Q: What’s your favourite thing about being a kitchen designer?
A: I think my favourite thing would be the fact that each kitchen and customer is completely different – every project is exciting and comes with its own unique challenges. I also absolutely love people and so dealing one-to-one with clients is a hugely fun part of my job. Most importantly though, each new project means another opportunity for me to do what I love most – designing!
Q: Is there a particular project you’ve worked on or a client you’ve worked with recently that really stands out for you?
A: Gosh, I have loved every single one of my latest projects/clients! I joke with my colleagues that I want to become best friends with some of my customers! The kitchen that I entered for the Young Designer Award would definitely be up at the top of the list in terms of design as it was a huge room needing a lot to fill it, including 4 single ovens, 2 dishwashers and plenty of storage as per the customer’s request. They also wanted a gorgeous bar area, fireplace storage, extra larders and a utility all to match the kitchen. The kitchen units were in a finish that wasn’t as common as other colours normally chosen by our customers and it all looked absolutely breathtaking in the end!
I would also have to say that the kitchen I designed for a young couple about the same age as me would also be up there too – it was my second choice for the award entry. They wanted pocket doors, wifi-connect ovens and a really gorgeous combination of colours (dark grey, dark wood & concrete) to create a more industrial look and feel so it was a really interesting and fun design to work on with a couple who felt just like friends!
Q: Where do you get your inspiration from when designing a new kitchen project?
A: It’s hard to say – having worked in kitchen design for 6 years I think I have just accumulated a catalogue of ideas and colour ways that are now banked in my head! I love using websites like Pinterest, visits to shows like KBB or manufacturers’ showrooms plus interior design programs on TV (Changing Rooms’ was my favourite TV show as a child!). It also helps working with other amazing designers whom I can bounce ideas off and ask for help if I’m struggling with a space – we make a great team!
Q: What kitchen trends should we be looking out for in 2019?
A: Blues are very popular at the moment, be both light and dark, however I think dark greens will be the next big trend – or at least I hope they will! I’m also predicting that metallic colours will become a big thing for 2019 too. There are some gorgeous oxidised/rusted coppers and irons out there!
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without in your own kitchen?
A: I’d have to say the Quooker boiling hot water tap in terms of appliances (especially with a new born baby!) or clever storage solutions like pull-out larders.