This week we are delighted to feature a guest blog post from Gideon Robinson – kitchen and interior designs, an independent local business just like us at Nicol Estate Agents. We asked and Gideon Robinson kindly agreed to share with us some current kitchen design trends he has seen this year. Hope you enjoy this feature and find inspiration for your next big move in it!
The kitchen is the hub of the home
The current trend is to combine rooms or extend the back of the house to create a large kitchen & living area which then becomes the backdrop to the ebb and flow of family life. The kitchen is definitely becoming a more social place; if in a previous life the host would often need to excuse themselves from the conversation to attend to the next course, with the new integrated layout there is no more interruption and the cooking becomes part of the show.
Also, something we have noticed is that with the rise of food programmes such as Master Chef and the Great British Bake Off, appliances once relegated to the professional kitchen are becoming more mainstream. Integrated steam ovens and sous vide machines and even the combination oven and microwave are prime examples of this shift.
When space allows clients often look for a cooking island with bar stools to be located at one corner. This informal seating arrangement provides a much more conducive space for a chat with a friend or a catch up with children whilst preparing some sustenance. Materials and styles for the kitchen are always a very personal choice and my top recommendation when looking for a new kitchen is to seek out an independent studio such as ours who have designers rather than salesmen. It is important that your ideas are listened to and interpreted correctly but a good designer will add priceless value with the ability to advise and guide with confidence.
One last tip for your next kitchen redesign: the most important part of the kitchen design is getting the flow right, so make sure that comes first in the process, before considering any finishes and styles.
Gideon received formal training in cabinet making and furniture design in Glasgow some 20 years ago. Since then he has worked with furniture manufacturers and interior specialists until he opened his first retail kitchen outlet in 2003. Gideon has always been passionate about good design and it has been a natural progression to extend his portfolio to include fitted bedrooms, media units & lifestyle furniture from Italy. Kitchens from Germany all backed up with a full Interior Design Service.
Address: 47 Haggs Road, Glasgow, G41 4AR (next to Dollar Rae)