Cambridge Edition April 2019


John Lewis of Hungerford, agree: “The industrial look will remain strong through 2019, with dark, brooding colours being very popular; especially when coupled with a metal accent, such as brass or copper taps and handles. It also plays well with the rise of more raw-looking and tactile surfaces.” Luckily, in Cambridgeshire there are a number of quality kitchen companies that offer a wide choice of styles. David Hall Kitchen and Furniture Makers’ Great Shelford range looks particularly striking in a deep indigo colour, while Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms has a wide choice of contemporary and traditional styles in a full colour palette. The Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms Experience Centre at the Potton Self Build Show Centre near St Neots allows potential customers to see a variety of kitchen styles in a real home environment. Meanwhile, Leisha Norman, kitchen designer at Harvey Jones, advises homeowners to be brave when it comes to colour: “The use of darker, bold shades adds depth and atmosphere to a room. Used cleverly, they give a sense of sophistication, especially when dressed with statement metallic ironmongery and well-positioned lighting.” The use of natural materials – whether for worktops or cupboards – is also making a comeback. Jessica Couceiro, the creative coordinator at Husk kitchens, reveals that more customers are returning to wood to soften spaces. When looking for a good way to combine wood in a contemporary fashion, her advice is to mix and match with brass fittings and modern colours – such as rose pink or petrol blue cabinets. u

he kitchen is the engine room of the house: the place where families congregate, eat together, work and, of course, cook. When it comes to home improvements, updating the kitchen is often the biggest commitment of all. A design concept needs to have longevity – so it is important to get it right. While all-white kitchens can look clean and fresh, there’s been a move towards bolder-coloured cabinetry – with shades such as midnight blue, forest green and black being on-trend. Tom Howley, creative design director of his eponymous kitchen company, reports an increase in the orders of black kitchens. “A good way to introduce a dark colour is to use it on the island counter. This gives the kitchen a more contemporary feel, without overpowering the whole space,” he explains. Penelope Boswell and Craig Eastwood, from the Cambridge showroom of

Previous page: Havana White Garden Matt floor tiles and Poitiers Azure Blue Gloss wall tiles, from £49.99 per m², from Gemini Tiles. Above: Handleless kitchen, POA, by John Lewis of Hungerford. Right: Cabinet doors, prices vary, by Husk. Far left: New Arbor kitchen in Inchyra Blue, from £18,000, by Harvey Jones. Left: Kavanagh Collection kitchen in Nightshade, from £20,000, by Tom Howley.


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