Last week we asked our growing Instagram audience to send us their kitchen queries, whether it was surrounding a specific kitchen collection, 2019 trends, paint colours, appliances or our design process. As we often receive so many fantastic Instagram kitchen questions, we thought we’d start sharing the answers on our blog too.
What are the new trends for kitchens, i.e. colours, textures etc.?
In terms of colour trends, dark green is set to take the interiors industry by storm. However, warm greys will continue to dominate. Interior trends will also embrace new neutrals, oversized pendant lights, crittall doors and mixed metals which look fantastic when combined with dark cabinetry. You can read our 2019 trends blog here to explore more.
What is the colour of these cabinets?
This beautiful kitchen is located in our Alderley Edge showroom. The island is painted in our bespoke paint colour Marjoram adding depth to the space, and the cabinetry is in Orchid with a smoked oak interior finish.
Do you sell your handles separately?
Unfortunately, we do not sell our handles separately. They are only provided when a full kitchen is purchased. When designing a Tom Howley kitchen, currently we offer six different types of finishes – polished nickel, polished chrome, satin nickel, satin chrome, polished brass, and burnished brass. We are always reviewing our finishes to complement current trends.
What is the perfect white for cabinets in a kitchen?
Sorrel and Orchid are our most popular whites. Our slightly warm white paint colour Orchid works wonderfully with a light grey island adding depth to a space. If you want a statement look, our brilliant white, Sorrel is perfect; it’s striking yet elegant ensuring the kitchen feels spacious and light.
Do you source all of the finishing for the kitchen, i.e. backsplashes etc.?
We’ll offer comprehensive advice on materials, finishes and fittings, ensuring that you’re delighted with the final result. We source leading industry appliances including Miele and Sub-Zero and Wolf to name a few, the highest quality kitchen worktops and backsplashes, hinges, handles, taps and sinks.
I really want a walnut kitchen what are your thoughts on it?
Walnut is a popular choice for those who want a natural timber look in the kitchen. If you want a more contemporary look combine a walnut finish with lighter paint colours bringing a touch of sophistication to the space. We have some stunning walnut kitchen examples in our Chelsea, Altrincham and Harrogate showrooms.
Do you do black kitchen units?
We have a stylish dark paint colour called ‘Nightshade’ which is one shade lighter than black. This dramatic paint finish complements materials such as wood, bright quartz, raw brick and metallic accents creating a sleek, contemporary atmosphere in both rural and urban homes.
Quartz or granite worktops? And which are the best suppliers to ask for?
A large proportion of our kitchens have quartz worktops. However, we do use one-of-a-kind pieces of natural stone too. Silestone (made up of 90% quartz) is a popular choice for a kitchen worktop because its non-porous texture prevents bacteria from growing. It’s easy to clean, making it less susceptible to staining, highly durable and comes in a range of beautiful colours. We recently wrote a short worktop guide surrounding the pros and cons of these beautiful materials.
How do you make your kitchen more sociable?
Create multiple seating areas within the space – some on the island, dining table, even a small area for chairs or a sofa. Creating different zones will make the space more flexible and will be somewhere you want to spend time regardless of whether you are having breakfast at the coffee bar, sitting down for dinner or popping open a bottle of prosecco with friends.
If you have a kitchen query why not pop into one of our showrooms to chat with our expert designers. Our showrooms offer the perfect opportunity to experience our designs first hand. Understand the materials and be inspired by all of our carefully selected colours. Test out features as you would at home and discover what makes a Tom Howley kitchen truly unique. Discover your closest showroom here.