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Open-plan kitchens 'are gaining popularity'

Property owners across the UK are embracing open-plan kitchens in order to maximise their enjoyment of these areas, it has been revealed.

Graham Robinson, showroom manager at ANLO Kitchens, said minimal design is one of the key trends of recent years and continues to be exceedingly popular with Brits looking to create a stylish and functional kitchen area.

However, open-plan living has also come to the fore and is now one of the biggest trends in kitchen design, with homeowners looking to develop a home layout that allows them to entertain with ease, seamlessly blending one area of the property into another.

In order to achieve this, many designers are looking to the latest fixtures, fittings and technologies to deliver a sleek and contemporary look to kitchens. This includes the use of slim-line cupboards and cubby holes, as well as handleless doors to create an elegant space in which to entertainment and live on a daily basis.

He commented: "The chunky and solid look for the entire kitchen is diminishing in popularity, but a strong design statement can be created through contrasts such as a breakfast bar with a multilevel seating area, a striking antique dining table or a multifunctional cooking hob area, which works as a centrepoint of the kitchen."

According to recent comments from Neil Lerner, owner and managing director of Neil Lerner Kitchen Design, bright colours are returning to palettes for those decorating kitchens in 2012, with splashbacks one area where people are being particularly bold.

He noted the trend for creams and whites to create a clean look is now becoming somewhat dated and Brits are more keen to embrace colour in the kitchen, with the use of glassware, utensils and lacquered veneers also helping to introduce more colour and impact.

Some of the most popular shades of the year so far have been the rich Mediterranean colours of mango, olive green, steel blue and fruity blackberry, the designer added. 

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