Design & Build: Edit #2 KITCHEN DESIGN TIPS from NappyValleyNet

Last Updated on : 20th March 2018


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Welcome to Design & Build: Edit#2

This month we’re looking at the latest trends in kitchens. From space-saving layouts to mixing up materials, plus the good news that metallics are here to stay, we’ve spoken to the leading designers in the area about the latest schemes to make the heart of the home work for you.

We hope you find it inspiring!



Bold and beautiful

This kitchen from Kitchen Connections is a great example of blending various materials including wood, quartz and glass. Rustic wood texture has been integrated into the design and black painted fronts contrast beautifully with marble-effect worktops. The island was designed as a unit to incorporate an oak table with the joinery being kept to a minimum.


Mix your metals

There is a continuing trend to mix several different types of metal and metal finishes. Designers are no longer limited to just using chrome or stainless steel in the kitchen. Nowadays you can mix up stainless steel, chrome, copper, brass or black anodised finishes to great effect and really anything goes, as shown in this fantastic scheme by Run Projects.



Let it shine

Metallic finishes, such as patinated silver, burnished bronze and copper, bring a beautiful, textural dimension to the kitchen. Roundhouse Design uses metallic finishes as the perfect solution for those seeking luxury in the kitchen. Used as an accent in combination with other textures, such as

a beautiful veneer, matt lacquer or

natural stone, they create an understated yet rich look.




On task

In a kitchen you need several different types of light, from task lighting for food preparation to mood lighting for entertaining. Lighting doesn’t need to just come from above – by adding layers of light (from floor to ceiling) you can create a much more pleasing and interesting scheme. LED strip lighting in the steps leading to this Run Projects kitchen adds another level of illumination to this scheme; these are a great feature which is enhanced through the mosaic tiling.


A bright idea

Pendant lights have long been a stalwart of contemporary kitchen design. These clear cluster lights used by Clara Bee above an island offer a different approach to a tried and tested scheme. As well as being practical for food preparation or to create ambience, they’re an eye-catching design feature.


Support act

Lighting has been used in this Trinity Interior Design kitchen to create a delicate, stunning feature that floats above the island and dining area while effectively lighting the space. The reeded glass looks stunning whether turned on or off because they are beautifully simple without dominating the kitchen.



Space and flow

Make sure your kitchen is designed for the optimum flow. Space planning is the absolute most important aspect

to kitchen design – for example, the distance between your hob and sink is critical; you don’t want to be walking around a kitchen with hot pans. You also want to make sure that where you prepare food is near the fridge and the bin.


Island time

Islands and peninsulas can be the natural focal point in the kitchen and allow for greater storage and worktop space, as well as creating an area for entertaining guests. You can often fit in more with an island design, so where worktop or storage space is not a luxury, it is the ideal solution. Consider contrasting materials to create a zoning effect on the island. It will transform the kitchen into a space for all the family.


Push the limit

Side return extensions are particularly popular on period homes such as the Victorian terrace houses of Nappy Valley. They are usually the most cost effective extension a homeowner can add to their property as the extension eats up dead space to the side of the home and it doesn’t break the bank. In this example, the client turned their side return into

a bright and contemporary kitchen with

a lovely seating and TV area at the far end, resulting in a versatile space.

Divide and conquer

Ellerton At Home (the sister company to Empire Build) designed this bespoke kitchen to maximise the space.

The island is used to separate the kitchen and dining area, creating

zones within a large extension. The wooden floor adds warmth, echoed in the bar stools, and industrial metal touches as used in the pendant lights keep it contemporary and fresh.

Photo credit: David Giles

A new way to extract

A hob normally requires some form of extractor above it, which is tricky if it’s on an island. Thanks to the counter-level BORA system introduced by Eclectic Interiors, you can enjoy the open space above the island, or have decorative pendant lights installed instead. This is an excellent new way to extract with no more smells escaping to the rest of the house.

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