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People are using their outside space as extensions to their kitchens and this, coupled with the rise in popularity of alfresco ovens, mean that designers are being tasked, more and more, with blending the inside with the out. “We have been seeing an increase in requests from clients to bridge the gap between the kitchen and the garden,” says design and project manager at Stephen Graver, Jonathan West. “The quality of outdoor kitchen grills, barbecues and appliances now allows for the same kind of precision control and ease-of-use features that you would find indoors. We are now in the process of developing ‘the outdoor kitchen’ incorporating Wolf and Sub Zero equipment – some of the best cooking and cooling appliances in the world.” Olga Alexandru of Sustainable Kitchens agrees: “We’ll be seeing more greenery in the kitchen next year. We all know that plants have added health benefits, but in 2018 we’ll really start seeing that come to life. People are already adding plants on a windowsill or incorporating small herb planters into their kitchen.” Extending the kitchen panelling into the dining space unifies the two areas


There’s change afoot when it comes to the textures people are choosing in the kitchen, too... “Matt-textured kitchens are leading the way, ahead of gloss,” says Rob Cash, director at Kitchenhaus, who has noticed a definite increase in “MATTinterest in the matt-finished doors. TEXTURED “Colours such as Satin Grey and KITCHENS ARE Aqua from our Touch range gain a LEADING THE lot of interest. Although gloss gives WAY, AHEAD an ultra-modern look, people are OF GLOSS” veering towards a more understated appearance. We also have many people interested in our matt concrete texture, which is great for an industrial feel.”


Kitchens are multi-purpose spaces; we don’t just cook in them, but entertain and relax there too. So, it’s no surprise the designers at Hobsons Choice are seeing people want to blend them into the other living areas of the house. “When designing open-plan layouts we’ve found that clients are becoming more interested in how the kitchen interacts with the rest of space and how to link these areas together,” says design consultant Pieter du Toit. “In such instances we often use our bulthaup wall panelling system, which functions as a splashback, and subsequently extend it beyond the kitchen area and into dining and living areas. “The continuation of the same elements serve to unify



Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68  
Crumbs Bath & Bristol - Issue 68