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Three design experts to give us their tips on this year’s kitchen styles

Playful: Jordan and Russell's gorgeous The Rise Collection kitchen

Cool curves and colour

Curves and strip lighting will be on the menu for 2019, say Metro’s resident House Doctors Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, founders of 2LG Studio: ‘Kitchens need to work harder than ever these days,’ Jordan and Russell say. ‘They are no longer spaces for only prepping food and eating, but also for work — so many businesses have begun and thrived around the kitchen table — and play for the family. Kitchens are life.

‘We designed our kitchen to be a multifunctional live/work space — or love/work space, as we like to call it. It is both the heart of our home and the space we work from as designers. No one was doing the curves that we wanted, so we designed this kitchen with striking, arched cabinetry and fluted glass for John Lewis of Hungerford. The arches lift the spirit and give a playfulness to the space. We have been designing with pink for years and now it has become a new neutral in interiors. The lights we designed with Cameron Design House make strip lights sexy again and add a disruptive modern edge to the softness of the space and the Victorian architecture of the house.

‘The worktop is a new cloudburst concrete-effect, man-made, quartz material by Caesarstone and the stunning floors are wide, washed oak planks by Havwoods. The table is bespoke, made from marbled concrete and resin and designed by us in collaboration with the incredible artist Olivia Aspinall. A kitchen is a space worth saving for — do it right and it will have such a positive effect on your life.’

The Rise Collection is priced from £35,000,

Midas touch

Opulent and functional, this high-arc single-lever solid brass mixer tap in gold has a handy pullout hose.

■ US$95.99 (£75),

The dark side

Colour me pretty: Dark colours will inject atmosphere and modernity

Dark kitchens are big in 2019. But navy blues and greens are set to be the new black, says deVOL’s creative director, Helen Parker: ‘Dark kitchens are atmospheric and stylish and can offer a modern feel to a traditional kitchen. Shaker cupboards work well with all kinds of interiors, creating a beautifully made canvas. The simplicity of the design allows it to span fashions as it can be repainted and re-accessorised if you want a change.

‘We have fitted Shaker kitchens into churches, lofts, warehouses, grand country homes and tiny cottages, but it’s the way you dress the room and choose your hardware and worktops that gives the kitchen a character suited to its surroundings.

‘This kitchen (pictured) is painted in our own Pantry Blue, which is becoming staggeringly popular — so we have introduced more dark colours to give our customers plenty of choice, including another dark blue and a dark green, and the pure black.

‘Concrete is quite edgy and can transform a room — we love to see it as a worktop. We also love aged or antiqued brass which works perfectly with an old vintage pantry cupboard, an industrial light or a battered leather sofa.

‘An original, exposed brick wall is a lucky find and should be used whenever you dare to.’

The Real Shaker Kitchen, from £12,000,

Go potty

Classic, enamel teapots in bold hues are perfect for a kitchen shelfie, as well as your morning cuppa.

■ £22,

It’s a sign

This Pepsi Cola vintage enamel-style is cool and industrial.

■ £6.95,

Rustic touch

Antique brass and dark paint colours are a swoon-worthy kitchen match.

■ Tre Mercati French classic mono bridge sink mixer, £189.95,

Natural selection

Inject a hint of modern, rustic charm with the Croft Collection Kyla bar stool, in light oak.

■ £99,

Art glass

French-style, fluted glass shades add a chic touch over an island unit, especially in threes.

■ Petit Paris pendant light, £33,

Full-on formica

So sleek: Formica-faced plywood doors are so much sexier than MDF or chipboard

Interiors are heading back to the 1970s, so give your kitchen a fab Formica makeover says Tim Diacon of Plykea: ‘Plywood and Formica are bang on trend right now. But how do you update your kitchen on a budget, without ripping it all out and starting again?

‘While renovating my own house, I loved the look of birch ply, and yet there was nothing affordable on the market. I had previously installed an Ikea kitchen and knew the cabinets were great quality, so I turned to my friend and furniture designer Adam Vergette to make some replacement doors. We spotted a gap in the market and soon after Plykea was born.

‘Most kitchen fronts on the market are made from MDF or chipboard, which are very cheap materials, and then laminated. We liked the honesty of plywood, with its exposed ply edges created as multiple layers and glued together. We offer a range of materials from birch, oak and walnut to tough, non-porous Formica and Fenix — which has been billed ‘‘the smart material of interior design’’ as it is heat-resistant, water-repellent, hygienic, easy to clean and has a fingerprint-resistant surface.

‘This beautiful Scandi-style kitchen (pictured) features Formica-faced plywood doors in Crystal White F3091, with our recessed handles, plus a Formica worktop paired with a polished concrete island worktop and whitewashed floorboards.

‘For us, it’s all about the materials. Formica is available in more than 100 colours, so you can create a totally unique kitchen and our spacer panels offer the look of bespoke cabinets when in fact they are still Ikea cabinets. We also find people often come to us so they can save the money they need to get the expensive appliances they want.’

■ Typical minimum order from £1,000,

Mellow yellow

Be bold with lighting choices — like this gloss yellow Jackson pendant light.

■ £59,

Tile files

A wall of gorgeous pink tiles is bang on trend for a 21st century kitchen.

■ Artisau gloss pink tiles, £72.80 per sq m,

Green light

Vibrant jade green paint is invigorating for a multifunctional live/work kitchen space. FTT-012 matt emulsion, £24.15 for 1 litre,

Colour story

Choose colourful kitchen accessories that can be swapped if you fancy a change.

■ Retro Yellow four-slice toaster, £40,

Wood stuff

Accents of wood like this Panda square chopping board made from bamboo will warm up an all-white kitchen.


Switched on

Get a luxe look on a budget by swapping white plastic light switches for B&Q’s Varilight two-way, brushed gold-effect dimmer switches.

£12 each,

First blush

This Dahlia dining chair in Blossom Pink velvet will add a pretty accent to kitchens.


White stuff

No budget for real wood floors? The Series Woods Professional 12mm laminate flooring in Brilliant White Oak is a great option.

■ £17.99 per sq m,