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Whether you’re living in a two-bedroom starter home or a six-bedroom luxury property, the kitchen is no longer a place merely to prepare meals and then wash dishes; it’s fast becoming the heart of the house.

For this reason, the importance of culinary design is growing. Depending upon the size and style of the house, units can be traditional or modern, but, like all interiors, they are susceptible to fashion.

Kitchens painted in a flat finish are still popular with the majority of homeowners, with cream and black being the leading tones. But alongside the plain wood and smooth surfaces, a splash of colour is slowly creeping back.

“The latest designs all seem to be very elegant and sleek, often in high gloss white and black hues,” says Holly Sleight, brand manager for Rangemaster and Falcon. “They are all streamlined, with very simple designs and few handles.”

She says that it is because of the simple designs that people are deciding to use appliances to bring colour into the kitchen to make their mark.

“People are putting a theme to these areas through colour. They are choosing to have cherry red cookers, fridges and sinks against plain coloured sideboards.

“Whereas once kitchens were simply places in which the cooking was done, now they are becoming the family room that people are spending more time in. And as such they are always on show and people want to make the most of them.

The new Lunar sink from Rangemaster is priced from £323 and is available in a range of bright colours, all of which can be combined and contrasted.

It is also cheaper to accessorise in the kitchen than to create a whole new colour scheme for a room – if you get bored you can always just replace the appliances rather than going for a whole new kitchen.

But with such individual designs, if you do want to move you will have to take everything, plus the kitchen sink.

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