Friday, 1 December 2017

Kitchen design trend predictions for 2018

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

How to choose a kitchen, bathroom & bedroom specialist

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

Top floor trends for 2017

Flooring Nottingham
If you’re thinking of remodelling your home this year, one major consideration will be the type of floor coverings you choose for each room in your home. So, what’s on trend for 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 d├ęcor 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

Why you need a kitchen designer

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:


When 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 perfect 

A 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 last 

From 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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


bedrooms nottingham

Designing a bedroom can be a challenging task. As this is the one room which you use on a regular basis, it is important to add a bit of your style and personality in it.
Here are the six bedroom design mistakes which you should avoid:

Do not place bed against the wall
While beds which have been pushed up against the wall create an illusion of having more space, this is a common design mistake which you should avoid at all costs. Whether you live alone or with someone, it is important to have a better sense of space and layout in your bedroom. Hence, while designing your bedroom, leave enough space around the sides and back of your bed.

Avoid cluttering your room
A cluttered house is not only dangerous for children but can also lead to unnecessary stress. Too many personal items such as frames, bottles, make-up etc. crowding various surfaces in your room can make it look untidy and cluttered.

Find the right size of furniture pieces
While designing a room, make sure that you are not adding furniture just because you like it. Every piece of furniture must properly fit into the overall theme of your bedroom. Also, ensure that you do not have oversized furniture as it can make your bedroom look smaller. For example, having a large wardrobe might sound exciting, but it severely limits your walking space. Hence, look for furniture that is the right size for your bedroom.
You can have perfect sliding and fitted wardrobes from Design Time.

Make sure to have at least a foot of walking space
A good rule of thumb is to leave a space of one-foot between the bed and other pieces of furniture. This will allow you to walk around in your bedroom without bumping into furniture. If your bed is too large, consider getting rid of the extra furniture. You can also choose to buy a smaller bed.

If you would like to know any more information about our products. call us today on 0115 981 89 81 or fill out our form.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

How to Design Your Bathroom for the Future

Have you ever thought about future proofing your bathroom? Investing in a new bathroom design will help to ensure that it is functional and comfortable for your family for years to come.

Our bathroom design specialists in Nottingham have put together a guide on how to design a bathroom to suit your future needs.

Plan Ahead and Assess the Ergonomics

Ergonomics refers to the way in which people interact with their environment. When designing a bathroom, it is essential that the layout allows you to carry out the tasks you require, whatever your size, age or ability. It is a good idea to make a list of all the activities you perform in the bathroom. This will enable you to check you have enough space in your bathroom and plan your design ahead of time.

Create a Space That Is Easy to Access

As you get older, you might become less mobile. It is therefore important to create a bathroom design which consists of equipment that is easy to use. For example, you could include either a walk in shower or bath, this will save you from having to lift your legs up high. We recommend carefully selecting your bathroom furniture and fixtures with this in mind. Consider purchasing items that are durable and are low maintenance, for example when deciding on floor tiles, make sure they are easy to clean. Avoid covering your bathroom with ceramic tiles because this is likely to create condensation problems.

Expand Your Bathroom Space

There are often multiple family members using the bathroom at once, so it is crucial to make sure your bathroom design has enough room to accommodate them. One way to make your bathroom larger is to either remove an internal of external wall to create more space. This has the potential to significantly improve the style and function of your bathroom.

Use Neutral Colours

Interior design colour trends come and go but painting your bathroom neutral colours will create a timeless look for the room. For example, white is a classic colour, and because it is a light shade, it will also make your bathroom look more spacious.

Good Lighting

Your choice of lighting is another aspect of future proofing your bathroom. We advise that you make sure your bathroom is well lit to increase the visibility of any wet patches on the floor to avoid any accidents that might occur.

Natural Materials

Although wood can be expensive, the use of a natural material is a great way to add a modern finish to your bathroom. Adding items that are made from natural materials will also complement a neutral colour scheme.

If you’re based in Nottingham, our bathroom experts can help you gain confidence through the design process, call us today 0115 981 89 81 or fill out our form if you would like to know any more information about our products.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Top Trends for Kitchen Design This Season

Our kitchen design and installation specialists in Nottingham are eager to keep up to date with the latest interior design developments.

Contemporary kitchen design

If you'd like to redesign your kitchen and bring it into the 21st century, we’ve rounded up some of the top kitchen design trends for 2017, all of which can be incorporated easily into any home.

