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Six design trends for your kitchen makeover

As we come out of lockdown, lots of homeowners are moving on by doing a little home reinvention. How about starting in the kitchen?

Whether you’re doing a full remodel or simply updating those faded fittings, there’s plenty of ways to transform your kitchen into a modern paradise – and boost your home’s market value, too. Here are some popular kitchen design trends for you to consider.

A pop of colour

Kitchen design trend - cabinets and drawers in pastel yellow, pink and blue colours

Your kitchen walls are a blank canvas – so don’t restrict yourself to just white. A lick of paint is a simple, construction free way to change things up in your kitchen. Try brightening your cabinets with an accent colour if you don’t want to brave a whole-wall transformation.

A painter and decorator can help you find the perfect shade for your space.

Kitchen design trend - modern kitchen with sleek red cabinets

Zoning made easy

Open plan layouts have been one of the most popular kitchen design trends in British homes for years. But what do you do when you want some privacy from the kitchen whilst you’re watching TV in the living room?

Create a sense of division to your space, without losing the accessibility and fluidity of an open plan, with anything from adding a room divider, to building a half-wall.

Clear counter, clear mind

A decluttered kitchen makes cooking and cleaning much easier. Cleverly concealed storage solutions, such as stacked shelves, pull-out rubbish bins in cabinets and kitchen sink tip-out trays will help you to make the most of your kitchen space.

Kitchen design trend - concealed pull-out storage cabinet

Out with the old

With new kitchen appliances being quieter, eco-friendlier and generally better-looking, they can improve your kitchen’s performance. Smart kitchen appliances also save you time and money, thanks to features such as push notifications sent to your phone when certain foods are running low in your fridge.

Kitchen design trend - smart fridge being controlled by a smartphone

Although there’s an initial high cost, the ambience of your kitchen will be boosted for years to come.

Tread carefully

Easy to clean, durable and low maintenance, both tiles and wooden panelling are great options if you’re looking for a new kitchen floor. Whilst wood offers a timeless style, if you go for tiles you can create a custom pattern that won’t be found in any other house.

Kitchen design trend - open plan kitchen with black and white patterned tiles

Both options can be colder to walk on than carpet, but you can offset this by having underfloor heating installed. Once you’ve got it, you won’t know how you lived without it!

Tiler fitting hexagonal floor tiles

A tiler will talk you through all the available flooring styles and advise you on the best choice for your needs and budget.

A simple finish

Swapping out your cabinet hardware is a cheap and cheerful way to update your kitchen’s look. With choices to make about shape, material, colour and size, the possibilities are endless…

Pull down storage containing mugs and glasses

Whilst we’re on the topic, there are also plenty of choices to make when you’re looking for a tradesperson for your job. Get personalised advice from fully-qualified kitchen specialists near you.

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  1. Hi I’ve not heard of this scheme the government is helping new people transform they new buy in a property that’s in great need of renovation, I would and my daughter would benefit greatly from this and our home that were in the process of buying, when the scheme comes into force when do people like myself get to know about the scheme and that we can start to improve our homes as I’m wanting a kitchen and double glazing , love a new bathroom. Can you help with our needs sorry but it’s amazing I’ve been texted about your scheme I thank you .

    1. When you put double glazing into a property to keep the warm in and the cold out , a porch would be a great way of keeping out the cold too I’ve got 2dogs and in winter it’s cold and to clean them befor they get into my home is hard as one of my dogs is 13 , so apart from keeping the warm in the dogs would warm up easily and cleaning them wouldn’t be a rush , that’s my view on a porch too , people have children it would save mucky shoes or wellies as they can be left at the door too in mucky weather .and the children will keep warm whilst taking off the wet coats and shoes.

    2. Hi Christine, if you’re talking about the Green Homes Grant, there is a list of home improvements which will be covered by the scheme. Double glazing is included, however a new kitchen and bathroom aren’t. You can find out exactly what’s covered by the scheme on our Homeowner Advice Centre.

      We’ll also keep our Homeowner Advice Centre up to date with the latest news on the Green Homes Grant, and share any updates, as well as a link to the application portal (when it’s live), on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by email (if you’re signed up to Rated People as a homeowner).

    1. Hi Susan, if you’re talking about the Green Homes Grant, you can find out exactly which home improvements are covered by the scheme on our Homeowner Advice Centre.

      We’ll also keep our Homeowner Advice Centre up to date with the latest news on the Green Homes Grant, and share any updates, as well as a link to the application portal (when it’s live), on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by email (if you’re signed up to Rated People as a homeowner).

  2. I cannot believe this is true I’ve wanted to do my home to suit my needs, I’m disabled to get a kitchen a bathroom anything that will change my house into a lovable home it’s just doesn’t feel real , people like me don’t get help like this , on this scale it’s amazing that if it is true , I will have to wait and see what September brings fingers crossed it feels like winning the lottery it just doesn’t feel real but thank you so much

    1. Hi Christine, it’s great to hear that you’ll benefit so much from the Green Homes Grant. Visit our Inspiration Centre for 8 ideas on how you can use the grant.

      We’ll also keep our Homeowner Advice Centre up to date with the latest news on the Green Homes Grant, and share any updates, as well as a link to the application portal (when it’s live), on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by email (if you’re signed up to Rated People as a homeowner).

    1. Hi Mrs Cross, you can find out exactly which green home improvements will be covered by the scheme on our Homeowner Advice Centre.

      We’ll also keep our Homeowner Advice Centre up to date with the latest news on the Green Homes Grant, and share any updates, as well as a link to the application portal (when it’s live), on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by email (if you’re signed up to Rated People as a homeowner).

  3. Thank You so much, for this information, we have recently moved house and are hoping to upgrade our windows and doors to a more energy efficient option. Any help towards the cost would be much appreciated.

    Please keep us informed

    1. Hi Diane, if you’re talking about the Green Homes Grant, then energy efficient doors and double/triple glazing are both covered by the grant! You can find out more about how it works on our Homeowner Advice Centre.

      We’ll also keep our Homeowner Advice Centre up to date with the latest news on the Green Homes Grant, and share any updates, as well as a link to the application portal (when it’s live), on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by email (if you’re signed up to Rated People as a homeowner).

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