Essex Kitchens and Bedrooms


A kitchen is so much more than a place to make dinner and keep the shopping list. It should be a room that inspires, welcomes and provides a great place to relax; exactly what we aspire to achieve here at Essex Kitchens & Bedrooms.

We believe that kitchens are at the heart of the home. They’re a room where families spend a lot of their time, often being the first place they see each other in the mornings. Memories are made in the kitchen, and we think that great design only compliments that.

If you’re looking to start your new project, read on, as in this blog post we’re going to share with you 5 design ideas that can really add some increased practicality, luxury and ‘wow factor’to your kitchen.



Depending on the amount of space available, you might want to consider a kitchen island. Not only are they great for storage and workspace, but they add a great flow to your room which is especially useful when it comes to the practical side of your kitchen. When cooking, it’s good to have a flow from preparation to oven to hobs to serving areas and finally to the dishwasher, and you can take all of these things into account when finalising your design here at Essex Kitchens & Bedrooms.

One thing to note when you are incorporating a kitchen island into your design concept is that it must be useful. As much as it looks great, it’s primary objective should be function, and we can tell you more about how you make this station into a multi-function hub in the centre of your kitchen.




Matte finishes are very ‘in’ right now, especially for traditional, shaker or ultra-modern kitchens. They provide an elegant and classy feel that also provides warmth and homeliness.

Complimented with some of the wooden floors and pale wall colours and work-surfaces we have available here at Essex Kitchens & Bedrooms, these matte finish effects can look stunning.



Creating a feature centrepiece for your kitchen is sure-fire way to improve the design factor. Strategically placed over a kitchen island, you’ll give the whole area an air of elegance that will get noticed. Also, from a practicality standpoint, the downlighting is perfect for a preparation space when working with sharp objects such as knives and peelers.

Ergonomics are very important in the design of practical workspace, and when designing a kitchenhere at the showroom, we always make sure that the kitchen fits perfectly around you and your family. That’s why we’ll make sure that any hanging lights like this don’t impede on headspace when you’re carving the roast meat on a Sunday (or any other day, in fact!).




Most people will be used to bending down in the kitchen. Whenever we go to put something in the oven, check it, turn it and take it out, we’re often in the squat position. It seems to be commonplace for most kitchen owners but it doesn’t have to be like that.

Good design doesn’t just look nice; it should also take into account usability, and there’s no better scenario to highlight this than when installing your appliances. A great feature to include in your kitchen is to have your appliances at eye level. Not only does this prevent you from back-breaking bends and squats, but it also makes it really convenient to check your food as well as providing a natural break in your kitchen units.



There’s a huge amount of colour choice available to you for your new kitchen, but more often than notpeople choose to go with whites and brighter, pale colours. All of this has changed in the last couple of years and statement colours are coming to the fore.

Darker colours have proved popular to many, with painted islands and units creating a very classy and up-market feel. A worry for many when it comes to using darker colours is that they will suck light from the room. You can counteract this effect by using strategicallyplaced recessed lighting such as under-cabinet lighting.

So, there you have it: 5 design ideas that can really improve the look, feel and practicalities of your kitchen. If you have any questions about the design of your new kitchen or would like to book a free, no-obligation design consultation with us here at the showroom or call us on 01621 893 491.