Our 2017 Top 5 Kitchen Trends

Our 2017 Top 5 Kitchen Trends

With 2018 only around the corner we thought we would have a look back over 2017 at our top 5 kitchen trends we’ve seen this year and give you our thoughts as to whether they’ll be joining us next year!

  1. Quartz worktops

We have noticed a rise in people opting for Quartz countertops over other materials, and we envision this to continue well into next year! Especially as manufacturers are now providing a vast array of colours, stone patterns, and finishes to choose from. The current trend of having softer and neutral colours within the kitchen is readily achievable with Quartz and lends itself perfectly towards the cleaner kitchen styles we have seen. It is an extremely hard-wearing material which is antimicrobial and easier to maintain than Granite, it’s main competitor.

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2. Shaker style cabinetry

This style of cabinetry is still our most popular by far and continues to be so. The cabinetry is characterised with a five-piece door with a recessed center panel and can be clean and simple with straight lines, or have decorative edging incorporated. The design options really are limitless, from a traditional country cottage look, through to a ultra-modern apartment, shaker style cabinetry can be suited to any home. The beauty, of course, with bespoke kitchen cabinets, is that we can construct to whatever specification you have in mind.

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3. Feature items

There has been an increase in designing kitchens around a feature item, such as a large range cooker or American fridge for example. The feature item is often made the focal point of the kitchen and, as such, needs to referred back to when considering other design ideas for the room. Using the range cooker as an example, what colour will the cooker be? And what style? Will the paint colour of the cabinets blend in, or provide a striking contrast? How will the positioning of the cabinetry best emphasise your feature item? Whatever your thoughts/ideas/plans, we can help you each step of the way and maybe throw a spanner in the works (excuse the pun) to approach your design from a different angle or two.

4. Faux Chimney Breasts

A popular request has been to construct a faux chimney breast above the cooker in lieu of a standard cooker hood. This adds grandeur to the kitchen and really does look super when done properly! The extractor fan is still there, but is hidden underneath. An oak mantle piece is often added to the front of the chimney providing a surface for decorative pieces. Combined with a focal cooker, this overall appearance is spectacular.

5. Copper Detailing

The main colour trend for 2017 has undoubtedly been the grey and earthy tones which work fabulously with neutral coloured kitchen designs. This year we have seen them teamed with copper handles on the cabinetry, along with copper accessories and other kitchen appliances. The copper detailing has been providing a warm and sophisticated alternative to the industrial stainless steel and blacks. We can see this design trend carrying on into 2018 due to its increasing popularity and huge affordability, we also envision brass and rose-gold to join copper in its increasingly popularity going into the new year.


For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 

What defines a galley style kitchen?

What defines a galley style kitchen?

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There are many ways to maximise a small area with a galley style kitchen layout, so we have endeavored to discuss them in some detail to best clarify what defines a galley style kitchen for you. A galley style kitchen typically features a long, narrow passage situated between two parallel walls. In normal circumstances, all the components such as the stove, oven, fridge and storage are along one wall, and the opposite wall houses the sink, further storage and perhaps a dishwasher and washing machine. This style of layout is commonly found in small kitchens, or in a kitchen where space is compromised such as a professional restaurants.

The galley style can also be found in wider kitchens where an area is separated by a window or french doors. Many designers choose to keep the layout of the room as a galley rather than creating a U bend with cabinetry. This keeps the space open and airy and allows room for a small breakfast table if desired, or in the case of french doors, allows light to flood through. Similarly, if room allows, an island come breakfast bar can be used to create additional storage and a seating area.

Sticking with the subject of light, it is important in narrow galley kitchens to try and generate as much light as possible. This makes the room feel and appear larger than it actually is. If natural light is limited, opt for a lighter colour palette within the kitchen which will encourage light to bounce around the room. Dark colours, although cosy and warming, have a tendency to make a room close in on itself and appear smaller.

Some useful design tips that can be incorporated to maximise the space within a galley style kitchen are:

1. Integrate or conceal your appliances to make the space appear tidier.

2. Use handless drawers for a sleek finish and more room.

3. Make use of the space available within your cabinetry by adding cabinet door organisers and incorporating tall pantry storage. Everything will be close to hand but neatly hidden behind closed doors.

If you would like any further information on whether a galley style kitchen could be the design for you, or on our kitchen design process, then feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to help.


For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 

Top Tips on Creating a Bright and Airy Kitchen this Summer

Now the summer has arrived, it’s the perfect opportunity to carry out renovations to your home, particularly the kitchen. Whether it’s a matter of upgrading your cabinet doors worktops and wall colour, or starting from scratch and designing something brand new and unique, we’ve put together some top tips on how to ensure your plans incorporate a bright and airy feel to your kitchen year round.

