Meet Olivia and Tom, two of the amazing kitchen designers at Interiors 4 Living, one of our specialist 1909 retailers in Leeds.
In this Journal entry, we’re handing over to Tom, as he talks us through Interiors 4 Living’s new 1909 showroom display, gives us his advice on planning a kitchen, and shares his interior design predictions for the upcoming year.
What made you update your 1909 showroom display?
“As a team, we felt it was time we gave our customers the opportunity to see a beautiful In-frame shaker in its full glory!
“Before 1909, we’d never had an In-frame Shaker at Interiors 4 Living, which left us at a disadvantage when trying to help customers visualise the style in their homes, or when introducing customers to the style in the first place.
“I may be slightly biased as the In-frame Shaker is my favourite kitchen range (closely followed by Ovolo!), but I truly think that 1909 has transformed our window display. Not only has it solved all of our problems when dealing with customers who are already interested in the design, but we’ve also seen an increased interest in In-frame Shaker kitchens in general.”
What is your favourite part of the display?
“I would definitely say the Pantry Dresser takes the top spot for me. It’s such a unique feature of the kitchen that adds lots of extra storage while creating a beautiful statement. We feel that it adds a very premium look and our customers seem to love it. It’s definitely eye-catching.”
What has the customer response been? Do they like your new display?
“They love it! We’ve had so much interest in the range since putting it on display, and customers tend to spend a lot of time looking around and paying attention to all the beautiful features the kitchen offers. We’re really pleased with how its being received.”
What would be your top tips for those planning a kitchen?
“First of all, it’s important to make sure you have an understanding of how you’d like to use the space and how it needs to fit to your lifestyle. Once you have this idea in place, you can alter it to suit the appliances and accessories that will need a home in your kitchen, whether this be on a worksurface or tucked away in a cupboard.
“Try to think about maximising storage and worktop space, making sure everything will have a place, and you will have enough space to go about your daily tasks such as cooking and food preparation.
“It’s also important to not let yourself get too daunted by the style and colour in the initial planning stages. There’s a huge choice and it can be overwhelming, but this can be decided later in the process when you have a clear idea of layout and requirements. If you’re really struggling for inspiration, your retailer will be there to help!”
What kitchen trends do you see being popular this year?
Dark colours are set to be big this year, like Hartforth Blue and Copse Green from 1909. They’re perfect for creating a sophisticated statement alongside a more neutral palette. We’re so happy that we chose Hartforth Blue for the feature island in our new display- it pairs beautifully with Putty and has seen a lot of interest!
We’ve also had a lot more enquiries from customers looking for the industrial look lately, searching for a spacious, clean and linear style so I predict this will continue to grow in popularity in 2019.
Lastly, why do you think people should turn to an independent showroom for their new kitchen?
Choosing an independent showroom guarantees you a personal experience that is hard to find in a chain supplier. Our kitchen designers take pride in spending valuable time with our customers, discussing their plans, wishes and the details of each project in depth so that we can be certain our customers get the kitchen of their dreams. We stick with a project from start to finish, enabling it runs smoothly and we get the ideal end result.
Find out more about Interiors 4 Living: http://www.interiors4living.co.uk/
Follow Interiors 4 Living on Instagram to see more of their showroom and kitchen designs: https://www.instagram.com/interiors4living_/?hl=en
For more information on our Shaker range: http://1909kitchens.co.uk/kitchens/shaker