Graham Ball is the CEO of the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association. A former corporate chair of the association, his former employers include Merloni, Whirlpool and Philips. He also helped establish De Dietrich as a brand for independent specialists. Graham is an ardent fan of Northampton Saints, a keen golfer and a grandfather seven times over
Designs on the kitchen
Posted 16th Sep 2013
It was with great interest I read Vanessa Brady's comments in KBBDaily recently. As an interior designer and founder of the Society of British Interior Design – SBID – she was talking about the juxtaposition between the role the kitchen plays in our lives, and the minimal amount of attention we pay to 'getting it right' in comparison to other areas in our homes.
The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the home and warrants the very best design advice, a message that we at the KBSA support wholeheartedly.
In my opinion, style and functionality are too often sacrificed in place of cost. Builders and property developers come in, install the white goods that are the best buys, and the units that they can buy in bulk and put up cheaply. Personal taste doesn't come into the equation. Builders are good at building, but they are not necessarily the best at installing a kitchen; it is a specialist job that requires expertise and knowledge.
This is where a KBSA retailer comes in, a specialist that can offer everything from design expertise to project management. People need practical, workable designs with a real 'wow' factor – something that will delight them while they are in the property, and add value when it comes to moving on. That is exactly what our members are trained to do.
With the kitchen morphing into a living space, interior designers either need to be trained in this area, or they should call on the specialist KBB designer to complete the project. Conversely, kitchen designers need to consider the interior design aspects of many projects, and start to develop relationships with a qualified and accredited interior designer.