Leading interior designers and kitchen lifestyle experts, Brandt Design, explain the philosophy behind the latest trend in kitchen interiors that embraces the virtues of ‘Sensitive Design’: a room scheme which is carefully tailored to an individual home and lifestyle, in order to create a truly supportive and beautifully customised home environment.
With a growing focus on the home of late, it’s no surprise that kitchen design is evolving to encompass a new level of specialisation with versatile, feel-good spaces which are created with the intention to support the needs of the household 24/7.
As the kitchen increasingly serves as a working chef, home office, meeting room, dining and entertaining space, bespoke designs are catering to a new level of luxury with a wealth of materials and finishes lending themselves to a space which serves your family’s needs.
Julia Steadman, Commercial Director at Brandt Design takes this month to guide you through the core elements of contemporary living so you can benefit from the latest advances in sensitive kitchen design:
MOOD: Wellness has become an inherent part of the modern interior with customers actively wanting to evoke a particular mood or ambience in their home. We are finding that in line with TrendBible’s analysis that the desire for calmtainment is growing, so that homeowners can enjoy a soothing oasis on their return home with bespoke fitted furniture and a real feeling of effortless flow from kitchen to dining and living areas. As the kitchen is often a place to decompress with a cuppa or a glass of something stronger, it makes sense to specify colours and materials which will ground and nurture family life. Take inspiration from the natural world with fitted wooden kitchen furniture to evoke comfort as well as ensuring instant serenity by taking care of all your storage needs. We are finding that colour psychology is becoming an increasingly important element of enhancing wellbeing so opting for a bespoke painted kitchen is a great way of ensuring that you can have your units painted to your personalised palette.
ARCHITECTURE: It has become much easier for commercial properties to be converted into residential ones since government policy changed in 2015 so designers are increasingly working hand in hand with homeowners to co-create new kitchens to suit a new generation of character properties. Thanks to the rich diversity of housing stock in the UK we are seeing that property developers are bringing new life to former schools, university buildings and even municipal offices as part of the UK’s nationwide commitment to renewal and redevelopment. This means that homeowners are now appreciating the importance of kitchen styles which will enhance the architecture of their home whether that might be a contemporary urban dynamic or more of a classic in-frame look. Designer details including metallic handles, accent lighting and supersize feature splashbacks are simple and effective ways to add glamour and utility.
Julia says, “We are increasingly moving away from the concept of a standard kitchen or even a standard property as personalisation comes to the fore. Creative design is set to become a mainstay of the family home going forwards as the design and building community tackles the shortage of family homes alongside the need for sustainable development in line with Government planning and carbon reduction.”
LIFESTYLE PLANNING: The premium market is responding to the desire for a flexible forever home which can encompass children living at home for longer as well as the pressures faced by the sandwich generation as mid-lifers support older relatives and their adult children. Hidden bootrooms, high-spec utility zones and designed-in custom storage for living areas and bedrooms are all practical solutions to enhance your home’s adaptability to the changing seasons of your life and to ensure that the household runs smoothly.
Brandt Design offer unrivalled expertise in delivering luxurious furniture to meet the needs of the individual, with prices for its classic Heritage and modern Urban furniture starting from £25,000 +vat. The company also has its own fabrication facility where it makes worktops to order, including stone-effect quartz, solid surface, granite and wood.