& PRACTICAL INTERIOR SPACES
Sarah de Waard talks to multi-award winning designer Lou Roberts from Kitchen Design Centre about her passion for making dream kitchens a reality
After studying Interior Design at Bolton University, Lou Roberts was keen to use her skills to create practical yet stylish spaces that make the most of a property.
Since joining Kitchen Design Centre in 2014 Lou has certainly made her mark, and has built an enviable reputation for her ability to realise clients’ dream kitchens.
Lou tells me: “Designing kitchens is a real passion, and encompasses a lot of the skills of an interior designer such as spatial planning, creative problem solving and ensuring a scheme fits well together and is practical for the user whilst looking fantastic.”
“I am involved in the whole process, from the initial consultations to measuring up and using our state-of-the-art rendering system so clients can visualise the design, right through to the project management and assisting with any finishing touches. It’s a great feeling seeing the customer’s reaction to the final result and knowing you have helped shape that vision.”
“I like to visit my clients’ houses and get a feel for their style and likes and dislikes before we come up with a design. It’s good to get an understanding of how they use the space and what’s important to them, and pull in elements of their personality.”
Each kitchen project is entirely bespoke, and project managed from conception to completion. This unique approach ensures that the client gets the kitchen that they want whilst retaining a single point of contact for the entirety of the project.
“The process is completely individual as each kitchen is made to order to a client’s exact specifications, meaning there is no limit in terms of what we can do,” explains Lou. “My job never gets boring because every space is unique and it’s great to have the creative freedom to create something extraordinary.”
Kitchen Design Centre specialises in modern German kitchens, and this style and aesthetic is apparent in the high-quality, stunning room spaces that seamlessly marry functionality and design.
Lou’s most recent project was to fit a modern kitchen in a recently completed extension for Stuart and Sharon Bryce in the small village of Heapey near Chorley.
Stuart tells me: “We had previously used Kitchen Design Centre many years ago in another property, and although we looked around this time, we came back to them as we knew that their quality and design service was second to none. We had an idea of what we were looking for and Lou really helped us to get exactly what we wanted, whilst coming up with some ideas and solutions that we hadn’t originally thought of.
“Lou was incredibly helpful and polite and always available when we had any questions. She ensured everything ran smoothly and on budget. We didn’t want to cut corners and she knew exactly what our vision was for the end result. The finish and quality is excellent and we know that the kitchen will give us pleasure for many years to come.”
“We are really reaping the benefits of the new space now it’s finished and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lou and the Kitchen Design Centre to anyone looking for a new kitchen.”
While Lou is based at Blackburn branch, for a free, no obligation consultation pop into any one of the Kitchen Design Centre’s state-of-the-art showrooms or give them a call
Blackburn BB1 9AZ
Whitewalls, Colne BB8 8LD
The Crescent, Wickentree Lane
Manchester M35 9AY
0161 681 5061