Under the Spotlight: 4 Kitchen Decor Ideas to Help Your Room Sparkle

Ah, the new year. As the calendar turns to January 1st, resolution-makers across the globe wake in a blurry haze to the bleak realisation that their New Year diet and fitness routine begins today. They contemplate a morning run until around midday, at which point they give up on the whole thing entirely and decide that 2020 is going to be their year instead.

So, this year, instead of setting unrealistic goals, why not make your kitchen interior your focus in 2019 and resolve to create a loveable, functional space that’ll inspire you every day? We've teamed up with Tiles Direct to show you four kitchen decor ideas to help your kitchen positively sparkle in 2019 and beyond.

Whatever aesthetic you’re starting with, target your search towards tiles that will provide an elegant, neutral backdrop for fittings, furniture and accessories. That way, you’ll end up with a finished look that screams sophistication and is designed to stand the test of time. Check out Tiles Direct's great range of classic and modern tiles here.

 More often than not, when it comes to kitchen decor, the flooring is nothing but an afterthought. To really make your kitchen sparkle, combine fashion and function where it matters most with a set of classic kitchen tiles. Though you can guarantee virtually any type of kitchen tile will achieve that cool, contemporary look, it’s important to make an informed decision based on the type of space you’re working with and your existing design theme to ensure the final product is as harmonious as possible. Glitzy quartz tiles are renowned for adding instant opulence to any home with the help of their sparkling finish - while large-format white tiles (in polish porcelain or ceramic) will effortlessly create the illusion of additional space in your kitchen.

 To ensure your kitchen starts 2019 on top form, consider updating your kitchen appliances to create a contemporary culinary space - allowing these practical items to play their part in adding to the aesthetic of the room. Again, remember to match the style of your appliances to the room’s wider design theme for a subtle and cohesive style throughout the space. In modern kitchens, smooth, silver finishes on cutting-edge kitchen utensils and cookware will help to create an ultra-contemporary feel. If the rustic farmhouse look is more your thing, don’t make the mistake of thinking state-of-the-art appliances and accessories don’t have a place in your kitchen. Instead, seek out vintage-look items that channel retro cool while nonetheless making use of the latest design and technology innovations.

With a new year in full swing, it’s time to take matters of design into your own hands. Let these interior tips be your guide on the way to a glimmering new kitchen you’ll love spending time in through 2019 and in the years that follow.

 Worktops When it comes to your surfaces, you’ll want your worktops to be looking impossibly smooth and spotless around the clock. After all, the kitchen is a primarily functional space and, as such, it’s inevitably going to get messy every once in a while - so, selecting a worktop surface that will still sparkle after years of family dinners is vital to ensuring your kitchen holds onto its shine. Granite worktops are your best bet here, contributing to a sleek aesthetic, regardless of your overall design theme, while remaining functional and fantastically low-maintenance. Easy to clean and highly durable, granite worktops will be sure to keep your kitchen sparkling well beyond the New Year overhaul.

 Last but by no means least, your lighting choices play a crucial role in the overall aesthetic of your kitchen, and applying a healthy dose of DIY to your current lighting setup will help you to transform the space completely without making any large-scale renovations. Exposed wire pendant lights are right at home in modern and traditional kitchens alike, and can be used to emphasise kitchen furniture and features such as dining tables or kitchen islands. Alternatively, you can illuminate your fancy new flooring by installing a classic roof light fitting that will beautifully complement your tiles - or invest in stylish under-cabinet lights that bring your sleek new worktops to life.

Author bio: Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers - bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects and developers.