Painted Cabinets

Do you want to add a modern twist to your kitchen layout? If you would like to create a bespoke kitchen another key trend for this year is to paint your kitchen cabinets in pale colours. This effect is more appealing if you avoid grained woods as these are more problematic to paint. Remember, colours can vary depending on the light during the day and night, we recommend testing different areas of the kitchen with various tones.

Grey and Earthy Tones

Along with earthy tones, the use of grey undertones will be a timeless addition to your kitchen in 2017. The use of darker grey tones on cabinets and doors is becoming significantly popular this year and provides an alternative contrast that isn’t too dramatic. If you don’t like the idea of grey in your kitchen, you might want to consider other earthy colours such as olive green and aubergine.

Metal and Stone Elements

If you want to give your kitchen a modern industrial style, one of the easiest ways to do this in 2017 is to add features of non-porous metals into your kitchen design. Through combining dark metals into your kitchens such as chrome or polished black door handles, you can create a sleek contemporary kitchen. Many kitchens are still white or beige in colour and displaying a hint of black can build an element of high contrast and can refresh most kitchen units. Adding metal elements to your kitchen not only looks good but also creates robust surfaces that can be cleaned without difficulty. Some other ways to include metals in your kitchen might include copper appliances, seating, wire shelving, or metal cages for your light fixtures.

Another clear kitchen design trend that has continued to advance since 2016 is the use of quartz worktops. Previously the use of quartz was seen as a luxurious and expensive material, but more recently retailers are offering composite stone materials at a more reasonable price and are, therefore, an excellent idea if you are redesigning your kitchen this year. These stone materials are low maintenance and available in various finishes including stain and scratch resistance.

Farmhouse Sinks

Turn on that modern rustic charm with the installation of a farmhouse sink in your kitchen. These are another key kitchen design trend for 2017 and provide a deep space to wash and dry large kitchen utensils. The country style in kitchen design is another hot trend this year, and a farmhouse sink will help you to achieve this look. Fitting a farmhouse sink can create a beautiful country or old fashioned kitchen, but it does require a cabinet that is specially designed to go underneath which can make a renovation more expensive. You will also need to be careful when you are deciding what taps and faucet you get to accompany a farmhouse sink in your kitchen.

Hidden Appliances

Another significant kitchen design trend for 2017 is that kitchen designers currently prefer small appliances to be hidden away for example kettles and food processors. As a result, this is leading to high-quality kitchen storage solutions through the use of deep drawers and additional upper cabinets to hide objects discretely and to create clear worktops and the illusion of a larger kitchen.

If you’d like help including some of these key design trends into your home or need advice on building your dream kitchen, contact our design and installations in Nottingham on 01159 81 89 81 or email us with your enquiry today. 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Design a Bathroom to Reflect Your Style

We spend a lot of time in the bathroom as part of our daily routine. A good bathroom design should reflect your style and personality, and this is why homeowners might choose to have a bespoke bathroom.

As bathroom design specialists in Nottingham, we work with you to create a bespoke design concept that complements your home and lifestyle to achieve your dream bathroom.

Follow our guide to planning a luxurious bespoke bathroom design.

Working with a Bespoke Bathroom Designer

Designing a bespoke bathroom can be a daunting task and you might feel overwhelmed by the size of the task, but it is important to turn to a skilled bathroom fitter if you need help. A bathroom designer will be able to easily identify the type of products to fulfil the needs of your household.

Research Products and Design Choices

After consulting the experts, take the time to research specific products and design options. Whether it’s creating a Pinterest board or reading reviews online, it is a good idea to have a look at the bathroom design options that are available to you. Get inspired by browsing interior design magazines, ask a friend or look on some bathroom design websites.

Set a Budget for Your Bespoke Bathroom

Our skilled team of bathroom specialists in Nottingham can help make sure your bathroom is designed with value for money in mind. Setting out a budget for your bathroom renovation is important. This could be challenging by yourself, but our designers are here to support you in achieving a fresh, contemporary look within the agreed cost. If you are unsure about buying an expensive product, consider what requirements you may need in your bathroom for the future. We recommend investing in some bathroom products that are long-lived and durable.

Visit a Bathroom Showroom

To get some ideas for your bespoke bathroom browse some bathroom showrooms. This kind of environment aims to showcase real life bathroom designs that you can choose to go through at your leisure. Take some time to gather specific product and style ideas that you might want to incorporate into your bathroom design.

