2018trends

It's all about the Pantry

In the last year or so the we have had more and more requests for built in pantry or larder units on our customers kitchen Wishlist’s and we love them! They add another layer of interest to a kitchen and can include beautiful details both inside and out. They can either be built into an existing tall housing bank that includes your ovens/fridges etc or as a stand a lone centre piece in your kitchen space. Traditionally a pantry unit will accommodate beautiful solid oak side store units, which are useful for things such as spices/preserves or cereals and then inside a series of drawers and shelving units to house any other household food essentials. However, we are frequently being asked to re-think the traditional pantry to house a drinks station to include an integrated coffee machine, hot water tap or how about a cocktail pantry?! We have a few key considerations to think about if you are planning a built-in pantry:

· What appliances do you use in your kitchen the most that you would like to hide such as toasters, kettles etc, these can all be popped away in a cleverly designed pantry

· Would you make use of a spice racks and drawers?

· Solid worktop or wood inside? If you are wanting to use your pantry as a drinks station you will most probably need to have a solid worktop such as Quartz, if it is purely for food you will be fine with wood shelving, inserts and worktop

· Will you want little hands to be able to help themselves to snacks or will you want everything out of reach?

· Is there any integrated appliances you would love to have within the pantry, a microwave? Coffee machine? Hot water tap & small sink?

How to Budget for your kitchen

In today’s blog post we take one kitchen layout and apply it to three budgets. We get asked a lot at IDEAS what a rough quote for a kitchen at ‘X x Y’ would cost, but as explained below there are 1000’s of variables from doors, worktops and appliances to make your kitchen truly unique to you and your needs. You may just be shocked at the low starting price for many of our kitchens and we will always endeavour to price match, so if you find a quote cheaper elsewhere we will match it. Book in to speak to one of our designers today on (0115) 922 1188. So which would you choose?

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One - £4,400*

This beautiful shaker style kitchen is bang on trend and is shown in one of our most affordable doors we offer the new Belsay range by PWS. It is an incredible door and at an amazing price. Pair with copper or gold handles for an extra stylish touch. This price includes:

  • BELSAY door available in 4 colours (shown in Graphite)

  • Glass splashback

  • Laminate worktop

  • Carcass’s, pelmet, cornice and plinths

  • Microwave lift-up door


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Two - £5,300*

If you are looking for a more contemporary style for your kitchen then look no further than the Glacier door which is shown in a stunning metallic blue. Sophisticated, classy and simple we just love this look. This price includes:

  • Glacier door (shown in metallic blue)

  • Glass splashback

  • Laminate worktop

  • Carcass’s, pelmet, cornice and plinths

  • Microwave lift-up door


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Three - £7,000*

Looking for something really bespoke? How about this Broadoak paint to order door? Choose from over 25 stunning colours or mix and match two colours for a unique style. We would pair this door with gold handles and a gold tap for a high end finish. This price includes:

  • Broadoak paint to order door (available in over 25 colours)

  • Glass splashback

  • Laminate worktop (upgrade to Qaurtz for a really sleek finish!)

  • Carcass’s, pelmet, cornice and plinths

  • Microwave lift-up door


* Please note all kitchens quoted above do not include fitting, appliances or handles and are based on specific kitchen measurements. Please contact us today to receive an accurate quote for your dream space!

*A basic integrated 5 piece appliance CDA package starts at £1,850 and basic 5 piece appliance NEFF package starts at £2,350

Metallic Taps

The trend for metallic and coloured taps started in late 2016 moving into 2017 with designer brands bringing out some beautiful designs but with a high price to match, however fast forward to 2018 and we see more of our own suppliers producing some on-trend designs at very reasonable prices. From Cassellie’s beautiful Rose Gold bathroomware including shower heads, taps and radiators to Quooker’s limited edition gold plated boiling water tap. Pick matte black ironmongery in your bathroom to compliment the monochrome look or a stunning rose gold tap in your kitchen for a metallic nod to the trend.                              

Spring 2018 Interiors

It may not look like Spring outside but here at IDEAS we are looking towards Spring and brighter, lighter Interior trends especially those in kitchens and bathrooms. One of our favourite trends of this year is greenery – plants are no longer just for the outdoors, 2018 has seen a huge surge in people bringing wonderful greenery into their homes.

We have many dotted around the showroom and in our homes, as well as detoxifying the air the striking greenery looks beautiful against almost any backdrop. You will also see this trend In wallpaper prints, textiles and paint colours - we love to mix bold tropical wallpaper in bathrooms together with gold brassware for a striking interiors look. 

Monochrome Bathrooms & Kitchens

We predict the rise of darker kitchen and bathrooms in 2018, creating a luxurious and surprisingly spacious feel to any interior space. The contrast of black against white ceramic feels clean and fresh with the odd pop of gold for an extra chic feel.

Many of our suppliers such as Frontline and Cassellie have bought out many on trend ranges this year from black baths to matte black kitchen taps we love this monochrome trend and can’t wait to design some interesting spaces for you all this year. Why not pop into the showroom to see us and talk about how you can bring this beautifully modern trend to your home.