The kitchen is the heart of the home so when it comes to planning a new one, you need the right person by your side. There’s so much to consider – trends, appliances, flooring, heating, extractors, guarantees… Anna Sadej at Kitchen Connections on Garrett Lane has been designing kitchens for years and is your local expert for cuisine queries, from the practical, such as what kind of worktop will stain, to the essential, such as where your plugs should go, as well as life’s little luxuries (pop-up TV in the island, anyone?).
When it comes to kitchens, first impressions count, so exploring the key trends is an important part of the process. “Clean lines are still in, as are handleless kitchens,” Anna explains. “Contemporary country is popular and the industrial trend is still strong – think open design, retro white tiles and exposed brickwork.” Islands are still a key component but their identity is changing. “We’re seeing more exciting materials being used for worktops, particularly marble composites and, recently, copper. The metallic theme continues with brass handles and copper pendant lights, too,” Anna adds (see our Design Trends feature on page 67 for more about copper).
Mixing materials and colours is also popular: wooden worktops on a marble island; darker base and island units with lighter wall-mounted cabinetry. “This twotone approach is very effective,” advises Anna. While she has noticed bolder colours coming through, greys still rule the home, especially light tones. “There are many possibilities when it comes to flooring, but whether you want underfloor heating is a big question,” Anna explains. “Ceramic tiles work well but wood must be engineered. Concrete is popular but harder to blend into a less modern home.”
If you think paint charts can be overwhelming, wait to be completely confused over technology – which is where Anna’s experience comes in. She cites multi-use appliances, a boiling-water tap, energy-efficient LED strip lights and stateof- the-art extractor hoods (see sculptural models from Falmec on their website) as ones to consider. “There’s a Miele hob that is linked by bluetooth to the extractor fan above, so the fan reacts to the hob’s heat setting,” says Anna.
Kitchen Connections can accommodate different budgets and, with a free design service, a German-manufactured product and in-house installers, you can be sure of a smooth journey from planning to finish.
428 Garratt Lane,
SW18 4HN London.
Phone: 0208 9476180
Fax: 0208 9476826