This month we welcome Matt Baker, a designer from our Tunbridge Wells showroom, to discuss all things interiors.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I’m Matt, one of the designers in the Harvey Jones Tunbridge Wells showroom. From conception to sign off, I work with my clients to ensure their requirements are met and kitchens are designed to a standard I would expect in my own home.
2. What is your design mantra?
The details are not the details, they make the design.
3. What is your kitchen like at home?
Simplistic but with substance – open plan. I take design inspiration from and am a huge fan of, the mid-century. That era loved simplicity, dark woods, social areas and cheese plants – it took the design to another level.
4. What inspires your work? Where do you go for inspiration?
My work is largely inspired by my clients, this can be anything having an idea for a drinks area to a large island for socialising and homework. An inspiration for me is usually along the lines of trade journals, the RIBA website or a trip to the V&A museum depending on the exhibit.
5. What are your first considerations when designing a new kitchen?
Space is key as well as the flow of the kitchen and how it’s balanced around family life.
6. What projects have you found the most rewarding and why?
I love to work with people who care about the space, there’s nothing sadder than a kitchen that is never used. I’ve worked on some lovely projects where the client and I have shared the same vision and passions, which is very rewarding.
7. What do you try to avoid?
Too many complicated areas; it’s very easy to lose focus and disappear down a rabbit hole. Details matter but don’t forget that a camel is a horse designed by committee!
8. How has kitchen design changed over the last five years?
Personally, I feel that kitchen design has changed for the better in the last five years, gone are the days of pale wood cabinets and dark worktops – thankfully…
9. What kitchen trends do you predict in 2019?
In my eyes, it’s leaning now towards clean lines, bold paint colours and simple stones. Natural wood accents and handles that sync the whole look are always something to look for as well.
10. Do you have any tips for homeowners embarking on a new kitchen project?
To be honest, marketplace education is vital as some companies choose to spend more on flash adverts than their cabinets. Also, don’t try to over complicate things, a Harvey Jones Kitchen speaks for itself.
Alternatively, request our new brochure for more design inspiration or book a complimentary design appointment today.