Even with summer completely over and the cold winter months settling in, we’re still so obsessed with creating colourful kitchens. The beautiful rich intense colours of our Ladbroke instantly give us all of the autumnal feels, with dark forest greens and rich walnut timber creating a beautiful cosy feeling.
However, it’s not just darker colour palettes that we’re loving at the moment, as we’ve recently designed some absolutely incredible bright, colourful kitchens. Instinctively, we’d normally gravitate to the darker colours on the spectrum to make the room feel warm and cosy, however recently the colours we have been loving have been the opposite of this.
It’s that time of year when everything starts to change again. The weather gets colder, days get darker, nature starts to turn and homes need to be cosy and warm to battle this weather.
Trends adapt to these changes and are generally based around making your home comfortable and the perfect haven for the colder months. Fabrics get thicker and more luxurious and colours get richer and more intense as the warmer end of the colour spectrum is utilised. Boot rooms come into their own at this time of the year, and are the perfect place to kick off wet, muddy boots and coats after long country walks.
Our latest creation here at the Naked Kitchen showroom has caused quite a stir on social media so far. Expanding our showroom is something we had been planning for quite some time now, so we finally turned our creative ideas into reality, and The Hampton Court Kitchen was created!
An incredible mixture of traditional and modern, this kitchen is so different to anything else we’ve ever created. A beautiful large island houses an innovative BORA downdraft extractor and hob, making cooking an incredibly easy task in this kitchen.
No bulky appliances or extractors mean that the kitchen maintains its soft clean lines which are highlighted even further by the use of the beautiful dusky heartwood colour. The matte black Lapitec worktops are resistant to UV light, acids, alkali, abrasion and everyday wear and tear. The matte black colouring provides an incredible depth and intensity to the room, contrasting beautifully with the bright copper elements in the room.
The copper pendant lights add a beautiful atmospheric light above the island. With no harsh spotlights interrupting the bursts of natural light from the large windows opposite, this kitchen feels beautifully relaxed, open and fresh.
Why not come and check out the kitchen for yourself? Our showroom is based in Norfolk and we’d love for you to come and visit to see our kitchens in the flesh, as well as discover how our kitchens are made in our workshop!
Here at Naked Kitchens, we love to design different styles of kitchens for our clients. We love all styles of kitchen, from compact to open plan large rooms, contemporary to very traditional and everything in between! Recently, we photographed an incredible kitchen which had a very grand feeling to it, and we wanted to celebrate this by giving a few design tips on how to recreate your own grand kitchen.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may know that at the beginning of the year, we provided our showroom to local interiors business Birdie Fortescue as a venue for their spring summer collection photoshoot.
Recently we got in contact again with Birdie, as we knew they needed a location to shoot their autumn/winter campaign, and we’ve just installed some absolutely fabulous new kitchens into our showroom that we thought would be the perfect backdrop!
With our incredible bespoke copper splashback as the backdrop for pink and teal pierced votives, these items are able to take centre stage whilst complimenting the matching colours that have been produced from the hand ageing process.
Our beautiful island with bespoke end grain worktop was the perfect surface for Birdies new collection of linens. Beautiful purple colours combine incredibly with the pink colour of the island. A unique island that has innovative built-in technology, as well as bespoke storage. The copper handles on the island provide an eye catching statement that complements the linens beautifully.
The exclusive artwork that you can find at Birdie’s shops look so incredible against our oak wall, amongst the other beautiful pieces from their latest collection. The matte black Lapitec worktop provides a beautiful contrast against the light, pastel collection making everything stand out even more.
We would love for you to check out Birdie’s products, as we know how beautiful they look in our showroom kitchens, and we know they would look even more beautiful in your own homes!
Photography by Birdie Fortescue
As a kitchen is an investment for many that often takes years to save for, and involves a lot of time, money and often is a very emotional process too- so it’s something you want to get right first time. When working on kitchen designs for customers, we get many different queries from customers about the flow and layout of their kitchen and they often need a lot of guidance on where to place their appliances, whether they need an island, where to place their seating area and many more questions.
So to help answer some of these queries we’ve created a blog series that is going to answer your design questions. The first design topic we’re going to tackle is about islands.
As a professional in the kitchen industry, we are always aiming to widen our audience and one of the ways in which we do this is through the platform Houzz.
Being a part of Houzz also provides the opportunity to be involved in different webinars which have many different topics, including trends and ways to improve your Houzz profile. The most recent webinar that we attended outlined all of the trends that Houzz have predicted for Kitchens in 2018. We thought it would be interesting to let you know what these trends are, and our interpretation of them!
The first main trend highlighted was white kitchens. People are looking for fresh, open spaces and having everything white is a very easy way to do that. White is a colour that evokes an immediate sense of cleanliness, a quality that everyone wants in the hub of their home.
We think that white kitchens are an incredible option. With many people choosing open plan living for their kitchen, by keeping the room as light as possible will make the space feel even more open and large, which is a quality that many people are looking for. We particularly love the Kensington Kitchen we created with 2LG’s, which is finished in Wimbourne White by Farrow and Ball.
Pink is a phenomenon that we just can’t seem to get over in the interiors world! Throughout the years, we’ve gone from baby pinks to bright millennial pinks and just about everything in between, but it seems that 2018 is the year for blush, dusky pink. A beautiful dusky colour, with just the right amount of grey to create a soft, unfocused colour that immediately relaxes the mind.
It might seem like a colour that should be used in the bedroom or living room, rooms that are reserved for relaxing only. However, the kitchen is fast becoming this type of room, and is no longer just a small room for cooking in, meaning blush pink is perfect. A colour that works beautifully on its own, and also looks incredible with a combination of so many different colours. Adding black into the mix gives the pink an edge, whilst mixing pink within a white kitchen keeps the room beautifully fresh and adds a unique element. You don’t need to introduce a large amount of this colour, simply a small injection of pink will provide the lift that your room needs.
There is no doubt that the 2LG’s are some of the coolest interior designers around at the moment. Appearing on numerous TV ad’s, designing the Garden Pod at the Ideal Home Show, and even currently designing their own wallpaper range with Graham and Brown!
Despite the Ideal Home Show at London being all wrapped up now, we can’t stop thinking about the beautiful kitchen we created with Sophie Robinson for the Innovation Home for the exhibition!