White kitchens have been popular in both traditional and contemporary designs for many years, and we don’t see any signs of this slowing down. They are neutral, clean and work well with a splash of colour from appliances or feature walls.
Bespoke wooden cabinets
Painted cupboard doors mean you can have you can have your Conquest kitchen in almost any colour you wish. In addition to white continuing to be a popular choice of colour, being clean and natural, forest green is on trend for 2018. The colour works well with traditional style kitchens, bringing the outdoor living indoors.
Over the years we have seen less wooden worktops requested at design and installed. Many customers now opt for natural materials such as granite, marble or stone. With timber worktops requiring regular oiling and being susceptible to water stain, people are drawn to an easy to maintain surface.
Over the years kitchens can accumulate miscellaneous clutter – often being a primary motivator to built-in cabinets, organisers, pan drawers and pull out waste bins. Reducing clutter with suitable storage can make a significant difference to how you use and enjoy your kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of the home with an open planned kitchen/dining room desired by many homeowners. Entertaining friends and family in an open plan kitchen brings everybody together. You no longer have to leave your guests in another room whilst you continue to prepare food in the kitchen and balance entertaining in the dining.
Adapting to the future is something many of our customers consider before the design process. Renovating a kitchen with technology in mind is often at the forefront of kitchen designs, such as concealed cabling, smart technology and automation.
In the past, an induction hob hasn’t had the best reputation for cooking, with opinions of not being able to control the heat as well as gas. The report shows that 41% of homeowners surveyed selected an induction hob, 29% gas and the remaining upgrading to a gas/electric combination hob.
The 2018 Houzz kitchen trends study reveals some interesting insights, from what makes homeowners decide to change their kitchen through to their preferred appliance upgrades. The research shows that 40% of all people asked about their motivation for a kitchen renovation, say that is tied to their having recently purchased their home and are looking to personalise it, while 33% had lived in their home for a number of years and now have the means to renovate.
(Heart Wood image courtesy of Dulux)
It is without doubt that the colour palette for 2017 was smoky greys and dark blues. However, moving into 2018 we are seeing a trend for warmer, natural tones. Dulux revealed the Colour of the Year 2018 as ‘Heart Wood’, inspired by “beautifully warm wooden materials”, sitting “between a smokey taupe and a dusky mauve” – Rebecca Williamson, Dulux Colour and Design Expert.
Copper has been on the interior scene for a few years and is here to stay for 2018. Joining the classic metal is natural materials such as concrete, marble, stone and granite. The popularity of these aesthetically pleasing natural materials is expected to grow through 2018, with more people choosing these organic materials to compliment home interior designs.
According to Houzz editor Mitchell Parker, home owners are moving away from traditional white kitchens and are incorporating a splash of colour. Stylish sinks, made from natural materials such as stone or concrete are set to be a big hit in 2018. Around the house warmer rich tones will make our homes feel more inviting and welcoming.
Conquest designer Shameen Jivraj believes the trend for working from home will continue to grow – “During 2017 we saw a strong surge in requests for home studies, converting and redesigning space within the home. With more people working from home requiring a dedicated space, we predict the demand will get stronger in 2018.”
Home owners will continue to focus on bespoke media units, hiding cables and wires out of sight – “Lounge media units incorporating AV equipment and neatly hiding the spaghetti of wires in our bespoke hand crafted units were also very popular in 2017. With the growth of connected living and smart home automation, we anticipate a significant increase in bespoke media units this year.”
Whilst the need for media units that will display your television and associated audio equipment has been on the increase, so too have the prices of imported units. They may have been built for an incredibly low cost but that doesn’t mean that is what they’re expecting you to pay. At Conquest we have found that customers have been really surprised at how affordable a bespoke media unit is and how well it compares in terms of price to the imported ‘one size fits all’ offerings. Whilst these production line units could never compete in terms of quality or finish with a bespoke Conquest media unit, one would at least expect a correspondingly cheaper price but this is often not the case.
Talk to one of our designers about how we could help you transform your lounge and hide all media related cable and clutter, with a bespoke media unit. As part of our Winter Promotions we are offering 2 years interest free credit (T’s and C’s apply).
New Year – New Home?
Any housing expert will tell you that if you are only going to improve one room in your house to make your home more sellable, then make it the kitchen.
But you may ask yourself, ‘How much should I spend on my kitchen?’ In an article for the Daily Telegraph, TV house sale guru Phil Spencer explains that you need to match your kitchen budget to the value of your home, so if your house is low in sale value don’t go overboard on a kitchen and appliances as they won’t add the equivalent value.
However if your house is valuable, adding a cheap kitchen will devalue it, so make sure you invest in a high quality kitchen to add value to your property. Ideal Home echo this view saying ‘always keep expense in proportion to the size and current value of your property; for example, there’s little chance of adding value (or even recouping costs) if you add a bespoke £25,000 kitchen to a house that’s valued at £170,000 – even if it is in a brand-new kitchen extension. Nor is it sensible to put an £8,000 kitchen in a house that’s worth £1m!
Adding Value to your Home with Bespoke – 10% January discount
Bespoke kitchens will add real value to the more valuable properties. As well as enjoying all the benefits of a beautifully designed and fitted bespoke kitchen, Ideal home say that ‘a new kitchen will make your property more appealing to buyers and according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), can add as much as 4% to its value.”
In his article Phil goes further saying that ‘typically, a new kitchen will add 4.6 per cent onto the value’ of your home.
A bespoke kitchen provides unbeatable quality with the kitchen being made to measure and built to last, here in the UK but this needn’t mean expensive. Once you’ve fully priced up your new kitchen you’ll find that a fully bespoke Conquest kitchen is very competitively priced even against the flat pack, build cheap and import, one size fits all approach of the High Street. In addition, we are now offering a 10% discount on all of our kitchen orders in January 2018 so now is the time to give us a call, visit our showrooms in either Portsmouth or High Wycombe or have one of our designers come and talk to you.
After the visitors and guests have departed, many of us will take time in January to reflect on the New Year and changes that we may need to, amongst other things, our homes. It’s a time when we make decisions for the year ahead – improvements that we would like to make, any changes or redesigns of our rooms, extending or even moving house. When it comes to freshening up dated interiors or creating a new spaces and storage for you to enjoy, our designers can help.
The start of new year can be a very busy time for us at Conquest with many customers booking design consultations, so beat the rush and get in touch with our team to discuss the possibilities for your home in 2018.