Bringing the Outdoors In
If you’re thinking about a kitchen refresh, summer is the ideal time to transform the heart of the home. Bringing the outdoors in is the season’s hottest home trend, guaranteed to increase the feeling of open space, as well as letting in natural light every day, making your garden more accessible during the summer months. Take a look at our handy tips to integrate some of your immediate surroundings into your kitchen design…
Begin by adding bunches of fresh herbs to create pockets of greenery around the room – you can also use your home-grown herbs in your cooking. You don’t have to have green fingers to get started; all you need is a few small plant pots and space which gets lots of sunshine – a windowsill is ideal, or you can even use wall mounts and hanging baskets. Alternatively, go bigger and bolder with a potted tree or two into your kitchen – fishtail palms or rubber plants are great indoors and produce some impressive foliage.
If you want to nail two trends on the head – outdoor living and open-plan – install large patio doors for an elongated multi-functional space. It expands the kitchen, brings in plenty of natural light and makes warm weather entertaining even easier. Choose from French windows, bi-fold, sliding or pocket door to suit both your kitchen style and budget. Simple details such as picking similar flooring for the kitchen and on the outside patio will link the two to create a cohesive flow, especially if they run flush from inside out – just make sure to pick tiles that withstand all weathers.
Another popular option is to install a multi-functional island near the doors, complete with inbuilt appliances so that the chef can cook with a view! And adding seating at the end closest to the garden means that diners can enjoy the best of both worlds, especially when the doors are open.
Start from scratch
For a completely fresh look, fully embrace summer 2018 with a brand new kitchen. For an update on open-plan kitchens, look towards a broken-plan layout. It’s essentially an open plan design with a freestanding shelf unit or raised breakfast bar to create a sense of separation, subtly zoning the living and cooking spaces into two distinct areas. Stoneham’s latest collection, Diffuse, achieves this look especially well, with its contemporary accents and fluid, adaptable design.