How to create the best kitchen living space

How to create the best kitchen living space

Here at Contour we are often asked to design open plan kitchen living spaces for our customers.  This is a space that incorporates the living room, dining room and kitchen.  It has become a popular choice with families, customers who like to entertain and clients looking for a more sociable way of living.  So, how do you go about creating one room that ticks all the boxes?

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The best open plan kitchen living spaces are multifunctional and offer different zones in which to cook, eat, relax and integrate with friends and family.  When we design a kitchen living area, the first thing we ask our clients to do is think about how they want the space to work for them.  


For example if entertaining is high on the priority then a significant area needs to be designated to dining.  Perhaps the focus is a space where the family can gather, in which case, soft seating and a relaxation area will take precedence.  Maybe a homework zone or office space is important giving parents the ability to multitask.  The kitchen zone has to have function, flow and elegance as it will constantly be on show.  Once you have prioritised the way you want to use the space, the size and shape of the different zones will become clearer.


Utilisation of space is unique to each individual customer and has a direct baring on potential focal points of the room.  Thinking carefully about how you want your space to work will deliver clearer design decisions when considering elements such as lighting, flooring and soft furnishings.

A good kitchen designer can really help with some of the more technical elements of positioning like ensuring the provision for services such as gas and water are in the best place.  Having said that, the technical advance of many built-in appliances has given a new freedom to the designer and it really is possible to position the kitchen almost anywhere.  Different types of storage is crucial in an open plan kitchen and can make or break the overall scheme.  The ability to hide kitchen utensils, pans and crockery away when the cooking is done and the emphasis shifts to relaxation or entertainment is important, however adding stylish shelving is both practical and offers a visual bridge between zones.   


Incorporating different types of lighting will also make a successful kitchen living zone.  Combining mood lighting, accent and task lighting will make transitioning through different areas of the space more natural.  It will also help create different atmospheres as light levels change through the year. Positioning your kitchen living space overlooking the garden can provide a stunning backdrop and all important natural light.


It is also important to consider the overall scheme of the space.  The very best open plan kitchen living spaces do have clear zones, but also use furniture and furnishings cleverly to blend and merge borders.  Contrasting surfaces and homely furnishing elements are the individual details which turn a kitchen living space into a harmonious living environment and one that reflects your sense of style.  From luxurious to contemporary, cosy or bold and bright, it is really down your individual taste.


Come and talk to our design team about your your project.  Our consultations are free and our highly trained designers work with you to create a bespoke kitchen design.  To speak to a designer please click here.





Six things you need to know about Induction hobs

Six things you need to know about Induction hobs

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Induction cooking is becoming more widespread and with many clients choosing this method of cooking over gas powered hobs, here are some things you should consider when choosing a cook top.


1. Induction is one of the most efficient cooking methods available, combining speed and accurate control.  Induction hobs have a strong electromagnets positioned underneath the surface of the glass.  When a ferrous ( Iron) metal pan is placed on the hob, a circuit is created allowing a rapid and even transfer of heat to the contents of the pan.  Speed is one of the most noticeable advantages when using an induction hob.  For example, a pan of water will reach boiling point almost twice as fast as a gas hob. 

2. Many models contain a flex zone, this means the cooking area can be tailored to your needs making it easier to use oversize pans such as fish kettles, woks and casserole dishes.  This can be the whole of the hob or a designated area that can take a variety of pan sizes.  On certain models several pans can be placed anywhere on the flex zone and used at the same time making Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner a breeze.

3. Venting hobs are becoming more and more popular.  A venting hob is one that has powerful integrated extraction.  Usually placed centrally down the middle of the hob, this space saving, easy to clean technology means that cooking vapors and grease are extracted at the source resulting in greater efficiency.  More of our clients are choosing a venting hobs over the traditional wall, ceiling or downdraft extractors.

Another advantage of a venting hob is the flexibility provided when considering its positioning.  More traditional forms of extraction require the hob to be placed in front of a wall however, because a venting hob can be positioned almost anywhere in the kitchen, the designer can maximise the space and offer the client more layout options.


4. Cleaning an induction hob is quick and simple as it consists of one piece of glass.  Also, as there aren’t any heavy cast iron pan supports to remove, it is far easier to clean grease marks and spills.  The cooktop gets hot but won’t scald like a gas flame and any areas of glass around the cooking zones remain cool to the touch meaning spills tend not to get burnt to the surface.

Many of the extraction components of venting hobs are compatible for cleaning in the dishwasher making the cook zone a far more hygienic area.

5. Induction hobs offer excellent control as the cooking zones heat up remarkably quickly which is a major benefit for most busy households.  These hobs are also very responsive and will cool down rapidly if the temperature is decreased.  When a pan is removed from the cook zone, the circuit is broken and the heat will quickly dissipate.


6. Many models have in-built safety features and smart technology meaning the hob can recognise the smooth flat base of a pan.  This prevents things like metal spoons or utensils being heated by accident.  When in use, only the base of the pan heats up meaning that far more precise amounts of energy are used, making induction cooking cost effective and efficient.

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Here at Contour we have a range of Induction, flex induction and venting induction hobs from premium suppliers including Gaggenau, Bora, Siemens and Neff.  If you would like a demonstration of our products, please get in touch and talk to one of our team.





What is contemporary kitchen design?

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Open plan contemporary style

Contemporary and modern kitchen designs are commonly confused - when, in fact, they offer an entirely different feel to a space. Inspired by a period that has already passed, modern design incorporates styles that were popular in the early to mid 20th century. Whilst modern design reflects a specific era, contemporary design does not attribute itself to a particular period. Rather, it is constantly changing, whilst being influenced by other points in time. Combining current trends with minimalism and diversity, a contemporary kitchen is an all-round one which incorporates many style inspirations whilst being a reflection of the user’s personality.

 

A popular feature in contemporary kitchens, an open-plan layout invites the dining area, lounge and kitchen to be connected to create a social, living zone. A contemporary design, above all else, should burst with individuality; this can be achieved through statement pieces, such as sculptured lighting, ornate furnishings and a combination of your favourite textures. Contemporary design takes inspiration from the second half of the 20th century, with streamlined, geometric cabinetry being amongst the top contenders.

