We discover Kellyville Kitchens designer Jean Hill’s design process, inspiration, her views on current trends and most valuable kitchen renovation advice
How long have you been a designer?
I’ve been designing kitchens for 21 years.
What inspired you to begin your career?
I started out as an architectural draftsperson, but was always drawn to the interior details which made the house a comfortable and functional home.
What are your unique selling points/expertise/points of difference?
I don’t consider myself to be a great salesperson, but prefer to let my ideas, product and design presentation, and personable approach do the selling. I like to keep a good balance between listening to my clients requests, while also encouraging them to think outside the box.
Have you won awards in your industry/field?
A kitchen I designed was a finalist in the 2017 FIAA Awards for best kitchen in the $35,000 – $60,000 price category
Are there any trends coming through in 2018 that readers should know about?
While white cabinets will always be popular, the trend is turning towards deep colours like dark greys, navy and black, complimented by Gold, Gunmetal, Rose Gold and Copper handles and tapware. The use of technology such as USB ports, internet refrigerators and sensor activated tapware is also on the increase.
Have you exceeded expectations in form/function?
I remember a client who had a very dated curved island in an irregular shaped room. He wanted to eliminate all the curves but the challenge was to cover the existing footprint as new tiles had been laid around the old cabinets. My client was delighted with the result. The new kitchen featured an irregular shaped island with modern straight lines and square edges.
See more of Jean’s work and projects at the Kellyville Kitchens website