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The 21st century kitchen

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

By Tony Lennox

  • SHARP . . . Examples of Betta Living style

  • SHARP . . . Examples of Betta Living style

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THE KITCHEN is the room in the house that must stand the test of time.

One of the most frequently asked questions to the Betta Living design team is what’s on-trend and what is the best kitchen design for now and future years.

Trends are not only influenced by how we want kitchens to look; how we’re living in them has a huge influence in 2014 more than ever before. As one of the UK’s largest fitted kitchen retailers, Betta Living, which has showrooms in Stafford and Cannock, enables consumers to keep up with the latest kitchen design trends.

Multi-Generation Kitchens

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The combination of rising house prices, increased care costs and graduate job shortages is resulting in an increase in multi-generational living and this is manifesting itself in the kitchen.

Designs can now accommodate between three to four generations of the same family – all using one space for their very individual needs!

Betta Living’s key features of a multi-generation kitchen include a focus on accessibility and lower level seating, stylish but easy to use appliances and accessories, drawer based kitchen cabinets and clever storage. Further features include brighter lighting – for homework through to failing eyesight - and more hubs within a kitchen/diner to make the most of space.

Power to the people – how our devices are shaping kitchen design.

Today’s gizmo-giddy consumer is a powerful force on kitchen living and so design.

After the revolution of the flat-screen TV, and the emergence of the tablet device, most of us now can’t live without them in our kitchens, along with iPhones, iPods, e-books, X-boxes and Wiis - all of which need power! And that’s having a big effect on kitchen design. Betta Livings’ design teams around the UK are inundated with requests to tailor kitchen design around homeowners’ technological needs – with work surfaces equipped with pop-up power supplies that elevate when in use and neatly descend into the work top.

Mix and Match

It’s multiple kitchens in one for 2014. Tampa or Linear? Why choose one when you can have both?

This follows on from 2013’s big design trend - fitting the same kitchen design in two different colourways.

The mix and match effect can be very striking and portrays individuality. Mixing and matching contrasting designs such as handled vs handle-less units, light vs dark and matt vs gloss finishes is also highly effective.

One Kitchen – Two Finishes.

Betta Living’s Georgian Collection exemplifies the potential for striking elegance when the two finishes are fused in the same kitchen space, as the ivory and oak finishes collaborate into one kitchen giving the classic collection a dynamic dimension. The Georgian Collection is priced at £5,187 (based on a guide layout).

Curves for Kitchens

The rounded edge in kitchens just gets bigger and bigger. Curves undoubtedly give domestic spaces a softer, more fluid feel and are ideal for a kitchen’s multifaceted usage. Betta Living’s Cranford Collection captures this look and its softness and warmth when used alongside darker, matt shades such as the Charcoal finish.

For showroom locations, or to arrange a free design consultation, visit www.bettaliving.co.uk or call 0808 159 3416.

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