Have you just moved to a great house here in Cornwall, but need to renovate? Or perhaps you’re preparing to get your Cornish property sold and want to achieve the best price? Either way, if you’re interested in new kitchen trends you’ll want to have a read of this!
As Cornish property experts, we’re keenly aware of how fundamental kitchens are to our buyers and sellers. Always the heart of the home, in recent years our kitchens have become the main stage of family life – often doubling up as a school room, home office or workout space!
A question we often get asked by people looking to sell their home with us in the future, is whether they should invest in a new kitchen before bringing their property to market. The answer depends on the kind of buyer the property might appeal to; some buyers will be looking for a turnkey property, others will prefer to put their own stamp on the decor.
One piece of advice we’d give renovators is not to be too slavish to the latest trends as they might not appeal to all potential buyers. We’ve highlighted below the design elements that we think have longevity and broad appeal.
The colour question!
A key trend is for more colour in kitchens, with deep colours of green and blue currently most in vogue. We love this trend – it can be made to work in kitchens of all shapes and sizes and looks especially good when accessorised with brass or gold handles and taps or contrasted with light marble worktops.
Two-tone kitchens are also very popular and are a great way of introducing feature colours and textures in your kitchen cabinetry without taking the plunge on the whole design!
If you want to play it a bit safer with colour, we suggest a more neutral scheme with a larder or pantry (see below), or failing that a feature wall painted in a favourite shade. That way if your potential buyers hate that particularly colour they’ll be able to easily visualize a change.
Natural materials and sustainability
This is one trend which isn’t going anywhere in our opinion! Earthier tones for cabinetry and wood-effect finishes on floors and worktops can be styled in many ways. It can look sleek and contemporary, chic and Scandi, or rustic and homely.
Recycled worktops, eco-friendly flooring and energy-efficient appliances are all positive environmental choices which will appeal to buyers. Complete the look with sculptural pendant lights in organic shapes – perfect for open-plan living spaces.
Decluttering and clever storage
We’ve spent so much time at home recently that decluttering has become a habit! Especially if a kitchen doubles as a living or work space, clever storage is essential.
In recent years the pantry or larder has made a big comeback. In larger properties this may be a walk-in space – the stuff of dreams! This trend for larder space reflects the amount of time we’ve spent at home, giving us the impetus for kitchen projects which demand a bit more space, like breadmaking, pasta rolling or pickling and preserving.
Smaller homes can still get in on this trend with a bespoke or ready-made larder. Integrating small appliances, like microwaves and toasters, into these pieces of kitchen furniture can really help to declutter surfaces.
Make it happen! Here’s our round-up of great independent kitchen stores here in Cornwall:
Treyone, Liskeard and Truro
Treyone’s showrooms feature a cross-section of inspiring kitchen styles. Each kitchen is bespoke and custom-made – and certainly made to last!
Now Kitchens, Helston
Now Kitchens offer kitchens by British company Masterclass Kitchens, from modern designs with dark colours and statement metallics, to traditional Shaker kitchens for coastal homes.
Wadebridge Kitchens, Wadebridge
Wadebridge Kitchens, based in the popular Cornish town of Wadebridge, is an established creative family business specialising in quality fitted kitchens, with many styles and colours available.
Kitchen Hub, Falmouth
Kitchen Hub offer designer kitchens to suit all budgets with kitchen experts on hand to help you choose and even customise paint colours, handles and worktops. They have a lovely selection of bathroom furniture too.
Mor Interiors, Truro
Mor Interiors have recently revamped their fantastic showroom in Truro to showcase designs to suit everyone. Expect a warm welcome and over 15 years experience in kitchens and bathrooms.
The Kitchen Studio, Newquay
Based in Newquay, The Kitchen Studio provides a one stop shop for all kitchen needs in their beautiful showroom.