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Sleek design 'key to modern kitchens'

Individuals keen to update their kitchen have been advised that the latest trend is for the construction of a sleek and simple aesthetic, focusing on the most sustainable materials.

Susan Quirke, managing director of Quirke McNamara Consultancy, said the use of islands within a kitchen is a great way for homeowners to make this area more functional and stylish.

"Clients definitely want something much more aesthetic in the kitchen now, so there are designs for feature islands with curves and organic shapes and using lighting to create features," she commented.

Ms Quirke added that islands can be a great method for making kitchens more sociable, delivering a bar space where people can talk informally, eat and entertain.

Lighting options like back-lit wall units help to break up the blocky appearance of some kitchen designs, while modern, sleek materials help to ensure the space remains as on-trend as possible, but also as green as it can be in terms of reusing old materials, fixtures and fittings.

Ian Thackeray, managing director of Mid Century Kitchens, recently argued that sustainability is one of the biggest issues presently facing UK kitchen designers, with many Brits now choosing materials that have been sourced responsibly, such as ash or reclaimed wood.

Mixing old with new is one of the key facets of the latest kitchen design trends and therefore, individuals across the country are scouring reclamation yards, the internet and an array of other sources to find fittings that will complement their new modern kitchens.

However, Brits are also embracing the latest technologies, with labour and energy-saving devices remaining extremely on-trend for the time being.

"The bright glossy kitchen has had its day and there is a definite move towards more muted colours. There's lots of clean lines and simple design with a somewhat Zen look and feel," he concluded. 

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