As a new term at school begins and the weather turns chilly, it’s the perfect time to start planning a new kitchen. Now that the season of barbecues and alfresco eating is pretty much over, we turn our attention to cosy evenings in, weekends spent baking with the family and giving our homes a warm, inviting feeling. With this in mind, this month we take a look at autumnal looks for kitchens.
It’s all very well swooning over the large open-plan kitchens with generously sized appliances that we see online and in magazines. But in reality, many of us have the challenge of kitting out a more compact space. It may be that you have a period property with separate kitchen and dining room, a new-build with a small kitchen layout or a city centre apartment with an open kitchen-living area that needs space-saving solutions.
Now that summer has officially started, we can look forward to alfresco dining, barbecues on the patio and maybe even entertaining family and friends indoors too. When it comes to serving up a glass or two of wine, having a dedicated wine cabinet makes things a whole lot easier. Wine is chilled to perfection and preserved in optimum condition. So whether you and your guests are connoisseurs of a good white, red or rosé, you can rest assured it will taste sublime.
For many buyers, choosing a range cooker is not just about its features, functions and how it performs. For many people it’s all about the colour too. Some want their cooker to provide a statement appliance within the kitchen, contrasting boldly with the cabinetry, work surfaces and overall colour scheme. Others prefer a more subtle approach with a neutral tone that blends in.
When you’re looking for the very best in terms of range cooker quality, build and performance, you are spoilt for choice as not only are there so many options for a Rangemaster but there are also different fuels, colours, features and functions with a Falcon range cooker too.
I do love a new colour palette, so when Rangemaster announced it was introducing three new colourways to many of its range cooker models, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store. The brand-new Earth collection is inspired by the natural world and is designed to bring a feeling of the outside, in. A blurring of boundaries between inside and out if you will; and a trend that has become ever-more popular with interiors of late, as homeowners seek to give their spaces a sense of peace, tranquility and well-being.
The way we use our homes has changed dramatically over the last year. As more of us work from home while possibly also juggling the needs of home schooling the children, our kitchens have had to become multifunctional spaces that provide a space for many different activities. As well as preparing and cooking food, eating, relaxing and entertaining (when permitted), kitchens now also need to be places of quiet, concentration and creativity for home workers as well as children and their online virtual learning.
Whether you’re planning a whole new kitchen or simply updating the heart of your home, it’s always an exciting time to choose new appliances, especially with so many sizes and options available. Before you start selecting your must-have tools, you need to know about an important change to energy labels and ratings that will help you choose the perfect set-up for your new kitchen.
We’re all optimistic that this year is going to be a lot better than last and with the UK currently in its third lockdown, now is the perfect time to start planning that dream kitchen.
It couldn’t have come at a better time. As the country reels from its first lockdown and heads towards a winter of uncertainty, what we all need right now is a virtual hug from The Great British Bake Off team. Thank goodness Channel 4 saw a way to make it happen, despite the current circumstances, as the show’s production staff, cast, crew and contestants all lived in a self-contained bubble for six weeks over the summer in order to film safely.