This summer we saw the return of one of our long-time designers, Emma, after a few years living and working in Cyprus. While we’ve missed her presence and expertise over the last four years, the team – and all our customers – are delighted to have her back.
Joining the Manchester showroom as a Designer, Emma comes with a wealth of experience. She studied Interior Design at college as was snapped up by Kitchen Design Centre as soon as she’d finished, joining the Colne team as a design assistant in 2002.
It wasn’t long before Emma moved to a Designer role, producing wow-factor kitchens for many of our customers. In fact, she was so good at all things design she quickly became the Blackburn Showroom Manager, before moving to the Manchester showroom to fill their vacant managerial position.
It didn’t take Emma long to get back into the swing of things, with design not being too different from when she left. “The main changes in kitchen design over the last few years has been in the use of texture and colour,” says Emma. “A lot more textures are being used now – from concrete looking doors to options of either matte and shiny surfaces. Back in 2011, before I left, all kitchens were predominantly gloss,” she explains. Another design trend Emma loves is the move to more vibrant colour schemes. “Teals and purple walls have worked their way into kitchen design, along with interesting textures – I think it looks great!” she says.
Perhaps the most radical change in kitchen design over recent years has been the appliances – which are very different to when Emma last worked in interior design. “Appliances have come a long way – Neff are brilliant. Their appliances are a lot more sleek and design-led,” she comments.
So what can you expect from Emma and her kitchens over the next year or two?
Emma’s speciality is working with colours. She loves putting together colour schemes and creating mood boards, which help a customer to fully visualise their kitchen.
As a people person, Emma fits the role of Designer perfectly. She gets on superbly with every single one of her customers and sees this as vital to creating the best final product.
Popular with all her current clients, Emma is currently creating a whole range of sleek, design-led kitchens using the popular grey and white colour palette.
When working with Emma you get so much more than just a kitchen. From focal points to curtain fabrics, Emma gets to the heart of interior design to make sure you’re left with a kitchen you love.
If you’re looking for something different Emma will design it! With a love of all things quirky and industrial, Emma dreams of helping out clients who’re looking for something more radical in their kitchen design.
…and her advice to Kitchen Design Centre customers?
“Browse interiors magazines, take a look at Houzz.com and begin pinning your dream kitchen on Pinterest. There’s so much inspiration around.”