 

Contemporary kitchens should be highly functional, yet minimalistic. This look can be achieved through the cabinetry and splash-back, which, when paired with identical finishes create a streamlined appearance. Clean lines are important in this kind of kitchen design; try to line up the splash-back with wall cabinetry, and ensure that drawers within cabinets have symmetry. This creates a sleek aesthetic that falls in line with a simplistic yet sophisticated style. Additionally, ensuring a design has clean lines creates a sense of harmony and tidiness, therefore allowing you to experiment more with other aspects of the design. Cabinets are also commonly installed without pull handles or knobs, with designers installing press-touch technology that allows draws to be opened with the push of a finger.

 

Flooring is an important part of the design process. Contemporary kitchens avoid materials that are heavily patterned, and incorporate floors that are made of subtle natural materials – such as concrete or wood. These can also be used to warm up an otherwise cool-toned design. Textures such as stone and quartz are also commonly used throughout the kitchen, creating tactile interest.

 

Modern kitchen appliances are essential for a contemporary kitchen design. These should be streamlined and sleek, whilst integrating well into the kitchen. Additionally, the sink area should be subtle; with stainless steel or matte black being some of the most popular finishes. The idea of contemporary design is to create a space that looks less like a typical industrial kitchen, and more like a work of art.

 

At Contour, our team can work with your personal needs and preferences to help you create a contemporary design in your kitchen. To speak to one of our team, please click here.

 

Meet the team

Meet the team

This month, our Junior Designer, Alex, tells all about her average day at Contour.

 

What is your name and role at Contour?

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 My name is Alex, and I’m the Junior Designer at Contour. My role is to produce the initial kitchen designs and to organise visual information for customers and trades accordingly.

Tell us about your background, and how you got to where you are now.

 Whilst studying a BA (Hons) in Interior Design, I worked on various projects with the Architecture Centre in Bristol, where I helped local communities build their social spaces. Alongside my studies, I worked as the designer for an independent kitchen company who specialised in traditional handmade cabinetry.

What are your favourite parts of the job?

 My favourite parts of working at Contour and using Leicht cabinetry is that I get to use an array of skills, such as architectural planning, graphic design and interior design. However, I also enjoy the practical elements of measuring an empty space and making it beautiful.

Tell us about your favourite kitchen project that you’ve worked on.

 My first kitchen was my favourite! It was a very small kitchen in a small property that turned out to have a massive impact. By knocking through one internal wall, we expanded their storage considerably and made their kitchen a feature of their living room and garden. It was nice to see the customer get excited about the demolition (that they hadn’t initially factored in!) which rejuvenated and modernised their 1960s property.

Do you have any top kitchen tips when re-designing or re-furbishing a kitchen?

Kitchen design merges considerably with interior design. My top tip would be to put your ‘interior design head’ on and not only think practically, but conceptually. Your kitchen needs to bring a sense of atmosphere to your home. Ensure your designer knows and becomes familiar with the way that you operate in your kitchen – as well as your personality, lifestyle and hobbies. This way, the designer can help create that perfect ambience for you with use of lighting, colours, textures and cabinet functionalities.

Currently, what is the most popular kitchen trend amongst your customers?

As even more kitchens become open-plan, customers are wanting to blend their kitchens with their home and lifestyle. In terms of materials, customers are now starting to play with more textures in their kitchen, which interact more with the senses whilst also working to soften the room. We are also seeing an increase in the use of smart home devices, such as the Home Connect. This is where customers are able to control their appliances with the use of a mobile phone app and the Amazon Alexa, helping them to organise their home life in advance.

Finally, what makes Contour so unique?

The customer journey is our focus. Our aim is to make the process of designing a new kitchen a stress free experience, whilst filling the space full of innovative designs for living.

Top 10 mistakes to avoid when designing a kitchen

Top 10 mistakes to avoid when designing a kitchen

Whether you’re designing your kitchen for the first time or giving it a much-needed renovation, it’s important to plan your design carefully to avoid making costly mistakes. The best place to start is by researching online for inspiration, through trusted websites such as Pinterest and Houzz. Here, you’ll find countless ideas based around your personal preferences that will transform your mindset into a creative one.

 

At Contour, we’re well aware of the numerous aspects of kitchen design that can go wrong if not planned properly. The kitchen is, arguably, one of the most important yet difficult spaces in the home to get right. So, to help you along with the renovation process, we’ve pulled together a list of mistakes to avoid.

 

1.      Not making efficient use of space

Making the most of the space you have is one of the most fundamental aspects of the planning process. Make sure to take into account manoeuvrability, and this includes ensuring that kitchen aisles aren’t too narrow. The space between kitchen islands and wall cabinets should be wide enough so that multiple chefs can cook and move around comfortably. Countertop space is also a fundamental part of the kitchen, as this is where most of the preparation takes place. If you’re re-designing, be mindful that you don’t give up valuable counter space.

 

2.      Not using a variety of materials

Incorporating a design that’s predominantly stainless steel is a mistake commonly made, and can give a kitchen a more commercial  rather than homely feel. Be sure to include a variety of materials and textures; this could include pairing marble countertops with matte black cabinets.

 

3.      Confusing functionality and aesthetics

Open shelving is a great way to display your favourite cookware and cook books. A recent trend, when used correctly, open shelving can replace bulky wall cabinetry with a more minimalist, streamlined and Scandi-style appearance. However, when incorporating these into your design, be careful not to overload them with too many items. Use these shelves to present your favourite items, whilst keeping your bulky and less aesthetic items for under-counter storage. It’s also important not to forget about functionality, including that of cabinets. It’s not ideal to find that, once the kitchen is finished, several cabinet doors can’t be opened simultaneously. It’s vital that you take measurements and plan this part very carefully.

 

4.      Not installing enough electrical sockets

Once the design is finished, there’s nothing worse than realising that there aren’t enough plugs to accommodate all of your kitchen appliances. Make sure to strategically plan where these sockets can be placed – and how many you need.

 

5.      No variety of lighting

A kitchen that features solely overhead lighting is one that tends to lack character and atmosphere. It’s a good idea to include accent and spot lighting, too – whether this be over-island pendants or LED lighting across cabinet borders.

 

6.      Not having sufficient ventilation

Odours quickly surface when cooking – and are not pleasant when using the kitchen as a shared, multi-functional space. Ensure that you have ample ventilation installed to avoid this. The Bora Venting Hob integrates both a cooking hob and streamlined extractor, eliminating the need for bulky extractor hoods.

 

7.      Misplacing kitchen hotspots

The refrigerator, sink and stove are arguably the most-used appliances in the kitchen. It’s therefore important to place these so that they’re within short distance of one another and easily accessible.

