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The essential ingredients for your perfect kitchen

If you're preparing to replace or simply reinvigorate your kitchen, spring is the ideal time to gather ideas and plan your space. And, if you're seeking inspiration, you'll find all the essential ingredients for a kitchen to suit your style and budget at Leekes.

As the social hub of the home and a multi-functional space, the kitchen should be a practical, versatile and stylish area where you'll want to spend time with the family but also an area that coordinates with your existing décor. Take a look at our top tips for the perfect kitchen.

Creative Colours
Trends will change with the seasons but most recent industry forecast suggests that a neutral palette with muted creams and whites joined by a renaissance of heritage shades such as oyster grey, duck egg blue and sage green will be very popular this year. Even in these soft neutral hues, painted wood kitchens are both versatile and hard wearing ensuring they can withstand the challenges of family life and deliver a stylish kitchen that will stand the test of time.

Storage Solutions
Maximise your space with concealed storage solutions designed to keep clutter to a minimum. Even in compact kitchens incorporate magic corners, revolving carousels, integral shelving and flip out drawers for an overall design that's ideal for a multi-tasking space.

Layered Lighting
Effective and stylish lighting is becoming more important as large, open plan kitchens become the primary entertaining centre of the home. The days of the long fluorescent tube are thankfully behind us and lighting should be layered, combining directional task with softer ambient lighting - after all, illumination that is merely functional is a real no-no when creating an alluring living space.

Worktops & Splashbacks
Add character to your kitchen with a unique worktop and splashback combination - whether coordinating or contrasting. Natural colours create an understated look which allows pops of colour to be used in the decorative layer. These are seamless, easy to clean and slightly reflective, adding a lovely polished finish to the kitchen.

Integrated Appliances
To add the gadget factor to your kitchen consider integrated appliances for a seamless finish. For convenience consider the daily tasks that need to be completed (such as cooking, cooling and washing) and then add the latest innovations if required. The new kitchen must have is a Quooker – the tap that instantly dispenses hot water, currently on display at Leekes.

The Leekes up to half price sale is now on plus interest free credit ends this weekend. For more information about the Kitchen Studio at your nearest Leekes store contact 0845 015 7749 or online at kitchens.leekes.co.uk.

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