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Materials and work surfaces ‘key in new kitchens’

Those planning home improvements to their kitchens should concentrate on their choice of materials and work surfaces. Individuals seeking professionals to create a new culinary space for them may wish to heed the words of interior designer Carolyn Parker, who issued advice about renovations.

She explained that kitchens “in solid wood – in walnut and steel, and very modern kitchens in white, with glass worktops [are very popular]”.

“It is all about getting the measurements absolutely precise,” according to Ms Parker, pointing to marble or stone worktops as options, as well as high-gloss materials, with “loads of colours available”.

“There has been lots of innovation in the last few years,” the expert, who runs here own eponymous company in Yorkshire, stated, adding that glass is now available in larger pieces for island units and other features.

She also pointed to the benefits offered by specialist kitchen designers when it comes to smaller spaces in particular, or of using the skills of in-house teams when purchasing off-the-shelf offerings as three-dimensional technical drawings can provide a good idea of what finished rooms will look like. “It is all about getting the measurements absolutely precise,” she noted, highlighting something a professional installer or builder can provide.

A recent piece for Fox News highlighted a series of trends in kitchen design for 2012, including microwave drawers, which allow people to stir food while in the unit and prevent valuable counter space from being taken up, while more households are likely to install compact wine fridges to keep tipple at the right temperature, particularly for parties.

Remodelled or new-build kitchens will be focused on minimalism, improved functionality and creating calming rooms, according to the article, with more drawers, soft sheen surfaces, backsplashes and functional task stations among the innovations and features expected to be seen in higher quantities this year.

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