 

8.      Not sticking to a budget

Deciding on a budget before designing is crucial. This way, you can make the best design decisions for your kitchen based on how much you are investing.

 

9.      Not utilising spaces efficiently

It’s important to ensure that the cabinetry is going to be used efficiently. Being creative helps to achieve this; you might, for example, choose incorporate larder units, le mans corner units and pull out systems to help maximise storage space, thus allowing additional space to be given over to dining or relaxation.

 

10.  Not enlisting the help of an interior designer

Designing your kitchen can be an exciting yet daunting process. To create a space that’s both identical to your vision and functional is a difficult task when attempted without the help of a professional.

 

Here at Contour, our expert designers have experience in helping clients create their ideal kitchen that’s aesthetically pleasing, functional and long lasting. To contact one of our team, please click here.

 

How to Create a Modern yet Classic Kitchen in 2019

How to Create a Modern yet Classic Kitchen in 2019

It’s the beginning of a new year, and we’re already showcasing timeless designs that are set to increase in popularity throughout the coming months. Some of the most popular 2018 trends, including all-white kitchens and rose gold finishes, are predicted to be replaced with pops of olive green and nature-inspired textures. Interior design in 2019 will aim to create a space that’s modern whilst incorporating classic finishes.

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Whilst white veined quartz and composites are set to continue being incorporated into many kitchens, navy blue, hunters green and light colour palettes are expected to emerge as some of the most popular colour choices this year. Additionally, whilst rose gold is expected to decrease in popularity, industrial rusty copper will provide a more modern alternative that will be seen across sinks and taps, and surface finishes. Whilst not adding a statement colour, natural textures, such as wood, can provide warmth and depth to a monotonous scheme.

 

Introduced in 2018, the combination of contrasting textures is expected to rise in 2019. A simple way to mix modern and classic designs, incorporating different textures can create an interesting space that’s unique to you. This could be something as simple as combining matte cabinet finishes with leather pull handles or pairing a stone splashback with high-shine marble surfaces. Splashbacks are now expected to upgrade to statement pieces (especially for kitchens without wall cabinets). Now expected to appear in stone, mirror and marble finishes, tall splashbacks will add an area of interest to an otherwise plain backdrop. Similarly, when this is combined with open shelving above, a Scandi-inspired, timeless design will emerge.

 

Streamlined, concealed storage is predicted to continue being a focus of interior design this year. Providing a tidy, minimalist appearance, storage walls are the perfect way to avoid bulky cabinets using up unnecessary space whilst still allowing you to hide away appliances. The Scandinavian-inspired butler sinks are also expected to rise in popularity and are great for storing and hiding away pans and dishes that need cleaning.

 

Digital technology, of course, is continuing to develop, creating smart kitchens that make the cook’s life easier at the touch of a button. Including sous vide cooking methods, 2-in-1 hob/extractors and coffee machines that remember your favourite drinks, the kitchen is literally becoming more intelligent – and is definitely something that the avid chef needs in their home kitchen. Say goodbye to bulky, unsightly extractor hoods with Bora’s integrated venting hob. Seamlessly fitted to a work surface, this hob is accompanied by a flat extractor that vacuums steam and odours as soon as they leave the pan. Additionally, NEFF’s coffee machines are ideal for the caffeine enthusiast. Offering the ability to remember eight different coffee beverages, you can literally have your desired drink served up at the click of a button. Siemens’ coffee machine, on the other hand, can be controlled wherever you are thanks to its compatibility with the Home Connect app.

 

At Contour Kitchens, our expert designers can help you create a kitchen that incorporates modern trends and timeless features – whilst staying true to your personal preferences and needs. To speak to one of our team, or to visit us in store, please see here.

Which Type of Hob is Right for You?

Which Type of Hob is Right for You?

The process of choosing a cooktop for your kitchen can be overwhelming since there are so many options available. From gas to induction, each cooktop type offers different functions and benefits – some are more suited to industrial kitchens, whilst others are best for the home. Here at Contour Kitchens, we can help you choose the best cooktop for your kitchen, respective of your needs and preferences.

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Gas hobs have taken pride of place in many industrial kitchens over the years, and have been widely enjoyed by professional chefs. Offering easy-to-use and efficient functioning, these have assisted with speedy service whilst creating great quality food. Gas hobs are also known for their ability to heat up and cool down quickly, and are easy to control since the size of the flame can be altered accordingly – making simmering and boiling easier to achieve. Gas hobs are also cheaper to run than electric cooktops, and heat tends to spread more evenly across the base of the pan. However, cleaning can be an issue with many gas hobs, with crumbs and spilled food getting stuck around the gas rings. NEFF’s easy-to-clean black tempered glass gas hobs help to solve this issue, with an easily wiped surface that prevents food falling directly onto the hobs. This cooktop also features FlameSelect, which allows the clever control of gas flow – meaning that the size of the flame can be easily tailored to create the desired cooking techniques. 

Venting hobs by Bora are another great option for the kitchen. Not only do these hobs efficiently cook meals, but they also extract steam, odours and grease particles as soon as they leave the pan. This maintains a fresh smelling kitchen and eliminates the need for a bulky extractor hood. The Bora Professional 2.0 is one of Bora’s cooking ranges, which has been expertly designed with minimalism and style kept in mind.

The induction hob is increasing in popularity amongst both professional kitchens and homes alike. Along with their array of safety features as well as environmental and economic benefits, they are an efficient yet environmentally-friendly way to meet your kitchen needs. Induction hobs operate by creating a magnetic field beneath the surface; the circuit of which is only complete when a compatible pan is placed on the hob. This means that only the pan itself is heated, providing a safer option for families with young children and fast-moving industrial kitchens. These cooktops also only use the exact amount of energy that’s required, meaning that its users will experience its money-saving benefits. The streamlined design allows induction hobs to be subtly integrated within the kitchen; however, induction-friendly pans must be purchased to allow its operation. Additionally, induction hobs allow for the controllability of heat, meaning that food can be heated at very low temperatures. They’re also easy to clean as there are no rings or trivets acting as an obstruction. Gaggenau’s Vario 200 series induction hob allows for complete flexibility, as it has the ability to be combined with all other cooktops within the Vario 200 series range. Additionally, these cooktops have cooking sensor functions so that temperature can be easily controlled within pots.

To speak to one of our experts and find out which cooktop is best for you, please contact us here.

