If you’re looking for inspiration to transform your space, use this round-up of fresh ideas to choose the best designs for your project.
1. DIY door updates
If your unit carcasses are in good working order, but the doors are worn or not to your taste, replacing them could be the answer for a total transformation. A new series of instructional videos from Kitchen Door Workshop shows you everything from measuring up the replacement doors to fitting hinges and handles, plus there are helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes, as well as ideas on decorative finishes using end panels, infills, panels and corner posts. If you would rather read than watch, there’s also an instruction book with step-by-step pictures available to download for free on the website. To view the videos, visit Kitchen Door Workshop.
2. Try retro-style tiles
Although tiled splashbacks have fallen out of favour in recent years, the resurgence of industrial and vintage designs has caused a mini revival, with retro styles emerging as a kitchen favourite. These encaustic-look Bristol wall and floor tiles are a great way to give old-school design a modern makeover. To create the illusion of different tiles patched together, the range has a variety of patterns to mix together. Available in a grey or beige colourway, the tiles also have a subtle riven texture to help increase slip resistance. Samples can be ordered free of charge online at Tilemountain.
3. Colour-match appliances
Add bespoke colour to your kitchen with Britannia’s Colourange service. Allowing you to select a colourway for your range cooker to match anything from a favourite outfit to a much-loved worktop appliance, Britannia is halving the cost, making the once premium-priced bespoke range cookers more accessible. Available across all Britannia’s range cooker families, simply use the colour selector on the website or send a sample of your desired shade to Britannia to match it. Visit the interactive Colourange website at Britannia Living.
4. Replace dated fittings
A new sink and tap can make all the difference to a worn out scheme and is a relatively inexpensive and simple update. Made from acrylic material, the new Abode Matrix SQ GR15 is a family of sinks featuring smooth lines and pure angles. Coming in three finishes – Black Metallic Granite, White Granite and Sable Granite – in single, large and 1.5-bowl models, the Matrix is available as either an under-mounted or inset style. Pair it with Abode’s modern monobloc Zucca tap, which combines a V-shaped body design with a curved spout in either a chrome or brushed nickel finish.
5. Easy to fit worksurfaces
Fitting state-of-the-art worktops often involves a templating process, requiring the worktop to be accurately measured and then cut to size, usually off-site. However, Bushboard has launched ‘installer-ready’ Encore solid- surface worktops in ready-made set sizes that can be cut, shaped, jointed, routered for drainer grooves and sinks, and fitted, all on site in just a day or two. Available in 16 finishes and three sizes, including worktops, (W)65x (L)410cm; breakfast bars, (W)90x(L)240cm; and a new larger size, perfect for creating a seamless top for island units, (W)120x(L)240cm, they also come in thicknesses of 2.7cm and 4cm, giving you a variety of options to suit your taste. All come with a 10-year guarantee.
6. Choose stylish shelving
Hardworking storage is a kitchen must-have, but is often made from stainless steel and hidden from view in cupboards or larders. However, this clever design is a great way to combine form with function, making simple everyday items into style statements. The designers at Barnes of Ashburton have created a series of shelves in ever-decreasing lengths, which give the storage jars that sit on them an almost artistic quality. Handpainted in Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball, they are the same shade as the wall behind, making the jars appear to float.
7. Add vibrancy to walls
Statement wallpaper remains a creative way to add a feature to a kitchen-diner scheme, and the new Pastel Florals collection from Galerie Wallcoverings offers the perfect decorative update to introduce colour and calm. Drawing inspiration from washed-out watercolour prints, the seven distinctive designs in the range feature soft pastel tones and trailing blossoms, paired with ikat-effect smudge prints and faded candy stripes in a palette of lilac, mint green and pink. Ideal for brightening up an open-plan space, the wallpaper will give a touch of quintessential English charm to any interior.
8. Lay great-value flooring
Hardwearing, stunning flooring doesn’t need to be costly. Luxury vinyl flooring manufacturer Moduleo has added 16 new statement products to its Transform range, which look the part without the premium price tag of natural stone floors. Suited to both traditional and contemporary spaces, the Azuriet collection incorporates metallic hues to make the flooring sparkle and shine. Available in two sizes, the product has a coating that protects the stone finish from scuffs and stains and makes it easy to clean, which is vital in a busy family kitchen.
9. Statement window treatments
An innovative wire-free operation makes QMotion UK’s automated blind systems a great solution for lovers of beautiful window treatments and home technology alike. Functioning via remote smartphone or tablet, it also has a unique manual override control system. With more than 400 fabrics and colours to choose from, including light-filtering, decorative and blackout materials, QMotion UK can also use an image of your choice to create a bespoke solution.
10. Fit variable lighting
Sensio’s DuoFlex flexible LED light strip provides warm and cool white lighting within the same fitting. Dimmable to 10 per cent, brightness and colour can be altered via a remote control or a fixed switch – set the strip to Cool White when cooking, and, for relaxing family evenings, use the Warm White setting for subtle mood lighting. Ideal above wall-hung cabinets, around island units or under worktops, DuoFlex is available in 100cm or 200cm lengths, has a self-adhesive backing for easy fitting, and can be cut to size or interlinked for a continuous run.