1. THINK IN KITCHEN-DINING
As we move towards more relaxed kitchens, often embracing a more laidback and mismatched look that moves seamlessly between indoors and out, the practical and hardworking tressle table has really come into its own. On the high street, we love this one from the Gray and Willow range at House of Fraser which retails at £499, but there also some lovely new designs this season at Heal's and Marks & Spencer.

 

 

2. GO DARK AS YOU DARE
There’s a beautiful contrast between darker cabinetry and lighter floors and walls, a multi-layered mood, two-tone look that looks so fresh right now for all interiors, but especially in kitchens. Pictured here is the Nickleby Kitchen from Humphrey Munson, as featured in our November issue. It is priced from £30,000.

 

 

3. GET GRAPHIC
Striking tile patterns on floors and walls are instantly eye-catching and will add real personality to your overall look, and Moorish patterns in blues, greys and greens are the scene stealers of the moment. Try the Retro collection from Surface Tiles which consists of nine patterns of 200x200mm tiles offered as a random assortment in a palette or muted blue, off white and grey. For stockists see domusgroup.com.

 

 

4. EMBRACE FREESTANDING
The backlash against fitted kitchens continues, with modular furniture offering a new flexibility in modern kitchens that can be combined for a more eclectic look. This Joyce cabinet is from Pinch and priced from £5,995, but you can find similar modular pantry and larder pieces at Habitat, House of Fraser and Laura Ashley.

 

 

5. LITTLE DETAILS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
It doesn’t take much to add some look-at-me style to your kitchen with a splashback in a richly veined marble. Coppers, golds, mottled stones and textured tiles are all right on-trend and we love this bespoke splashback in book matched lavender marble by Martin Moore kitchens.

 

 

6. SPOTLIGHT ON LIGHTING
The smallest additions can be the ones that make all the difference. Seek out industrial or architectural style lighting in unusual metals and be brave with your choices. These bell shaped glass and Portobello glass pendant lights are handblown and the pendant lights in matt chrome and dark bronze add a lovely shimmer of metallic. They are all from a selection at Atkin & Thyme, with prices starting at £89.

 

 

7. MIX AND MATCH
Shop for rustic country kitchen chairs in pretty pastel colours for a sophisticated take on a traditional kitchen look. By keeping the rest of the look minimal, you can create a simple yet elegant contrast, with a nod to the new season (icecream pastels are the hot new colour palette throughout all interiors for 2016). Chairs in coral and stone, set of two, £175 and extendable table, £379, both Marks & Spencer, launching January 2016.

Article by: EKBB