Which Kitchen Designs are Likely to Be Timeless?

Which Kitchen Designs are Likely to Be Timeless?

When designing a new kitchen, one of the main aims should be to create a space that will last a long time – with regards to both aesthetics and functionality. In addition to being cost-effective, carefully planned and timeless designs will create long-term satisfaction for the user. Many designs from the early 20th century still remain in modern day kitchens; similarly, several designs that are on-trend today will remain stylish well into the future.

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The 1920s saw the introduction of Butler sinks, which were originally designed for the Butler’s Pantry in order to better conserve water. Today, these sinks can still be seen in many kitchens, and have increased in depth to suit modern design. Although water supply is much less of an issue, they complement country-style cabinets beautifully – and are great for storing pots and pans that need to be washed up. Natural kitchen textures are also considered to be timeless, since nature is always going to be present. Taking inspiration from wooden and plant textures is a great way to incorporate biophilic design; flooring and cabinets with a wooden finish are great ways to integrate this.

Granite countertops, although a design trend of the past decade, are quickly fading out and are being replaced with composite and quartz finishes. These materials require less upkeep and are a less dominant feature – meaning that statements within the design are often expressed through items that can be easily changed, such as appliances. They also reflect more light, making the kitchen appear brighter. Timeless colour schemes include neutral shades, such as grey or pastel colours – and, of course, white. Integrating several bold colours has reduced in popularity over the years, and are now widely used as a single ‘statement’ wall or appliance colour.

Investing in high quality cabinetry is a must in timeless designs. As well as being cost-effective, your kitchen will maintain its quality finish over a longer period of time – which is key to creating a timeless kitchen. Keeping walls minimal is also essential, as cluttered walls make the kitchen appear smaller. Installing minimal units or turning up and over wall cabinets into uncluttered open shelving are great ways to ensure that your kitchen is kept clean and streamlined. Open shelving is a popular method of displaying aesthetically-pleasing crockery  and personal items, whilst bulkier pieces of equipment are often kept in closed drawers.

Making the most of natural light is something that we’re always going to strive for in kitchen design. Opting for glass doors is a great way to filter in light, and simultaneously make the kitchen appear larger. Open layouts have become increasingly popular over the years, combining the living and kitchen spaces to create a more interactive and informal atmosphere. This is likely to remain timeless, and increases versatility. Single-level islands are also set to remain on-trend, since they provide essential preparation space and assist in creating an informal kitchen design due to their ability to be used as an eating area.

At Contour, we can help you to create a kitchen that will always remain stylish – regardless of design trend changes. Creating timeless designs is at the heart of what we do, helping you to get the most out of our expert advice. To speak to one of our designers, please click here.

The Rise of Scandinavian Kitchen Design

The Rise of Scandinavian Kitchen Design

After reaching its peak in the 50s and 60s, Scandinavian interior design has continued to be a trend – not only in the Nordic countries, but also across Europe and many other countries around the world. These designs are inspired by the cool colours of the Nordic landscape, which have created neutral colour palettes and natural textures. Scandinavian design is also known for its minimalism, and as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it comes to no surprise that Pinterest and Houzz are overflowing with design inspiration in this department.

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When thinking of Scandinavian kitchens, streamlined surfaces and seamless designs will most likely come to mind. Since designs are kept minimal in terms of furniture type and colour, a variety of textures are often used as a focal point, and as a way of bringing surfaces and furniture pieces to life. You may choose, for example, to place a beautiful marble surface next to a workstation that has wooden or copper finishes. Scandinavians are also known for their ability to maximise storage space in the kitchen. This can be executed by hiding storage space within panelling, or displaying items on an aesthetic open-shelving unit – whilst being careful not to overfill it. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is also popular, since these fit in seamlessly with the minimalistic design – whilst also providing that all-important storage space. Additionally, handle-free drawers provide a slick and highly functional addition to the design, and work particularly well with smaller kitchens. 

Colours and textures in Scandinavian design remain very minimal. Largely based on neutral palettes, pops of colour are mainly added with furniture and appliances. Since the Nordic countries receive very little daylight, it has become second nature for the locals to make the most of the light that they have. Therefore, they aim to choose colours and finishes that will reflect light - including white walls and surfaces. Scandinavian kitchens tend to stick to specific colour palettes of whites and cool greys, with pops of metallic finishes to add warmth and character. These colours, as a combination, help the kitchen to feel more spacious whilst still being minimal. White and warm metals, such as copper, are a staple combination in kitchen design trends. They complement each other perfectly, creating the ideal balance between cleanliness, spaciousness and warmth.

‘Earthy’ shades are also a popular addition within this design, and include terracotta and tan. These colours help to soften bright white colours, creating a more balanced design without compromising on space. Similarly, natural materials such as wood and leather add a variety of textures whilst introducing the increasingly popular biophilic design.  

Generally, Scandinavian design focuses on a balance between creating a kitchen that’s functional yet minimalist. It’s now perceived as a design staple rather than a trend, and is characterised by its de-cluttered nature and simplicity.

Here at Contour kitchens, we love to apply our expert design knowledge to your personal preferences to create a kitchen space that’s perfect for you. To visit us in store, please see here.

Why Should I Hire an Interior Design Company?

Why Should I Hire an Interior Design Company?

Although designing a new kitchen is undoubtedly an exciting process, it’s something that requires a lot of planning. Trying to create a kitchen that’s both contemporary and functional, whilst also trying to use the space wisely is a difficult task - and is more likely to be achieved with the help of a professional interior designer.

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Not only does hiring a designer allow you to create your dream kitchen with a professional finish, it also helps you to save time, as project timescales and deadlines will need to be put in place. This means that you won’t have to worry about co-ordinating the installation and you can enjoy the design process better. Having time frames means that you’ll have a finish date, and you’ll have a clear idea of how long each step in the process should take. Receiving help from an interior designer also takes a lot of the pressure and inconvenience away from yourself, including dealing with sub-contractors and the stress of project management. This will help to transform the process from a potentially mundane and difficult job to one which you can enjoy, since you’ll be left with the fun tasks in the design process.

Once you’ve given the designer a clear idea of what it is you’d like, including colour schemes, layout and functionality, the designer can then use their existing contacts to find the best furniture items for you. This way, you’ll know that any sourced furniture will be of a high quality and good value for money. You’ll also receive expert advice on the best ways to position your furniture and the size it should be with respect to your available space. Interior designers also have access to a range of other resources, including contacts with an array of trusted suppliers, tradesmen and artisans. This way, you can relax - as your designer will sort all of this for you.

