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The Art of Great Kitchen Design: Setting Designers Apart

Ross Halliday

The Art of Great Kitchen Design: Setting Designers Apart

As a kitchen designer at Nicholas Hythe Kitchens, I take immense pride in our unique approach. Great kitchen design is a blend or art and science, and not just about where cabinets, appliances and plumbing best fit, can be squeezed in or suits the designer. In this article, ‘The Art of Great Kitchen Design: What sets our Designers Apart’ I hope to provide insights into our design philosophy and how it sets us apart in the world of kitchen design.

As a business we believe that exceptional kitchen design goes far beyond aesthetics; it’s about understanding our clients, innovating, and helping them make choices that meet their requirements and aspirations. It’s no accident that we’re called Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio! My design colleagues are all experienced kitchen designers and not just room planners or surveyors as many of our ‘big box’ competitors are, and our approach goes far beyond the conventional methods employed by many of them.

Client-Centred Design:

Our journey begins with you, the homeowner. We don’t merely design kitchens; we genuinely try to craft spaces that resonate with your lifestyle and preferences. To achieve this, we engage in in-depth conversations to truly understand your needs and lifestyle aspirations. Your unique vision guides our process and starts at the very outset as part of the incredibly important initial survey.

Setting Realistic Expectations:

Honesty is at the core of our work. We set realistic expectations from the outset. We won’t promise the impossible, but we will provide practical solutions that meet your requirements. For instance, if space is limited, we’ll suggest ingenious storage solutions like pull-out pantry shelves to optimise every inch. Or, whether you have the space for a kitchen island or recommending a peninsula unit would be better.

Safety and Good Ergonomics:

Safety and ergonomics in kitchen design is not normally at the forefront of most clients’ minds in the excitement of having a new kitchen!  However, for my design colleagues and I it’s crucial to prioritise the importance of safety and ergonomics in the kitchen design process. A well-designed kitchen should not only enhance the aesthetic appeal and functionality but also ensure a safe and comfortable environment for daily tasks.

Functionality and Aesthetics in Harmony:

At Nicholas Hythe Kitchens, we believe that a great kitchen should seamlessly blend functionality and aesthetics to create great design. To achieve this, we dive deep into understanding how you use your kitchen daily. If you’re a family with young children, we prioritise safety and easy maintenance. If you’re an aspiring chef, we create a gourmet haven with top-notch appliances.

We take pride in creating visual masterpieces. Colours, textures, and materials are meticulously chosen to form a cohesive, inviting space. Every element, down to the cabinet hardware, user-friendly storage solutions, appliances appropriate for your lifestyle and lighting fixtures, are all selected to complement the overall design.

Attention to Detail:

Details matter, and we don’t overlook a single one. Even the tiniest aspects receive our full attention. For instance, the hardware we select for cabinets isn’t just functional; it’s a statement piece that enhances the kitchen’s style. Our innovative spirit shines when we encounter challenges, like an awkward corner. We transform these issues into opportunities, designing custom solutions that maximise space and functionality.

Quality Over Quantity:

In today’s world of mass production, we prioritise quality over quantity. We invest in quality materials and skilled artisans who craft kitchens to last a lifetime. This not only guarantees durability but also adds a unique touch to every project.

Collaborative Partnership:

At Nicholas Hythe Kitchens, we don’t work in isolation. We collaborate closely with you throughout the design process. Your feedback is invaluable, and we incorporate your ideas to ensure the final design reflects your personality and lifestyle. This collaborative approach ensures that your kitchen becomes a true reflection of your vision.

In Conclusion:

In summary, our approach to kitchen design is rooted in client-centred design, honesty, functionality, and aesthetics. We genuinely pay meticulous attention to detail, to the point where we normally undertake three different surveys before we start the work, prioritise quality, and seek meaningful collaboration with our clients – a cornerstone of our longevity. I hope that this article, ‘The Art of Great Kitchen Design: What sets our Designers Apart’ really demonstrates the importance of working with a professional designer and not just somebody looking to fill your room with fixtures you may not need or want.

Remember, a great kitchen is more than just a space; it’s the heart of your home. With Nicholas Hythe Kitchens, you can trust us to strike the perfect balance between beauty and functionality. Your dream kitchen is our passion, and we’re here to bring it to life.


If you’re considering transforming your kitchen into a functional and beautiful space, consider partnering with Nicholas Hythe Kitchens. Our team embodies the qualities of great kitchen designers, ensuring your dream kitchen becomes a reality. At Nicholas Hythe, Cambridgeshire’s only Trading Standards approved kitchen designers and installersour aim is to make the property renovation process as simple, efficient, safe and stress free for clients wanting to improve their family’s home. So, when you’re ready, why not book an appointment with us, free and with no-obligation?