The move towards more open plan kitchen and living spaces has meant that islands are one of the most requested features in a new kitchen design. Offering both a focal point to any design, as well as a way of bringing different rooms together; islands can create an instant ‘wow’ factor for the space, and with the popularity of TV chefs and entertaining at home, the kitchen is your backdrop.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and is no longer a space where meals are prepared out of sight of the rest of the family. Extensions and knocking down walls to improve on the space is becoming the norm; which is why your design should flow achieve a seamless transition from one space to the next.

Showcase your personality and culinary skills (or hide the lack of) by using different heights of worktops to hide messy preparation areas whereas open-shelving means that you can display the latest ‘must-have’ gadget or your prized cookbook collection. 

Although open plan works just as well with the more traditional styles as it does with modern; we’re finding that people are moving more and more towards contemporary, handleless styles as well as incorporating curves which offer a more streamlined design. 


It is important to consider, from the outset, the purpose and main use of your space and what is a must have for you. Talk to your local Symphony retailer who are experts in design; they will be able to help advise you from the beginning of your project. 

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