Make the most out of Natural Light

Use any natural light you have to your advantage, this is one of the easiest ways to make your kitchen look bright and airy. For those who are updating an existing kitchen, keep your colour palette light. Light and pale colours will reflect the light giving the illusion of a larger space, warm colours will absorb the light having the opposite effect. We’re not saying don’t have colour in your kitchen by any means, but be selective with what you incorporate. Coloured appliances, kitchen accessories, or a beautiful bouquet will do wonders without hindering any natural light. In addition, if you are designing a new kitchen, why not consider how you can rearrange the layout to create a more spacious, light and airy environment.

Mirrors are a great way of reflecting natural light and can be an attractive focal point. ‘Loft Style Mirrors’ are extremely popular this season and would certainly be a striking statement piece on your kitchen wall

Another popular trend this season are shutters, make sure you choose a wide-slat design as this will allow the most natural light to pour in, while still offering the required privacy. Not all window designs are suited to shutters, so why not consider Venetian blinds? These are a great alternative to shutters and in our opinion, look just as smart.

A hard wood floor with a polished finish will bounce light around the room. There are many different finishes available to you, so there will definitely be something to tie in with the design and look you’re going for.

Refresh your Cabinetry

Lighter coloured cabinets are a super way to create a brighter look and certainly generate a refreshing and airy space. Whether you like the look of light natural oak or are planning on adding a touch of paint, we can design oak cabinets to your requirements, taste, and discuss the best way to make the use of the available space ensuring you get your bright and airy kitchen! Popular colour trends for kitchen interiors for 2017 include the use of greens, blues, whites and greys.

Integrate Open Shelving

Open shelving is a trend that has taken off this year, this helps break up the layout of a kitchen which is especially useful when there is not an abundance of space. Blocks of large cabinets can make your space feel quite compact, so we love this idea of open shelving, making the design feel more open, airy, spacious and less confined. It is also a perfect way of displaying accessories and can make kitchen utilities readily available. An additional idea to be considered is to add glass to some of your cabinets, this will give your kitchen that open, bright and summery feel.


For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016, email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk or pop into our workshop and we can get your kitchen project off the ground today! 

Why choose a bespoke kitchen?

Why choose a bespoke kitchen?

Getting a new kitchen is a big deal and at Alresford Interiors we understand that. We work closely with our clients to help everything run smoothly and provide them with the kitchen of their dreams! All the kitchens we make are completely bespoke and made to measure. A ‘bespoke’ kitchen means it’s been designed and made to suit your personal needs and desires – which gives us the freedom to utilise the space available also. You can include extra features on your wish list that may be hard to incorporate into an ‘off the shelf’ kitchen.

A bespoke kitchen is an investment for your home it and comes with lots of benefits. One of the key benefits of a kitchen designed for you and your home is the freedom to adjust it to whatever style and design features you want. This is something you don’t always get from an ‘off the shelf’ kitchen due to them being made to set sizes and styles. You can add as many shelves as you want, have glass cabinet doors and even make a nifty space for your dog’s bed within your units – the options are endless.

Because you are ultimately the designer of your kitchen it is helpful and also very exciting to do some research for inspiration! Mood boards are a brilliant way to get all your ideas together and it kick starts you project with a bang!

A bespoke kitchen is a brilliant way to design something that suits you and your family’s lifestyle perfectly. It can provide a perfect area for not only cooking but also to spend time together. Kitchens are commonly the heart of the home and going bespoke can really help emphasize that and meet its needs. A space for the family, friends and parties but also a great place to cook that Christmas turkey! We create a space that is so much more than a ‘just’ a cooking area.

The process of getting a new bespoke kitchen is also a lot more fun and rewarding. At Alresford Interiors we work closely with our clients to ensure the every element is just right! Our dedication and passion really helps make the process smooth, enjoyable and stress free with an outcome even better than you could’ve imagined.

Overall getting a bespoke kitchen is a lot more exciting because you get exactly what you want! But also, the quality is amazing and it is built with the highest level of craftsmanship and best quality materials.


For more information about our uniquely crafted kitchens please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.

Tips on how to upgrade your bedroom

Tips on how to upgrade your bedroom

You spend a lot of time in your bedroom and even though most of that might be with your eyes shut it is still really important for it to be somewhere you love. The décor of the room plays a large factor of how you feel in a room, so here are our top tips of how to jazz up your bedroom!