Your designer will also help you to sort out a budget so that you can save money along the way. One of the most difficult things to get right, especially when designing a luxury kitchen, is knowing where best to source your items without overspending. With years of experience in this field, your designer will help you to ensure that you’re spending your money in the right places.

If you’re a little unsure of how to create a kitchen that incorporates modern design, a professional designer will always be aware of the latest trends. Not only this, but the experts like to use designs that are timeless - so they’ll always create a classic and stylish ambience in your kitchen. At Contour Kitchens, we like to use Leicht furniture alongside Dekton, Silestone and Corian worktops, since these are not only manufactured using high quality materials, but also adapt with a vast array of colour schemes. This allows us to create an elegant kitchen design that is to your taste and within budget.  Although you may fall in love with your design plan, it’s always a good idea to get it checked by a fresh pair of eyes - and whose eyes are better than those of a professional designer? They’ll expertly match your favourite colours, whilst helping you to make your kitchen a reflection of your personality.

At Contour Kitchens, our expert designers are always on hand to provide professional advice, whilst tailoring their knowledge and experience to your design preferences. To speak to one of our designers, please visit us in store.

How to Express Your Personality Through Interior Design

How to Express Your Personality Through Interior Design

If you’re looking for a distinctive kitchen design, finding ways to inject your personality into it is one of the best ways to achieve this. There is little more unique than incorporating your favourite styles, colours, textures and décor in one place – and it is by doing this that you can truly express your passions and personal qualities through interior design.

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If you’re uncertain about what designs you’d like to use, Pinterest and Houzz have plenty of pictures for design inspiration that you can use to build a mood board. Mood boards are the perfect way to find out the styles that you really like, which you can then use in the designing process.

Colour can often be something difficult to get right, especially if you aren’t sure what you’re after. The first and perhaps most obvious tip is to choose a colour that you love before incorporating this into your kitchen design. If your favourite colour is a bold one but you prefer a minimalistic design, then you may wish to go for neutral-coloured walls but add in pops of colour through appliances and décor pieces. Alternatively, if your favourite colour is purple and you’re after a modern yet loud kitchen design, why not set aside a beautiful signature shade for a feature wall?

Colour can also be used to reflect your personality by choosing colours for a desired effect. For example, red makes for a vibrant atmosphere, whilst orange boasts energy and open-mindedness. Contrarily, green creates a calming environment whilst blue promotes spirituality.

A great way to be unique in your designs is by playing around with themes and combining contrasting ones. For example, if you live in a modern city flat/apartment, there’s nothing to stop you from incorporating country-themed designs into your kitchen area; whether that’s by including more wooden furniture or antique pieces. This adds a sense of individuality, whilst adding something a little different. Similarly, if you live in a country-themed house, you can add in modern touches to your kitchen design through pendant lighting, stone flooring, handle-less cabinetry and copper finishes.

It’s often difficult to strike a balance between adding in items which reflect your hobbies whilst still retaining a stylish, coherent design. This can be done, however – and is a great way to inject life into your kitchen. If you’ve got an old record player you’d like to incorporate, why not add a splash of paint to match it to your colour scheme? Alternatively, if your hobby is reading, you might consider investing in a multi-functional kitchen island with extra open-shelving storage – or alternatively, adding some textured shelves to your walls so that you can display your favourite books.

It’s also important to consider the purpose of your kitchen. If you’d like your kitchen to be a sociable and open space, why not add a peninsula that can be used as a breakfast bar? If you’re working with a small kitchen, a mirrored splashback is an ideal way to both make your kitchen appear larger and add a design statement to the kitchen. If you’re a passionate chef and love creating recipes, you may consider an open-shelving wall where you can store all of your favourite cookware and sources of food inspiration.

Here at Contour, we can help to fill the gap between creating a kitchen that truly reflects you as a person whilst trying to incorporate timeless and stylish designs. To speak to one of our designers, come and visit us in store.

Where Can I Find Design Inspiration?

Where Can I Find Design Inspiration?

Thanks to the development of a vast array of design and creative websites we now have more options than ever when it comes to design inspiration. When designing a new kitchen, particularly from scratch, it can be hard to know what designs will suit your personality and the shape/size of your kitchen the best. The first stage of the designing process is finding inspiration, since you’ll need to have a good idea of what it is that you want before you begin planning.

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The internet is a great place to start when looking for design inspiration. Whilst the popular creative pin-board site Pinterest is great for general ideas, there are other similar websites which focus specifically on interior design. Take Designspiration, for example. Specifically offering design creativity, this website offers a much broader range and delves deeper into the realms of design trends and styles. Similarly to Pinterest, ideas can be saved for later viewing. Niice, another great design inspiration website, allows users to create a visual mood board which will ultimately help you to decide what you like and dislike. This website also has the option to view images similar to the one you’ve selected, which is great for those who prefer a particular style.

Similarly, Houzz is an online inspiration site specifically aimed at home renovations. With hundreds of pictures tailored to your searches, you certainly won’t be short of new ideas. Houzz offers a diverse range of design ideas, featuring not only the latest design trends, but designs to suit a range of kitchen foundations – whether that’s within a country home or a kitchen with limited space.

Image-heavy social media sites can also be used for inspiration. Platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr and Flikr feature high-quality photographs of all kinds of styles that people have within their homes. Following pages that you like also means that whenever you take a look at your social feed, you’ll be kept updated with new design trends.

Magazines are a classic yet simple way to observe the latest design trends. Interior design magazines such as House Beautiful, Ideal Home and Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom offer great kitchen design tips and pictures. You can also have a look at their websites, which feature extra advice articles and design updates.

For a more personal approach to inspiration, why not take a look at some design blogs? Try visiting Coco Kelley and Apartment 34 to view some beautiful pictures and design stories.

Design inspiration can often be found much closer to home than originally thought. Subtly adopting a designer’s perspective and simply noticing more when visiting the homes of family and friends will allow you to observe the specific aesthetic and functional aspects that you like and dislike, ultimately narrowing down your choices.

You may also find it helpful to speak to a professional design consultant, who can offer bespoke advice to help you make the best design decisions for your kitchen. It’s a great idea to take along some of the inspiration that you’ve found so that your designer can have a clear idea of what it is you’re looking for. Here at Contour, our expert designers will apply their knowledge of the latest trends and highest-quality materials to your kitchen design, tailoring their service to your needs and preferences. Additionally, you can view our showroom which features on-trend kitchen designs for the ultimate source of inspiration.

