The kitchen, once merely functional and a hidden away room is now the hub of home living, and as such enjoys huge scope for fresh design and updates that will transform the look and style of your home.

Never have there been more designs that you can choose from. Whilst fitted kitchen remain the most popular, freestanding kitchens have also made a comeback. Whether it’s a traditional look that you are after, or something modern and sleek, there is so much on the market that you can choose from and that will instantly update your home.

The kitchen is nowadays often the key room of the house and so the type and style of kitchen you choose is an important decision. What sort of look are you after and what kind of trends can you expect?

Modern
High-gloss surfaces in sparking white, bright colours or monochrome smacks of the truly contemporary kitchen. If you live a fast-paced life and love to entertain what better way than in a high-spec kitchen that is as sleek and stylish as you are? The look is distinctly minimalist and utilitarian; smart detail and smooth edges are the order of the day with this trend.

1970s
Another hot trend for kitchens right now is the 70s look. Combining elements of the above, but teamed with geometric rectangles and dark or stripy wood, gives a new spin on an older style. If retro is your thing but you don’t want chintz then this is a great look that embraces both the old and the new.

Traditional
Kitchen trends come and go, but the traditional look is one that is always in demand. The shabby-chic farmhouse trend of the 1990s has never really gone either, and a Range or Aga cookers are always popular. From the pleasing simplicity of Shaker style to farmhouse cosiness, there is always something on the market for a more classical look.

With a traditional kitchen the key is to modernise with accessories and appliances. New kitchens that adhere to a traditional style will also give a nod to current trends.

If you’re not sure what style will best suit your needs and your house, Wren Kitchens is a really good place to start your research. With a great range of modern kitchens they also have some really smart, yet traditional kitchens too, and so allow you to compare the different styles.

What’s key is having something that suits your personality and also your day-to-day needs.