Keep Your Bathroom Design Stylish but Practical

A bespoke bathroom successfully achieves a balance between being fashionable and functional. Bathroom fixtures can either make or break a bathroom layout. If your bathroom space is limited, we can offer advice on a range of space saving solutions cleverly designed to make the most of your bathroom layout. Another important aspect to remember planning a bespoke bathroom is storage, and this is essential for a bathroom of any size. Consider what type of sinks you would like and whether you are going to combine a cupboard underneath to maximise space.

Do you want to create a unique bathroom layout? Pop into our showroom to see our bathrooms in Nottingham or call us on 0115 981 8981 to see how we can design a bathroom especially for you.  

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Why German Kitchens & Bathrooms Are So Popular
german kitchens made in Nottingham, UK

One of our specialisms here at DesignTime is the art of kitchen and bathroom design based on German design principles. This particular style is increasing in popularity in the UK, but what exactly is it that defines a German kitchen or bathroom, and why are they so desirable?

Around the world, Germany is known as the home of some of the world’s best manufacturing brands. This is especially true in luxury, high-end markets, because German design is prized for its quality. Mercedes-Benz and BMW are two of the most commonly cited examples.

Quality isn’t the only thing German manufacturers are known for, however. Another major factors is a high level of efficiency, and when combined, these two key principles are extremely important for a field such as interior design. It’s understandable, then, that these priorities have helped German kitchen designers gain a reputation around the world.

You might be forgiven for thinking that this trend is relatively new, but actually it’s partly credited to the country’s long history in home design. By the early 1900s, several famous brands began operating in Germany selling complete designer kitchens, and many still continue to trade today. For example, handle-less kitchen cabinets (which we think of as a relatively new concept) were first introduced by German brand SieMatic nearly 60 years ago. 

As a result of the years of experience many leading brands have behind them, plus the country’s famous reputation for engineering excellence, many kitchen design companies around the UK are taking inspiration from German innovations. At DesignTime, we work with some of the best German suppliers to ensure authentic results. We have partnered with Nobilia to offer a great range of fitted kitchens and units, while we supply bathroom fittings from Villeroy & Boch.

For more information about any of the brands we work with or what we can do to help you design your home, please contact us online or by phone today.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Kitchens in Nottingham - Which Kitchen Style Is The One For You?

Classic Kitchen Styles In Nottingham For You 

kitchen designs in Nottingham, England, UK

At DesignTime, we are proud to be one of the leading suppliers of kitchens in Nottingham. One of the main reasons we love what we do so much (and why our customers love our work too) is because we have experience with so many different styles. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to kitchens, because you deserve a unique home that’s tailored to your needs and preferences.

We specialise in several different styles when it comes to kitchen design and installation, so whatever your personal taste, we can bring your vision to life. Here are a few of the main distinct styles to give you some inspiration and help you decide what style you love the most.

Classic Design

Many homes are ideally suited for a classic kitchen design. This is usually perfect for period properties with lots of character and a timeless feel. You may have a lot of original features in your home and wish to continue the same feel in the kitchen, but with an up-to-date, high quality finish.

This is where our classic collections come in. We have an excellent selection of traditional styles to choose from, each ranging from individual units to complete collections so you can build your own dream kitchen. Natural oak is one of the most popular looks for people going down the classic route, as it really does stand the test of time.


If you’re interested in more modern kitchen designs, you have a huge range of options to choose from. Our contemporary collections show that there really is no limit to the number of ways you can incorporate different influences and personality into a minimalist kitchen without any fussy distractions. Clean lines, smooth surfaces and sharp colours are hallmarks of most of these units, plus you’re guaranteed fantastic quality.

German kitchens

Taking the contemporary approach one step further, German-style kitchens are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. From a country known for their efficient and functional style, you might be surprised at how stunning these finished kitchens look. If you take a look at some of our featured examples, you can really see why so many people are keen to add a little German inspiration to their Nottingham kitchens.

Painted timber

Looking for a way to combine up-to-date influences with a traditional design? A highly popular approach is to go with painted timber. Solid wood kitchen units that will last a lifetime, finished with a bold paint colour to bring everything to life, can create a stunning effect in almost any home. We have a wonderful range of collections to inspire you in Nottingham, each offering a slightly different feel and finish for your dream kitchen.

Don’t forget that when you choose DesignTime to supply your new kitchen, we will always work with you to make sure the completed result looks as good as it possibly can. If you need bespoke crafted units, worktops, handles, sinks and even appliances, we can help you completely kit out your new kitchen and have it ready for you to enjoy. Just give us a call to