KITCHEN TRADITIONS – BRINGING US TOGETHER AGAIN
Friday, February 26, 2021
A WARM, RELIABLE CONSTANT IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD
At the core of
great design is a common thread – people, and personal connections - and in the
current climate has there ever been a more poignant trend?
We’ve spent a
lot of time at home recently with much uncertainty. But for many it’s been the
kitchen that’s been the one constant, the backbone of the house, the place we know we can
rely on. Not just for cooking, but as school rooms, creative spaces, games
rooms and home offices. People living together have embraced looking beyond
their devices and are really placing value on doing things together – and
that’s only set to continue.
So even with the prospect of going out again coming
into reach, we still always come back to one place at the end of a hard day -
the kitchen. It’s the room that fuels the
bodies, minds and souls of friends and families all over the world, and really
encourages quality time spent together.
have reawakened a sense of occasion once again, with families increasingly
coming together to eat. As a result, we’re seeing a clear resurgence of the
kitchen table. Once almost abandoned for staggered mealtimes, separate rooms,
interruptions by the TV and social media, it has regained its status as the
anchor of the room. It takes on many
forms too – not just round, oval, rectangular, but islands and breakfast bars.
There is a clear melding of kitchens into living spaces, and whilst this
has been happening for some time, the last year has created even more demand
for this, with so many more designs created as kitchen, dining, living space
combinations, or custom hybrids. We’re seeing a sharp rise in kitchen features
such as media stations with a sofa area for relaxing, alongside reading nooks and
desk areas – all to embrace family gathering in one central space.
BEYOND THE KITCHEN
the kitchen being used more diversely and more often by the wider household,
efficiency but also comfort is key. Whilst
some walls are being knocked down, others are being put back up to create new
adjacent spaces to the main kitchen area. With more social time being spent in
the kitchen, the noise of the washing machine is ever more closed away into dedicated
utility and laundry rooms.
changes are also heavily impacting wider kitchen design. For many households
with a love of outdoor pursuits and a rural lifestyle, whether full time, or
just on the weekends, boot rooms in particular are becoming an extremely
popular addition to the kitchen.
It’s not just family traditions that we’re embracing, but tradition in
general. The glamourous, romantic living that we’ve all come to love through
our favourite period dramas, has seen a huge demand for the most traditional
design in our homes. As a result, integrated larders and walk-in pantries, are
all making a big resurgence as a must-have kitchen luxury.
As the lines continue to blur between kitchen and living spaces, we’re also
seeing increased demand for freestanding heritage furniture in the kitchen. Dressers,
breakfast pantries and drinks cabinets which may have previously been more
associated with the dining or living room, now add a softer, more homely feel
to the kitchen.
stark contrast to the trends of the last decade where very white or grey modern
kitchens always took lead, tradition through colour and style is also
re-emerging, with people now embracing darker, richer, warmer hues and more
period-style cabinetry throughout their kitchen.
tones such as deep blues and greens are in high demand from homeowners looking
to add bold yet sophisticated colour to their space. Life’s ‘Copse Green’ in
particular is one of our most sought after colours, with customers falling for its
brooding warmth and reassuring nature.
Harking back to a time before kitchens were fully-fitted, we’re seeing
huge popularity in kitchens that give a nod to a ‘freestanding look’ and beautiful
timber, Shaker cabinetry helps to create this look effortlessly; whether using decorative
feature posts to break up the run of units, or whether the whole door sits within
a delicate outer frame, for a really fine, hand crafted feel.
there’s plenty of tradition to be found in the finer details and finishing touches
too; brass cup handles reminiscent of an old desk or dresser; hooks, rails,
mantels and open shelving, which were once purely practical are now decorative
too; alongside big Belfast sinks and imposing agas.
just because a kitchen looks and feels traditional, behind closed doors the
smartest of hidden storage and fully integrated appliances keeps everything
practical and hardworking for modern life.
STEP INTO YOUR
As people continue to redesign their homes – a trend that is not subsiding
- kitchens are no exception and we recognise them as the room we spend most
time in together.
So, whether you’re thinking of re-imagining your
existing space, merging several spaces together, or building an entirely new
space, let us help you visualise how your new kitchen could really feel through
the power of virtual reality.
Don’t just see your designs, but step into your new space using our virtual reality theatre. Walk
around, open cupboards, reach for the island - really experience your dream
kitchen lifestyle. After all, it’s not just a space for cooking and eating, but
for work, play, communicating and connecting - which at some level always
guarantees continuity, well-being and stability.
How do you want to live yours?