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How to Pick the Best Kitchen Designs for You

How to Pick the Best Kitchen Designs for You

Whether you have plans to re-design your kitchen from scratch or just tweak a few features, it’s important that the finished article compliments your use of the space.

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There are bountiful kitchen designs to choose from and each element should benefit those using it. Some people wrongly believe that their kitchen design should mirror the style of their home; for example, a rustic design in a cottage or a sleek and technology-driven design in a new-build. But it’s OK to cherry-pick elements from both traditional and modern designs – as long as it enhances your kitchen experience. Some of our most striking projects have been when the client chooses to put a contemporary handle-less kitchen into a period home.

The space you have at your disposal is crucial, however, and can dictate the layout. If you have a small, light-deprived space to work with, then a design that features a light and reflective colour palette can bring an airy vibrancy, while a matte finish is much better suited to designs where bright natural light blankets the kitchen.

Size also plays a big part in the design. If your kitchen is small, a streamlined design is the best option to fully utilise the space. Larger kitchens offer more in terms of incorporating a variety of features which wouldn’t be possible in smaller designs. For instance, an island is an effective way of utilising space in a large kitchen design, as it encourages the kitchen to be used as an area to eat, relax, socialise and entertain.

Ultimately, before you begin turning your dream kitchen design into a reality, think about how it should benefit your lifestyle.

Lifestyle factors should play a big part in the overall design. For instance, if you have small children or grandchildren running around, chances are you’ll constantly be wiping away mess made by their sticky fingers! If this is the case, it might be worth avoiding high-gloss and shiny surfaces.

If you spend most of your time in the kitchen cooking, careful consideration should be made on how space is needed for preparation and storage. Gaggenau, Siemens, Neff and Bora appliances can make cooking a more fun and easy experience whilst bringing modern luxury to the kitchen. Cutting-edge technology is aesthetically pleasing in a modern and slick kitchen design, but you if opt for a more traditional layout, appliances can be hidden away or integrated into the design itself with handle-less drawers.

Food lovers also need to ensure storage is maximised without creating an area that looks bulky and messy. But if you have plentiful vertical space in the room, then extra height cabinetry can offer storage for items used less often like seasonal plates and dishes. As long as the design keeps with a certain theme through complimenting materials and colours, extra storage units won’t disrupt the kitchen’s visually pleasing atmosphere.

At Contour, we’re proud to be at the forefront of designing luxury kitchens that marry functionality and comfort. As the heart and soul of the home, we understand the importance of designing a kitchen that works for you; a kitchen for living.

Call our team on 01242 221196 to find out how we can help you embark on a journey to design the kitchen of your dreams.

How to Design a Kitchen in a Small Space

How to Design a Kitchen in a Small Space

If you’re the owner of a small kitchen, it’s important to understand that just because there’s limited space, it doesn’t mean you also have to be limited in your design. With a few adjustments and careful planning, you can incorporate almost any style you like. Using resources to maximise kitchen space is essential, and there are many ways in which you can design a small kitchen to make it look larger.

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Incorporating a stylish yet minimalistic design is one of the best ways you can maximise the appearance of a small kitchen. Using too many different colours, materials and having too much on display can make a kitchen appear cluttered – and therefore smaller. During the planning process, it’s a good idea to identify the spaces in your kitchen that you’re perhaps not using to its full potential; i.e. the spaces between cupboards and underneath sinks. You can then ensure that you’re using this space more wisely for the new design, allowing extra space for other furniture/appliances.

Maximising space goes further than identifying unused areas. You can also save space with appliances; for example, incorporating magnetic knife boards means that you don’t have to worry about acquiring a bulky knife holder; and hanging rails for pans and utensils allow for additional storage space – meaning you can use drawers and cupboards for crockery and larger appliances. It’s also a good idea to add shelves wherever possible, such as in unused corners or across alcoves. Hanging pendant lighting is also great for small kitchens, as they act as a great design statement when featured above islands, whilst helping to save countertop space.

Many modern kitchens feature an island, since these act as both a collaborative cooking space and dining space. They are often the centrepiece of the kitchen and so, benefit from a pop of colour that compliments the  overall scheme. In a small kitchen, islands are not always an ideal option since they leave little room for manoeuvring around. However, vertical or moveable islands on wheels can be great alternatives for small kitchens. Peninsulas may even offer a better option, since these are simply extensions of an installed work surface that can act as a mini-island. Whether you opt for an island or not, choosing light colour schemes with reflective materials go a long way in small kitchens as they maximise light, making the kitchen appear larger.

Galley kitchen styles are also popular amongst small kitchens. These appear as a hallway-like layout, with two parallel sets of kitchen units. This allows the user to move around the kitchen more, whilst making food preparation easier. This design style benefits from removing upper cabinetry and replacing it with open shelving, creating a more open space and, if stacked mindfully, can act as a design staple.

Horseshoe shaped kitchens are another popular design. Within this design, kitchen counters are arranged in a U-shape – allowing for a larger, more versatile working space. This works best for kitchens that have a wider space to work with, and also offers more counter space and under-counter storage. Similarly to Galley kitchen styles, it may be best to remove upper cabinetry and create your own – either with shelving, or perhaps a single bar running around the wall, from which utensils can be hung.

Having a smaller kitchen size certainly does not mean that you’re restricted in design choices – it just means that you’ll need to explore different ideas and design inspiration whilst making necessary adaptations. Here at Contour, our design team can help you to really make the most out of your kitchen – no matter the size or shape that you’re working with. Come and visit us in store to view our showroom, or speak to one of our consultants.

New Kitchen Trends for 2019 - as Featured in Multiple Newspapers

New Kitchen Trends for 2019 - as Featured in Multiple Newspapers

At Contour, we’re already thinking about what’s new in kitchen design for 2019. Our creative director, Rachael Burgess, has recently spoken to a multitude of regional publications including the Newcastle Journal, the Birmingham Mail, the Liverpool Echo, Leicester Mercury, the Gloucestershire Echo and more, to provide her top kitchen design tips for the coming year.

