Back in August 2016 I let you in on my favourite kitchen companies so a year later I thought I'd update the list and show you the new editions that are making me happy in the kitchen right now.
Gone are the gloss cupboards and black granite and in comes natural wood, subtle colour palettes and simplicity. Along with this come more affordable upstarts such as Naked Doors who will upgrade your IKEA kitchen cupboards with expensive looking doors and The Used Kitchen Company who are doing good for the environment and your pocket by selling on pre-loved kitchens.
For contemporary kitchens it has to be Pluck with their adventurous colour palettes and cork fronted cupboards and Day True who've taken the tired "Industrial" and given it a sophisticated spin.
For a fuller update on what's hot in kitchens now make sure you read our earlier post on kitchen trends
CHUCK OUT THAT PAPER LAMPSHADE!
We've been looking at lighting - a lot of lighting. Not being the easiest part of the room to get right, as it should never be just the big light on (as Peter Kaye would say). Lighting should be layered, there can be more than one light source in a room and know that dim-able and even subtle coloured light can transform the ambience without it being seedy and it needn't be extortionate.
Use groups of lights together, light through coloured glass, show off your vintage bulb, chic up your desktop. Stick them on the floor in the corner of your living room for a classy uplight, add lamps to tables, fireplaces and walls and play with the combinations of light (including the big light but on a dimmer please). Treat yourself; buy an investment and conversation piece or buy two or three budget pieces which together will give a more considered and expensive look to your scheme.
Movable, delicate, glowing, sit down on-able, childlike and classic, here are our top shops which you might not have heard of before, for relevant and stylish pieces many of which you can plug in today.
And if you now need an extension lead this company will build one for you. Here's one I made earlier
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog