10 Kitchen Design Ideas for 2019

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. Not just a space for cooking & eating, but family gatherings, mothers meetings and even running a small business. Never before has a space that was once considered utilitarian had to work so hard.

If you are about to embark on a kitchen renovation, here are 10 kitchen design ideas that you should consider incorporating into your design.

  1. Open Shelving

This is a perfect opportunity to display any vintage crockery you might have or to store spices, cookbooks etc.


2. Mirrored Backsplash

Antique, smoked, bronze……. Adding a mirrored surface finish is not only going to visually double the space and reflect light but it looks super stylish.


3. Waterfall Island

You don’t just have to stop with a statement countertop, if the budget allows take it all the way to the floor. Make your island a real talking point. This design detail can also be done in wood, concrete or quartz.


4. Pot Filler

These are such a popular feature in the USA and you can see why. Its super practical making meal preparation so much more efficient. They come in different styles and finishes so you can match it in with the rest of the brassware and hardware in the kitchen.


5. Wall Light

This can be positioned strategically over a sink to create additional task lighting or anywhere else that you want highlight such as shelving and artwork.


6. Kitchen Runner

A great way to add texture, pattern and warmth. This might not sound like the most practical idea, so consider using an outdoor rug, which is more hardwaring.


7. Go Tall on the Wall

In order to maximise your storage take your wall units to the ceiling. Not only does it stop the top of your cupboards being dust and grease traps, it also gives you the opportunity to be flexible with your storage ideas.


8. Mix Materials

For a contemporary look try combining different finishes. Door frontages are a great way to showcase this.


9. Two Tone

This design idea works really well when island base cabinets are a different colour the the rest of the kitchen, but as you can see here you can also make a unique statement by having lower cabinets in a different colour to the upper cabinets.


10. Glazed Doors

Display crockery, vases and treasured objects beautifully. Make sure to incorporate clever lighting solutions to really make your pieces stand out and this will also add gorgeous layer of ambient light.


All images are from Pinterest.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Interior Designer (and is it worth it)?

One of the most common questions people ask about interior design is how much it all costs – and whether it’s worth bringing in a professional instead of doing it themselves.

The best place to start when weighing up whether to use an interior designer or not is to look at what you want to achieve in your home and the reasons why you feel you can’t achieve that yourself.


Most people who routinely employ the services of an interior designer automatically build in the price of that expert help into the cost of refurbishment or remodel for several reasons:


7 Reasons Why People Hire Interior Designers

  1. They don’t have the time to do it themselves.

  2. They are overwhelmed with ideas and choices and need someone to give an expert eye.

  3. They don’t know where to start with interiors but know they want a home that works better, impresses and reflects who they are with style.

  4. They want to source unique furniture and finishes but don’t have the time to shop around.

  5. They want to take advantage of an interior designer’s relationships with suppliers for better choice and price of furnishings.

  6. They don’t want to make costly mistakes.

  7. They want help selling their property.


If any of those reasons strike a chord with you, it’s clear you would benefit from the expertise, guidance and sourcing benefits an interior designer would give you.  It then simply comes down to budget and how much help you need.

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It will be no surprise that many people who regularly employ professional designers don’t worry too much about the price, as it’s very much the norm for owners of high-end properties - but that doesn’t mean professional interior design is out of reach for everyone else.

In fact, interior design has never been so accessible.  Today’s interior designers are equally comfortable adorning penthouses and country homes as they are townhouses, apartments and family homes – and you’ll find they have packages to suit these differing needs too.


How much does an interior designer cost?

 If cost is your main consideration, especially if you’re dipping your toe in the water with interior design and want to do most of the decoration yourself (or with the help of decorators), you can benefit from expert help for as little as £72 for a consultation.  These hour-long sessions will give you 1-2-1 time with a professional designer who can look over your ideas and room dimensions and give you their expert opinion on how to progress from there.

For more detailed guidance, an interior designer can visit your property for £250 per room.  At the White House Interiors, we come to see your home before preparing a design scheme to suit your budget, room and style preferences (you can even borrow our swatches and samples too).

If you want a full step-by-step design package, we can provide a design scheme mood-board, furniture layout plan, shopping list (with full breakdown of costs) and installation/styling tips for just £500 per room.

If you want the entire project managed by an interior designer, from concept to final reveal, the costs typically start from £10,000, but these costs are specific to each project and property. 

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If you’d like to know exactly how much it would cost for an interior designer to transform your home, please contact us and we’ll let you know.