Make manager Brendan McAlister reveals what’s hot in the world of kitchen design

Thanks to the rise of the everyday gourmet, we’re spending more time than ever before in the kitchen. One recent study* claims we spend an average of 72 minutes a day cooking, not counting the estimated 35 minutes** a day we spend mulling over what we’re going to eat. So, it’s no surprise we’re investing more in the heart of the home than ever. Research by kitchen appliance manufacturer Britannia Living found that a whopping 39% of us spent over £1,000 revamping our kitchen in the last five years. With these stats in mind, if you’re thinking of a kitchen upgrade, take a look at the top kitchen trends for 2017.

Shades of grey
A modern update on the all-white kitchens that have dominated your Pinterest board in recent years, a key trend in colour right now is grey. A light grey tone like the Florence Light Grey gives a simple and sophisticated vibe to your kitchen that is neutral enough to stand the test of time.

Intelligent storage
With today’s sleek kitchen designs, there is a place to hide even the most awkward kitchen appliance, with everything from your food processor to your kettle and even power sockets kept out of sight in cabinetry that runs flush with countertops. Deep drawers combined with clever storage ideas like this pull out ironing board combine style and practicality.

Curved cabinets
Once the preserve of the contemporary kitchen, curved cabinets now offer a stylish solution to any family kitchen whether your style is modern, country or classic. The ergonomic lines of the Iona Inframe Painted Kitchen are ideal for small or awkwardly-shaped kitchens where protruding corners could restrict movement, while the soft lines are also a bonus for families with young children. Add curves to islands units, protruding cabinets or to an open-plan kitchen to help blend the space with a sitting or dining area.

Handleless doors
Fuss-free, chic and contemporary, handless doors in gloss finish give a streamlined look to cabinets that open with a light touch. Add interest to an all-gloss look by contrasting with reclaimed oak panels as seen in the Remo Gloss White with Reclaimed Oak.

Modern larders
Thanks to TV shows like Downton Abbey and The Great British Bake Off, old-fashioned walk-in larders are back in vogue, but you don’t have to be Lord Grantham to get your own easy-access food storage solution. Thanks to the clever use of deep shelving, even a modest kitchen can accommodate larder storage like the Convoy Premio Larder that will keep all your essential ingredients in one place. Eat your heart out, Mary Berry.

*Survey by AGA Cookshop
**Research by Giraffe World Kitchen