Sarah Cooper is one of Rencraft’s Senior Designers, with a keen eye for colour and a flare for the latest trends.

Here she shares her thoughts on the perfect summer kitchen…

“If you want to create a summer kitchen with a lot of natural light then the growing trend for bi-folding doors is the perfect way to fill a room with sunshine and invite the outside in. Enhancing this bright look with fresh greens and blues is an increasingly popular choice and a great scheme for summer. Natural woods and plenty of leafy plants keep this look warm, and the zing delivered by bright accessories adds a summery edge.

Clever storage solutions will always be a crucial part of any kitchen and open shelving is one idea you may like to consider. This practical solution for kitchen spaces is an ideal alternative to traditional cabinets. By displaying items on open shelves you not only make them easier to access but completely personalise the whole kitchen. The welcoming design invites guests to grab a glass and help themselves to a cool drink, creating a friendly and attractive family space.

Combining different textures and materials is another trend which looks set to stay. Beautiful hand-painted cabinets accessorized with mirrored plinths and splash-backs create a real sense of contrast in the kitchen, adding interest and urging people to come in and explore. Retro style tiles are also becoming increasingly popular, as are metallic handles and light fixtures – most notably in warmer shades such as bronze, brass or copper.

One increasingly popular way to achieve a bright, colourful summer look is by including a distinct island unit in the centre of the room. These independent islands can be painted in a bolder colour choice which not only looks amazing but also creates a central space for people to congregate. For a kitchen that can comfortably handle large gatherings during the summer months, it is important to ensure that it flows and works well. These open plan spaces achieve this perfectly and also allow the chef to socialise without having to run back and forth between the cooking and the dining areas.”