Having been a professional kitchen designer in London I consider myself to be an expert in this sector. I love the space planning but also the challenge of finding the next big thing in kitchen interior design. I have designed kitchens for residential and commercial clients and along the way I have found some firm favourites, which I’d like to share with you.
For a long time now I’ve favoured natural wood cupboards both painted and unpainted - gloss cupboards you are dead to me. However, from experience it’s often better to have your worktops in a more durable and easy to clean material such as composite stone, stone or tiles (tiled worktops are going to be big again)
An old fave and one of the best value kitchens on the market – I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you this. Fitted well an Ikea kitchen will last a lifetime. Mine is 10 years old and is still going strong. They always stock a kitchen which embodies the latest trend and can be easily customised with different tops, doors and ironmongery. Watch this space for more on hacking the Ikea kitchen…
Is a London based company hiding in the Business Design Centre in Islington. They are currently installing some of the most perfect bespoke kitchens in London and are so very tasteful and use some fantastic materials. They are at the higher end of the price scale but with their friendly and knowledgeable team you’re guaranteed an amazing kitchen.
A relative newcomer to my interior design library, DeVol make traditional timber kitchens but with a modern twist (new-craft). Their Sebastian Cox range is my current favourite with it’s beautiful, glazed larder cupboard. I also love how they combine painted and unpainted cupboards in one space.
Plain English & British Standard
My old stomping ground as a designer. Despite having been an employee here, I cannot deny that these guys make great kitchens. The attention to carpentry details is obsessive and the cupboards come in such beautiful colours. Again they make traditional that can be installed into any space, old or new and with their slightly more affordable off-shoot company British Standard, it is possible to get one within a half-decent budget
White marble atop white-oiled oak and Pine with a white AGA make for the most sophisticated kitchens at the moment and this company will show you how to do it. With sleek lines, minimal styling with tactile materials, they are probably the most stylish kitchen company at the moment. Their lighting is always interesting too.
For an architect-designed kitchen, in bright orange maybe, this is one for you. Having designed for Tate Modern, The Young Vic Theatre and Fritz Hansen showroom they are high calibre and price but worth it!
Cheep Cheap. Cheaper than IKEA but still good looking. This company have an amazing amount of combinations in it’s ranges and colourways. The Linda Barker (yes remember her from Changing Rooms) collection is definitely worth looking at. They claim to beat any price so give them a try.
Bert & May
With new or reclaimed solid wood door facades and a policy of responsibly sourced products I like tis company a lot. Their kitchens play with textures beautifully and in my opinion they are leading the way in kitchen interior design trends. Combining beautiful stone, brass fittings and ironmongery and their own bonkers geometric tiles, I am so looking forward to installing one in a property soon – maybe yours?
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