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Welcome kitchen special

Hello and welcome to our kitchen guide which is jam-packed with inspiration for your cooking and dining zones. Kitchens are no longer simply places to prepare meals; they’re social spaces in which to share family life and enjoy the company of friends. Our real-life kitchen spaces starting on page 86 show how to do just that; each room has a different layout and style – whether classic, contemporary or a blend of both – you’re sure to find a few ideas to take away with you. Once you have found the type of look you’re after, it’s all down to sourcing the right products. To help, we take an in-depth look at hobs, which are becoming increasingly innovative and versatile appliances. Find out more about the latest generation of cooktops on page 74. We also have a round-up of the best British kitchen furniture designs on page 68, a selection of taps for you to peruse on page 80, and a whole host of kitchen schemes to compare on page 82. Enjoy!

Sally Narraway Editor

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68 BEST OF BRITISH We’re celebrating the country’s craftsmanship and creativity as we take a look at furniture styles from top kitchen designers in the UK

74 HOT HOBS Considering buying a new cooktop? Find out what the market has to offer in the way of innovations and new technologies

80 FEATURE FAUCETS It’s probably the most-used item in your kitchen, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves. Here we have a selection of brand-new tap designs to help you find the perfect style

82 KITCHEN STYLES Do you favour the charm of classic design, the coolness of a modern

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scheme, or perhaps a mix of the two? We showcase a selection of cabinetry designs to help inspire your furniture choice

86 IN THE PINK This Georgian property features a traditional unfitted style of kitchen cabinetry, which is given an individual and up-to-date twist by way of colour

90 ENHANCING EVERYDAY Combining bright colour with a modern, streamlined style, this open-plan kitchen was designed for life in a family home

94 SOFTLY DOES IT Creating a serene but dynamic scheme, these homeowners mixed the charm of timber and stone finishes with the cool contemporary style of hi-gloss white lacquer and stainless steel

98 USEFUL CONTACTS If you’re searching for worktops, furniture, flooring or appliances, these company details will come in handy

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