Our kitchens have been working extra hard recently, becoming multi-functional spaces that have helped us adapt to a changing way of life. We have spent more time not only cooking meals but also working at home, home schooling and connecting with friends and family.
This may have left your kitchen looking a little worse for wear or perhaps you’ve realised you need some extra storage or more practical surfaces. With Great British Bake Off back on our screens soon, now’s a great time to update your kitchen so that you can indulge your love of healthy food or bake up a sweet treat or two.
We look at the latest kitchen trends and how you can create a space that will inspire, comfort and entertain.
It seems that everyone is moving to the country but even if your roots are firmly in the city you can give your kitchen the laid back rural charm of a country cottage. For a comfortable farmhouse vibe, mix and match fitted units with free standing storage and open shelving where you can display your most treasured kitchenalia. Opt for a muted colour scheme and add practical seating for family meals or informal entertaining.
For a flooring that has all the look and feel of a traditional wood floor but with the hygiene and convenience of a modern material, why not explore our collection of parquet designs with their authentic grain and handscraped surfaces.
Above image features Storm Oak Parquet from our Art Select collection.
Surrounding ourselves with nature helps us relax and enjoy the little things in life such as biting into a fresh homegrown strawberry on a sunny day. In our kitchens we can create an inside-outside feel with natural materials such as wood, stone, rattan or houseplants.
The latest kitchens are featuring marble with its cool colours and timeless elegance that will stand the test of time. Introduce the look of a classic tiled floor with Fiore and Otono from our Art Select range. Warmer underfoot than the real thing and certainly kinder to crockery in the event of an accident, our versatile marble design flooring can be laid in a single colour or combined in a checkerboard pattern or as a clip design.
The latest interiors are all about expressing our individuality, creating a desired mood or emotion with clever colour choices or going all out with a quirky unexpected combination that is guaranteed to raise a smile. Allowing us indulge our love of colour, kitchen retailers are offering a range of units in bold shades which work well alongside a neutral tone on walls and flooring in a warm wood or cool stone design.
Alternatively, why not perk up an all-white kitchen with bright pops of colour to add an element of surprise. You may think a pale floor would be impractical but our K-Guard+ treatment ensures a surface that is hygienic and very easy to clean with a brush and mop.
Make a quirky individual statement in your kitchen with pattern. Introducing geometric shapes with wall tiles, a splashback or flooring will create a unique style that stands out. In an open plan living space, geometric flooring can be used effectively to identify the cooking activity zone or as a ‘rug’ for the dining area.
Our Kaleidoscope range offers a collection of interesting shapes that can be combined either in contrasting tiles to create a 3D effect or in complementary shades for a more subtle look. For a less structured result, our characterful Marrakesh and Casablanca designs present a non-uniform patchwork of geometric forms, curves and crests inspired by historic Moorish architecture.
Above image features Greige Oak from our multiformat Van Gogh collection.
A trend that’s been around for a while but showing no signs of fading, a monochrome industrial design in cool grey tones is easy to live with. A contemporary kitchen with clean lines, high tech appliances and practical materials will give you plenty of style and no hassle.
Characterised by matt handleless units, metallic elements and polished concrete worksurfaces, a minimalist kitchen is all about texture and light. Choose a hard wearing flooring that will feel comfortable underfoot, such as the pale polished concrete look of Mico from our Opus range or the subtle grain texture of Greige Oak (pictured above). Part of our Van Gogh multi-format range, Greige Oak conveniently comes in a choice of formats to suit different subfloor conditions.
Whatever style you choose for your kitchen, you can be confident that a Karndean floor is a practical choice, perfect for a busy home even if you have boisterous children or pets, so you can worry less about cleaning and accidents and get on with having fun.