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! 

Top tips for a summer kitchen

Summer is here, which means hot weather (supposedly). With summer brings a season of brilliant cooking, food, socializing and parties. These top tips will help your kitchen have that summer feel and fresh look!

Bright Colours

Summer means colour! Incorporating brighter colours into your kitchen will suddenly make it appear more summery and also give it a mini makeover. Brighter colours are proven to put people in better moods and also can make your kitchen appear larger, making it a perfect choice for people with a smaller kitchen space. Adding flowers and plants to your kitchen is a brilliant way to make the room appear more lively and summery. Other simple ways of adding pops of colour to your kitchen are tea towels, oven gloves, mugs, fruit etc. The list of creative ways to inject colour into your kitchen is endless – and good fun!

Grow your own herbs

Herbs are a brilliant way to decorate and also can be used on for that summer BBQ preparation! They smell amazing and look great. This little addition to the kitchen will help bring in some colour to brighten up your room. Herbs such as basil, thyme, chives and mint are easily grown and not hard to maintain. Buying seedlings is the easiest and quickest solution to growing your own herbs, all you need to do it water them and prune for cooking.

Clear surroundings

There is nothing worse than a cluttered work space, especially in the summer where the kitchen tends to be busier and a little bit stuffier. Saving space is a continuous problem due to kitchens commonly being the most cluttered space in the house. Small appliances are a larger market than ever, giving consumers a larger variety – this leads to having more to store. Wall mounts, hooks and shelves are a brilliant way to store things off the worktops, freeing up more counter space and making your kitchen appear clutter free. A good storage system to free up drawers for other miscellaneous clutter are knife magnetic wall mounts or a knife rack, it looks professional and sleek.

Islands

An island unit in a kitchen is a popular trend that can be a focal point for the kitchen. It’s a great way to add more storage space, more surfaces to prepare food and cook on and also a handy extra place to eat. Displaying food on an island is handy for parties and social events; this can help turn your kitchen into a more social room. It can be designed and fitted to your kitchens design and individual desires; it’s a great personal addition to any kitchen. Here at Alresford Interiors we have designed and built lots of kitchens with islands for all different styles of kitchens.

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