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Rachael predicts that industrial style will remain very much in vogue over the next 12 months. Our showroom features concrete as one of the most popular finishes – and we’ll be pairing this with steel doors in our 2019 collection. Rachael also told how olive green is set to be one of 2019’s new colours – which pairs well with Northern American Hardwood. Veined worktops are also likely to continue in popularity – including quartz, composite and Corian. At Contour, our showroom includes Corian, Silestone, Dekton and Granit – high quality materials that give the kitchen a premium feel. Concealment, another popular trend, involves covering up appliances and kitchen equipment, allowing for a minimalistic and uncluttered finish.

The trend focused feature has been helpful in providing other kitchen design tips – based on predicted styles. Bold and interesting kitchens are also on the rise, with greys and darker blue shades still being widely used. These look great with clean, contemporary work surfaces and can be incorporated as part of a kitchen island, cabinetry or even appliances. Considering the use of space is important when deciding on colour palettes. If you have a larger space to work with, bolder and darker colours can work well – particularly in well-lit areas. For more enclosed spaces, vibrant shades for accessories, such as lighting and kitchen gadgets, tend to work well.

Lighter colour palettes are also likely to be an increasing trend, since they tend to make kitchen spaces appear larger. Many surfaces and textures reflect light and so, if using a light colour palette, this can really work to brighten the area. Furthermore, a blend of several light shades creates a sophisticated and relaxed environment. Contrasting colours, too, are set to see an increase in popularity, so this is a great opportunity to combine light and dark colour palettes.

Interesting textures are also a growing trend. 2019 will likely see a shift towards natural textures, colours and materials - including bronze, burnt brass and timber. Contrasting textures will add an interesting yet modern feel to the kitchen, with metal finishes softening industrial style kitchens.

Since the kitchen is increasingly becoming the heart of the home and a place to socialise, islands remain ever popular. These are spaces where multiple people can cook together, or sit around and eat. It’s a good idea to an use an island as the focal point by adding in a  pop of colour or interesting textures. Islands and peninsulas are ideal places to socialise; so incorporating some comfortable bar stools and stylish furniture pieces such as  a wine cabinet is a good way to create an inviting space for guests.

Here at Contour, we’re passionate about combining the latest trends with your preferences to create a unique yet stylish area that’s right for you. Click here to see some of our previous projects. We’ve also featured in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine; see here for some more kitchen design tips.

Our Suppliers... Who We Use and Why

Our Suppliers... Who We Use and Why

The Contour showroom features a whole range of products supplied by luxury brands, such as Gaggenau, Leicht and Siemens. We like to use suppliers that produce high quality products, offer a highly efficient service and whose designs have innovation in mind. All the suppliers we work with are passionate about supporting the product user – an important part of our aftercare policy. We also ensure that all our suppliers’ products are made with superior materials so that we provide our customers with the highest quality materials and the longest-lasting appliances.

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Leicht, founded in 1928, is a furniture brand that we have chosen to incorporate in our kitchen showroom. It offers high quality cabinetry with designs that are stylish yet timeless, fitting in with our own visions here at Contour. We also like to use Dekton, Sensa Granit and Silestone surfaces in our showrooms, which are provided to us by Cossentino. These materials are of superior quality and are versatile in colour, adding a unique touch to the home. We work with Cossentino not only because it distributes distinctive, innovative worktops, but also because it’s always at the forefront of surface technology.

Gaggenau, one of the most premium brands we work with, prides itself on manufacturing products to an exceptional standard – and has been doing so since 1683. This is thanks to expert craftspeople carrying out quality control checks by hand for each and every product before they’re sold. This way, no imperfections can be missed before the product is installed into the kitchens of homeowners. With dishwashers that slide effortlessly back into the kitchen cabinet and customisable cooking tops, Gaggenau’s appliances are sleek and seamless, and can be tailored to fit your needs and preferences. These innovations are the closest you can find to professional cookware designed for the home. Gaggenau is also the first brand to create a steam oven for the domestic market.

We also choose to work with Siemens, another brand, whose products are kept up-to-date with the latest technology. This reflects Siemens’s goal of making cooking easier and faster for the user. Its products cleverly allow the user to control multiple appliances through Home Connect, which links appliances to the user’s smartphone or tablet.

Neff, another one of our quality suppliers, is renowned for creating products with easy functionality and exceptional customer service. Popular amongst home bakers, Neff products have been seen on cookery shows such as the Great British Bake Off which features their ‘hide and slide’ ovens; the doors of which intelligently slide underneath the product to save space – perfect for smaller kitchens, wheelchair users or people who simply wish to manoeuvre around their oven more easily.

Bora, renowned for its ability to create multifunctional gas and induction hobs, create sleek, minimalistic and ergonomic products that act as both a cook top and extractor in one. The Bora Venting Hobs achieve this effortlessly, meaning that there is no need for the user to install a bulky extractor. These venting hobs also help to keep the kitchen smelling fresh, eliminating odours as soon as they leave the pan.

Quooker is a brand that we are proud to work with, and which created the first tap to dispense boiling water at 100 degrees celsius. Dutch made and beautifully engineered, these taps eradicate risks associated with kettles. They also use much less energy, and so are more beneficial for the environment.

Our showroom showcases worktops and dining furniture manufactured by Danish designers, Spevka. Since being established in 1968, Spevka has become a leading worktop manufacturer which never distributes products that are anything short of high quality, taking pride in their craftsmanship. We particularly like Spevka worktops because they offer unique, natural surface textures that fit beautifully alongside our ethos of offering uncomplicated designs.

Ultimately, our suppliers’ values match ours, and this is why we’ve chosen to integrate their products into our showrooms.

 

How to Pick the Kitchen Company That's Right for You

How to Pick the Kitchen Company That's Right for You

If you’ve recently thought about designing or upgrading your kitchen, you’re probably aware of the vast array of kitchen companies out there to choose from. Whilst it’s great that there are so many experts available to help you design your dream kitchen, it can be overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which company to go for – especially as the kitchen is the heart of the home. Some of you are no doubt contemplating designing your own, but this can be a huge risk, considering most homeowners lack the expert knowledge needed to fit a well-functioning, well-balanced kitchen. Hiring a kitchen designer, therefore, is highly recommended; however, choosing the right one for you can be a challenge.

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Planning is key. After researching some options, write down what it is that you want from your new kitchen, as well as the kitchen company that will design and build it for you. Narrowing down your preferences and needs with regards to your specific kitchen will ultimately help you to fine-tune the kitchen company that’s right for you. A company who is willing to help you in the planning process is also something to consider, especially if you’re struggling with deciding on what it is that you want.

