Friday, 1 December 2017
It's hard to believe that we're creeping ever closer to 2018 - for many of us at DesignTime, it seems only a short time ago that Spice Girls were in the charts and a flip-phone was the must-have accessory! But for those with an eye to the future, it's time to look forward to what trends 2018 will usher in for the home - in particular, the kitchen. Here are our predictions for kitchens Nottingham and beyond:
Bold accessories on plain backdrops
2017 has been the year of chrome and smart technology, focusing on the evolution of technology for anything from smartphone-connected kettles to 'smart' lighting. As this technology goes from novelty to every day, we predict that kitchen accessories will start to be more about what's on the outside than what your kitchen tech can do.
With a focus on bright, citrusy colours like bold greens and bright lemons for anything from ovens to island seating, white will provide the ideal backdrop for a riot of electronics colours, making your kitchen appear larger and cleaner.
Mismatching fixtures and fittings
The rise of the boho kitchen was a significant trend in 2017 - and we can only see it getting even more prominent in 2018. Pinterest is rife with custom cupboard handles, unique wall textures and beautifully boho accessories like rugs and wall hangings. Think ceramic accessories, handmade pottery and old-fashioned cast iron accessories to imbue your modern kitchen with a subtle touch of the old world.
If you're not into mixing and matching styles, a simple way to jump on these trends is going for a gradient, combining multiple shades of one colour for a more subtle, yet still striking, effect.
More Scandi minimalism
We all know the Scandi trend is going nowhere, and 2018 is going to be a year of light woods, bright interiors and minimalist style. We can feel next year's trend melding with modern minimalism, combining subway tiles with shining gloss surfaces and pale wood flooring with geometric rugs and accessories.
This ever-appealing style is the perfect option for low-maintenance households, providing plenty of space for personality.
Want to get ahead of the 2018 trends? Contact us today to find out how you can bring your kitchen to the cutting edge.
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
When it comes to choosing a design specialist to help create your perfect bedroom, bathroom or kitchen in Nottingham, it's important that you ensure you've got the perfect person for the job. Below, we've listed some criteria to consider for choosing the best specialist for you.
1. Do they see your vision?
When we are designing the perfect interior of our homes, we often have a 'look' in mind and we need to find someone who can help bring that image to life. You need to choose a design specialist who is willing to take on board your vision and work with it, rather than criticise it. A positive relationship will help keep the process fun and help ensure your rooms are transformed into what you've dreamed of.
2. Are they experienced?
Experience is important when it comes to interior design. If someone specialises in Victorian or traditional style kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, then they may not be able to do a great job at helping you create a contemporary style kitchen. Choose a company or specialist that has experience in a wide range of tastes and styles so that you can be sure you're getting someone who knows what they are dealing with.
3. Can they fit your budget?
Everyone has a budget when it comes to designing their home. Whether it's small or large, you need to ensure you find a company who will help stick to the budget you've chosen and work with you within that specific range. You'll want to choose someone who prides themselves on supplying their customers with the very best in finish and quality, yet at competitive prices. You'll also want to feel comfortable saying 'no' to something that may be a little out of your budget.
If you're in need of a fantastic design team who fit all these criteria, then why not check out DesignTime Nottingham? We are a specialist home design company offering the highest quality kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms Nottingham has to offer. We are here to inspire you, whatever your style or taste, and we are committed to turning your dream designs into reality.
Contact us today to discuss your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom home design plans.
Monday, 2 October 2017
Colours to consider
This year has seen a surge in the popularity of grey flooring as homeowners warm to the idea of a clean, classic look throughout their homes. Dark grey is certainly a colour that is popular on social media sites such as Pinterest. Contrast stark greys with bright highlights such as lime, coral or hot pink in your choice of accessories for a modern, dramatic feel.
Other popular flooring colours include blonde and pecan shades that work especially well with solid wood flooring, helping to make your rooms feel warmer, especially when teamed with coordinating rugs. Lighter coloured flooring materials can also make small rooms feel bigger and more spacious.
Materials to make a room special
Solid wood flooring is proving really popular this year. If your home has old wooden floorboards hidden underneath your carpets, consider having them stripped and refinished to bring out their beauty. Hardwood flooring can be painted to complement your interior décor scheme or simply stained and varnished in a natural shade of your choice.
In addition to solid wood floorboards, parquet is also enjoying a renaissance. Parquet comes in a whole range of colours in addition to natural wood, and its angular, geometric designs work particularly well in kitchens, conservatories, and home offices.
Hard on the heels of natural wooden flooring comes eco-friendly flooring, including bamboo and cork. These materials are renewable and biodegradable as well as very stylish. They also come in a whole range of colours and styles.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are also proving popular, as is slate and natural stone for kitchens and bathrooms. These materials are easy to clean and maintain and are naturally water-resistant, making them perfect for rooms with access to your outside space too.
For more advice and guidance on choosing the right flooring material for your home remodelling project, why not contact the helpful experts at Design Time?
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Designing a kitchen can be one of the most rewarding projects you ever undertake. But, without the proper planning and expertise, it can quickly turn into a huge nightmare. When designing or redesigning your kitchen, it's always best to collaborate with an expert in kitchen design, so that throughout the project you have the peace of mind you're going to end up with your dream kitchen.
For more information about the benefits of working with a kitchen designer, read on below:
CostWhen you work with a kitchen designer, you'll be ensuring you are getting the most out of the budget you've set aside for your kitchen design. Your designer will be an expert in the materials that you can use throughout your kitchen, advising on which materials will best suit the different purposes you're using them for.
They're also likely to know other industry experts who could offer discounts - up to, at times, trade prices - and can advise on trusted partners to build and fit your kitchen. Overall, the cost of working with a kitchen designer makes the project of redesigning your kitchen all together more cost efficient than if you choose not to.
Practical and perfectA kitchen design isn't just about aesthetics - it also has to be functional and work efficiently as a space to cook, eat, host and socialise in. A kitchen designer will be able to unify both function and comfort, taking your tastes and ensuring they work in a practical kitchen space. If you've never been through a kitchen design before, it's easy to get carried away with gadgets, shiny surfaces and finishing touches, but your kitchen designer will ensure the kitchen you end up with, both works and looks exactly how you wanted.
Built to lastFrom materials knowledge to insider tips about the latest trends in kitchen design and technology, your designer will be able to work with you to design a kitchen that's built to last! The more open you can be about your future plans for your house and your family, the greater ability your designer will have in creating a central room in your home.
For a stunning new kitchen design Nottingham, or if you want to update your current kitchen, partner with a designer who is a specialist in kitchens Nottingham. Call Design Time on 01159 818981 today to speak to one of our experts.