Walls

Your bedroom walls or any walls in your house play a massive part in the overall feel and décor of the room. People either normally like to make their walls basic and decorate the room personally with features and furniture, be really bold and creative with their walls or both! Whatever you want your bed room to look like is up to you. However, a bed room is somewhere you sleep and relax so try to focus on more calming, neutral designs and colours. Yes neon yellow and pink may be a marvelous combination in some people’s eyes, but when you’re trying to wind down it might not be appropriate.  So think careful about your walls prints, or opt for the safer option of one colour painted or wall paper walls. Adding a feature wall is a popular trend at the moment but this doesn’t have to mean anything dramatic, maybe just a deeper version of the shade your other walls are.

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Bed Sheets

The best thing about having a neutral themed bedroom is the opportunity to jazz it up with some really funky bed sheets.  Having fresh, new bed sheets for each season can really motivate you and also make your room feel like it’s just had a mini seasonal make over. Also cushions are a brilliant way to add more to your bed and make it more decorative. However, don’t go over board as they can end up on the floor most nights and you don’t want making your bed to become a 10 minute morning chore.

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Fitted Wardrobes

This is where we can really help! Bespoke fitted wardrobes may be the perfect way to update your bedrooms style, quality and functionality.  Having fitted pieces instead of free standing adds a lot to a room, it also utilises the space available whilst looking sleek and sophisticated. Adding fitted pieces like wardrobes can actually increase the value of your home… another positive! Upgrading your wardrobe it the perfect way to refresh your entire bedroom!

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Go bespoke

Bespoke is the perfect way to furnish your room with pieces that represent your personality and style. Bespoke furniture is also a much higher quality than an off the shelf piece. The beauty of bespoke is the complete freedom in design, allowing you to adapt your furniture so it’s just right for you. You can think creatively and bring your dream furniture to life. We work daily in creating beautiful, high quality pieces for clients which are unique to them made with the highest level of craftsmanship.

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Spring Clean

Have a clear out! This includes your wardrobe, drawers, cupboards, shelves, vanity… all the places you will definitely be storing unloved goods. The reality is that for the majority of people, over 80% of your wardrobe you don’t even wear. The average person only wears 20% of the clothing pieces they own! Think of all that wasted space. Have a massive clear out and just think of the space to fill with new stunning pieces, but still don’t over buy and consider each purchase carefully. Have a good clean, dust and touch up marks on the wall with a splash of paint. You will be surprised how much of a change this can give to a room without spending much money.


We are happy to discuss any furniture projects with you and help transform your bedroom! Visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or email info@alresfordinteriors.co.uk today!

Made to measure kitchens for awkward spaces

Made to measure kitchens for awkward spaces

Here at Alresford Interiors we offer made to measure, custom built, fully bespoke kitchens to your exact specifications. We fit our kitchens into both small and large spaces giving every kitchen the wow factor. We are in our element when your space has awkward corners, irregular walls, low ceilings and difficult spaces.

The beauty of a bespoke kitchen is it is designed with you to figure out what you actually want from your kitchen and we have software packages so you can see exactly how the design will work in the space. There is literally no limit to the design options as every piece is made to your requirements. This same style can then be fitted into you utility, boot room or laundry.

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From our workshop in Alresford we can make any unit you can possibly want from wall cupboards, corner cupboards, base units/cupboards, large and small larder units, island units, plate racks and even book cases which are always handy for all those cook books. These units can be made free standing or built in or a mixture of the two.

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We can design your kitchen to accommodate for built in and integrated appliances or allow for free-standing ones in you prefer. Many of our kitchens are designed with the ever popular pull out larder units, plate racks, cutlery draws and inserts, glazed doors and of course everyone wants a wine fridge!

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A carefully designed and well thought out bespoke kitchen will become a long term investment for your home. You will not only have a stunning kitchen that fits the awkward space perfectly it will be completely unique to you and your home. This stunning kitchen will most likely add value to your home in the long term as most property buyers will look at the kitchen being the center and most expensive part of the house. Many times a really good kitchen in that awkward space can make a difference.

A fully bespoke kitchen fitted into a NON typical space will utilise every part of the room to the maximum benefit as nothing is standard and is completely unique to you.

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We use modern tools and techniques, a very personal service to the design and an unlimited choice of design and flexibility.  Offering the best materials and levels of craftsmanship and finish. You can certainly count on our kitchens as they are built to last and stand the test of time. Our craftsmen have many years of experience with unrivaled knowledge and understanding of wood always working to exacting standards.

We welcome our clients to come and view the workshop to see their dream being created. It really is made for you!

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For more information about our uniquely crafted kitchens please visit our workshop, call 01962 733016 or visit www.alresfordinteriors.co.uk today.