Choosing a long established kitchen company with a great track record is essential, since this will ensure that you’re provided with expert advice and high quality products. Having a look at the company website for testimonials, reviews and past projects is a great way to discover the true value of a company. This way, you’ll gain a visual insight into the kind of styles that the company specialises in – and decide whether they align with the styles that you’re after. You might also decide to go a step further and contact previous clients of a company you’re interested in. Additionally, looking for evidence of credentials, specialist training and licensing will help to ensure that you’re choosing a legitimate company.

Finding a company that listens to your wants and needs and is willing to tailor their advice to you is always a good start. Visiting a kitchen company in-store and speaking to a design consultant can be the best way to get a true feel for how flexible the company is with regards to tailoring their designs to your specification. Additionally, it’s worth considering that you’ll be consulting with these people throughout the whole process – so it pays to pick a company that you feel you can work with. Visiting in store is also a great chance to ask for extra design examples of previous work that has been carried out. Moreover, seeing the products in a showroom will give you an idea of the practicality of the products on offer, allowing you to check that functionality matches up to aesthetics.

If a kitchen company has a good track record, good reviews from previous clients and credentials/specialist training, then you’re already off to a great start. To speak to one of our design consultants, come and visit us in store.

We’ve Been Added to an Elite Honours List!

We’ve Been Added to an Elite Honours List!

Here at Contour, we’re delighted to reveal that we’ve been inducted into an elite industry honour roll – Cosentino’s Elite Honours List.

Cosentino is a worldwide interiors manufacturer, producing high-quality ceramic surfaces and – having been added to the list – we’ll be joining the ranks of a select few elite kitchen studios.

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The Cosentino judges looked at our sales, personal feedback and studio experience before coming to a decision, with Cosentino’s Laura Davie saying: “They are the crème de la crème of our very best Elite Premium Studios, and you can’t get much better than that. They have been selected thanks to their unfailing loyalty to Cosentino and their amazing customer service – they work with fabulous high-end projects and are fantastic ambassadors of our Silestone, Dekton and Sensa surfaces”.

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Our Creative Director, Rachael Burgess said of being added to the list: “It’s a great honour for Contour to be recognised in such a way. We’re very proud of the work we do, very proud to work with Cosentino and very proud to be inducted into such a prized roll of elite studios.”

To celebrate being added to the list, Cosentino invited us to dinner at the Le Manoir Aux Quat’saisons in Oxford, which proved to be a lovely occasion at an excellent venue with delicious food.

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To find out more about what we can offer and to hear more about our work with Cosentino, why not pop into our studio? Or you, of course, you can get in touch with us via our contact page.

I Want a New Kitchen... Where Do I Start?

I Want a New Kitchen... Where Do I Start?

If you’re looking to re-design your kitchen area, it’s important that you take care to plan it properly – especially if you have a clear idea of what you want it to look like. Additionally,  planning thoroughly can help the designer to have a deep understanding of what you’re after, as well as preventing any mistakes.

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The first thing to do is to take a look at your current kitchen and write down everything that you like and dislike. From aesthetics to functionality, you can be as specific as you like – after all, you’re starting afresh and so this is the perfect opportunity to filter out anything that doesn’t work for you.

The next step is to take the list of things you like and turn them in to a wish list. Pinpoint styles, colours and design preferences, and don’t forget to add in less obvious features like storage space, worktop space and flooring – these will vary according to factors such as the amount of people who will use your kitchen. Whilst writing your wish list, it’s a good idea to take inspiration from various platforms.

The first source of inspiration is by taking a look at other kitchens and noticing what you like about them. Whether you choose to visit some of your friends’ homes or come and look at our showroom, you can take inspiration from brands that you like and perhaps haven’t considered before, as well as colour schemes and items that you might find useful. Looking at kitchen magazines is also a great idea and will offer a range of different design ideas and themes.

If you’ve not tried these before, you might want to consider using creative platforms such as Pinterest and Houzz to grasp ideas from. After typing in a search term, such as ‘kitchen design ideas’, these sites will come up with endless images featuring design inspiration that others have uploaded. You can be as specific as you like – whether you type in ‘modern kitchen design’ or ‘country kitchen design’, there are thousands of results for you to gather together and turn into an ideas book. Houzz in particular is great for this since it’s specifically aimed at home renovations.

Next, it’s important to create a budget so that you know what’s realistically achievable within your kitchen design. Also, bringing a budget to a designer will help them to find the best solutions within your price parameters.

It’s strongly recommended that when thinking about re-designing your kitchen, you think about hiring a kitchen designer to help. This will allow for a safer building process, as well as saving you time on all stages of the process. Additionally, their expert knowledge will help you to build a kitchen that both looks great, and does what it should do. You’ll also be exposed to more options and variety.

If you do decide to hire a kitchen designer, make sure to take along your ideas boards (Pinterest or Houzz) as well as your wish list to consultations so that they can gain a real understanding of what you want your new kitchen to look like. To book in a consultation with one of our designers, come and visit us in store or get in touch.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our sales designer, Jon, tells us about his day-to-day role at Contour.

What is your name and role at Contour? I’m Jon Howes – a sales designer responsible for customer-facing operations, which range from initial contact and design through to the full completion of projects.

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Tell us about your background and how you got to where you are now. I have previously worked in furniture design and design management, as well as design education. I have worked in the home interior decorations and renovation industry since the late 1990s.

What are your favourite parts of the job? I thoroughly enjoy interacting with a wide variety of people, including the people I work with on a daily basis as well as customers. I also have a passion for producing designs and services that exceed the expectations of the client, in addition to seeing jobs that I have worked hard for being completed.

What are your dislikes of the job? Tasks being left unfinis….(!)

Tell us about your favourite kitchen project that you’ve worked on. I really enjoy working on projects where the client is open to creative suggestions, as well as being willing to interact with the design process. This ultimately means that the kitchen has a little detail, interest and spark with a touch of individuality that makes it delightfully unique.

Tell us about the strangest kitchen request you’ve ever had? There’s nothing too irrational to report, unfortunately!

Do you have any top kitchen tips when re-designing or re-furbishing a kitchen? I would recommend keeping your colour palette simple. Don’t try to do too much with it, and avoid using too many textures. Colour-matching your walls to the cabinets can also work very well. It’s also important not to underestimate the value of planning. At Contour we can help you with this – but your input is the most important. And most of all, have fun! Most people only do this once every 20+ years. It’s your space for you to enjoy!