Cranberryhome Column: Kitchens: What’s hot, what’s not

Hugo Fleming, Design Director of award-winning local interior design company Cranberryhome, gives us an insight into upgrading your kitchen this autumn…

Kitchens are big investments. With so much choice these days, it’s really hard to know where to start, so this brief guide of what’s hot this season will be a glimpse into the future.

We know kitchens have dramatically changed over the years, the room itself has become more of the home hub.

The benefits of open plan living are evident and give families space to work, play and entertain. Getting this space right is therefore crucial.

This season, kitchens are becoming more dramatic with colour – think dark blue and deep greens paired with ribbed marble for that more exciting and luxurious look.

Dekton worktops, according to Emma at Excelsior kitchens, are “increasingly being asked for as they offer thinner profiles and are really hardwearing.”

Cupboard fronts now tend to be more matt finish, with concrete finishes also popular.

”Adding texture into the kitchen in the form of wood accent pieces brings the scheme together,” says Emma.

Most important of all, however, is to get your layout right for your space. Knowing how much worktop space you really need is key, along with making sure your appliances are in easy reach.

Choosing a stylish handle can really make a kitchen, especially if you choose a more bespoke kitchen.

There are new handless options too with recessed profiles in accent colours such as brass, black, or brushed silver for that more linear look

The “Neff slide ‘n’ hide oven is one of our best sellers” according to Elizabeth at Lima kitchens, whilst the boiling water tap is the musthave gadget this year!

Kitchen islands are very popular and with a little effort, these can be made to be the centre of attraction with cool bar stools and cute pendant lights adding drama.

Add in a wireless charging port into your worktop for that must-have gadget. For the keen cooks amongst
you check out the Bora hob with integrated extractor and for “something a little different” suggests Simon of Discover Kitchen Design, “look for the new smart water tap that you can set the exact amount of water.”

Hugo is often found at Ask an Expert at Grand Designs Live, and is in demand as an interior designer all over the UK. You can email him on or visit for more information.

This feature was published in the October 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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