
A free design service will optimise the space you have, based on the triangle of fridge, hob and sink, to realise the best flow in the kitchen. “It’s not always possible to achieve that triangle but we create enough space for the aisles so that they are not too close, and will sometimes fit a sink in an island if it’s deep enough. A hob is always better against a wall,” she advises.
The design is viewed in 3D to help clients envisage the finished space. Six weeks later your dream kitchen will be sitting in the company’s storage facility in Kent, waiting delivery to the site once the builders have laid the floor.
What to choose will probably be the most taxing task as there is so much choice. Those on a tight budget can plump for wood veneer cupboards and easily come in under £15,000 for a fabulous new kitchen. The veneers are categorised in 11 price groups. At the other end of the scale are ceramic doors and worktops, as smooth as trendy polished concrete, which raise the bar to the £50,000 mark for a high-end look.
“We are positioned between Magnet and Poggenpohl,” Anna explains, citing kitchen prices between £10,000 to £60,000.
Last year’s trend has continued away from glossy white kitchens to darker hues, with greys being the dominant colourway, although Anna says that white matt lacquered doors have eclipsed white gloss as you “see less fingerprints and it’s easier to keep clean.”
Beiges and light grey are the most popular colour choices, so too handle-less cupboards to create a minimalist and ‘non-kitchen’ look. Anna explains: “By combining colours, materials – metal, wood and concrete – and textures such as matt, hewn timbers or stone-effect, the look is complete.”
She adds: “Ceramic is going from strength to strength, especially slim-line surfaces which are just 12mm thick. And still very popular are light-coloured composite tops, in white or grey, resembling the beautiful veining in marble.”
“THE BEAUTY OF SCHULLER KITCHENS IS THAT THE VAST RANGE OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY”
Hiding unsightly kitchen equipment is still trending and Kitchen Connection’s offers a high-end solution – electric shutters that glide over the toasters, kettles, NutriBullets and the like – or more affordable pocket doors that can double up as storage for herbs and spices. “It’s a quick way of tidying the kitchen,” says Anna.
Wine fridges, boiling water taps and taps with filters to provide good drinking water are still proving popular elements to any new kitchen design.
What hasn’t changed either is the space a modern kitchen occupies; still open– plan and, more often than not, created by building back extensions so that the whole family can sit at a breakfast bar or dining table.
With Anna’s design input, Kitchen Connections can help you create a family-centric space that’s both within budget and oozing style.