Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Kitchen
This month we’re in the mood for love – and more importantly, for cooking up a feast in the kitchen and focussing on designs with a soft, romantic feel. To get you in the zone, we’ve picked our favourite pale pink kitchens and chosen the best kit to treat a your loved one to a memorable meal for two.
LAURA ASHLEY FITTED KITCHENS LAUNCHES MOTTRAM SHAKER-STYLE DESIGN
Shaker-style kitchens are an enduring trend. A timeless and classic look full of character, it’s a design that complements all styles of property, from period houses to modern new-builds.
While the traditional in-frame door is a staple of Shaker style, there are still ways of creating a more personal and bespoke finish with different colours, colour combinations, handles, worksurfaces, appliances, walls and flooring.
Laura Ashley Fitted Furniture has announced the launch of its Mottram design, which is available in 22 Paint to Order colours, including Harbour Grey and Dusky Pink, perfect for a soft, romantic look.
It has the option of multi panelled doors on tall larders and pantries, integrated fridge-freezers, dressers and wall cabinets for a more refined look and tailored style and is available from Laura Ashley’s trusted network of selected retailers.
PROCOOK HAS THE PERFECT COOKWARE
Whatever dishes you’re planning for your romantic night in, ProCook has you covered with its Soho Cookware Set in a lovely Coral colourway and six-person fondue set in a stylish grey design.
The cookware includes an 18cm saucepan with lid, 26cm sauté pan with lid, 24cm casserole and a 24cm smart steamer insert and is suitable for most hobs including induction and is oven safe to 260˚C.
The fondue set is made from durable cast iron for long-lasting heat retention and features an enamelled interior for easy cleaning.
CUISINART’S MINI PREP PRO IN VINTAGE ROSE
Prep ingredients, chop, mix, blend and purée with Cuisinart’s cute little Mini Prep Pro, which comes in a gorgeous Vintage Rose finish. Ideal for creating your own sauces and dips for crudités, crisps and chips, it will also add a little wow factor to your worktop.
LOCHANNA KITCHENS’ NEW THISTLETON COLLECTION
If you’re planning a whole new kitchen for 2024, think pink with LochAnna Kitchens’ new Thistleton design in Porcelain and Desert Pink.
Designed to complement both classic and contemporary spaces, it embraces the emerging trend for slim, Shaker-style doors with its slender frame and silky finish. Durable and hardwearing, this design is tranquil and soothing while creating a warm welcome for family and friends.
Combine a modern stepped plinth with modular pilasters for a statement island and use beaded panels to clad the backs of glass wall units and glass-fronted drinks pantry.
CDA ADDS PASTEL RETRO COOLING
Add a nod to the nostalgic retro look in your kitchen with CDA’s new Betty refrigeration. This top-mounted fridge-freezer comes in a pretty Tea Rose pink and is ideal for smaller spaces with its 206 litre interior, internal shelving, wine rack and removable door balconies.
HILLARYS’ NEW SPRING SUMMER COLLECTION
Freshen up an open-plan kitchen or dining area with Hillarys’ new SS24 collection of blinds and curtains. These Serenity Powder Pink voile curtains and matching voile Roman blinds are perfect for the coming months. Voile curtains are ideal for daytime privacy with flexible light control and can be layered with blinds when the weather turns colder.
THE COLOUR COLLECTION BY SOPHIE ALLPORT
Homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport has launched its first capsule collection of paint colours made by bCorp certified COAT Paints. The curated compilation of 12 shades has been custom-made for Sophie Allport and features a foundation of four neutrals, four delicate shades and four statement colours. We love this Cottesmore Blush Matt Emulsion, which is perfect for a spring/summer makeover.
THINK PINK WITH SMILE KITCHENS AND SMEG
Smile Kitchens’ Jasper design is a handleless J-Profile range that is perfectly suited to this soft pink finish. Its clean lines and simple styling are the perfect platform for adding your own fun touches and personality, such as these iconic retro appliances from Smeg, below…
STAUB ADDS LOVE AND FLAVOUR FROM OVEN TO TABLE
And for the final flourish, check out STAUB’s Heart-Shaped Cocottes and Cherry Blossom Cast Iron Cocottes to cook the perfect romantic dinner.
The large Heart-Shaped Cocotte combines cast iron with matt black enamelling on the inside for excellent heat retention and thermal conductivity, which can be used in the oven, under the grill and on any hob, including induction. Meanwhile, the smaller version can be used in the oven and microwave and is great for pre-dinner nibbles or individual dessert portions.
The Cherry Blossom design meanwhile comes in a variety of sizes – 10cm, 20cm, 24cm, 26cm and 28cm – and features STAUB’s renowned matt black enamel interior and lid with tiny spikes that continually release condensed liquid back onto the food – resulting in moist, intense and flavoursome results.