Kitchens are no longer the functional, unloved rooms they once were; they are now the hub of the modern home and a place for families to converge after a busy day apart or catch up with friends whilst rustling up something to eat. Whatever its purpose, kitchens are a focal point reflecting the home owner’s characteristics and personality and, with a wider variety of materials, colours, lighting etc., than ever before, choosing the right kitchen at the right price is paramount to the average consumer.
Unlike many other purchases in a home, the purchase of a new kitchen is one that won’t be rushed. With a vast amount of information at our fingertips, looking around for inspiration, design ideas and value for money is no longer an option but a core part of the buying process.
This year the style emphasis is moving back to nature with the use of natural materials like slate, stone and quartz becoming popular complemented by black kitchen worktops adding a touch of elegance and sophistication.
2014 Top 5 styles include:
- Glass front kitchen doors: creating illusion of space, light and adding depth to a kitchen
- Bold kitchen door colours: Creating a contrast by mixing plain kitchen doors and using on feature walls
- Black kitchen worktops: This timeless classic oozes sophistication and style
- Black and white interiors: Creating the ultimate in minimalistic white walls with white units and black feature wall
- Handle-less doors: Continues to be popular giving a minimalistic look and feel
Steve Larkin of Lark and Larks adds: “2014 is an exciting year for designs. Whilst white kitchens continue to be popular, this year is seeing a move towards natural colours and materials used alongside subtle or rich dark colours.
One of the most fashionable shades we’ve seen for this year is denim blue. We think this is going to be really popular and is suited to painted kitchen units. When used with exposed brickwork, rustic floors or wooden worktops, the look is really impressive.”
Since its launch over 11 years ago, Lark and Larks has become one of the early pioneers of online websites offering high street brands at affordable prices. With the tightening of personal finances, Lark and Larks’ approach means that a branded top of the range kitchen is within reach of the average consumer.
Adds Steve: “Since the introduction of the internet, consumers have become much more adept at looking for price match comparisons online before committing to a purchase.
“Once people know the product they want, they know they can look for alternatives, which is often when people find our site.”
From kitchens to bedrooms, larkandlarks.co.uk has a comprehensive range of well known brands of kitchen doors, replacement kitchen doors, worktops, lighting accessories and much more – all made to measure beating the average high street price between 40 and 60%; all available to see on Lark and Larks’ intuitive, easy to use site.
“Over the years we’ve worked hard to build the business into what it is today. Our emphasis on quality, service and price is reflected in everything we do which is backed up by customer testimonials from satisfied customers, not only on our site but on independent sites such as checkatrade.com.
“We work on many different budgets from the smaller end to the larger end; one of our highlights over the 11 years was the refurbishing of kitchens at the world renowned Tante Marie cookery school owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.” concludes Steve.