The festive hub - Kitchens come into their own at Christmas, so what’s hot right now? Acclaimed designer Tim Moss tells Olivia Hubbard it’s all about creating space

The festivities are fast approaching, meaning we are eagerly composing our Christmas food lists and preparing for hibernation in our functional kitchens. A man who knows all about just that is North Londoner Tim Moss. Inside Tim’s stylish showroom, contemporary clean lines mimic absolute style, where he creates kitchens that will stand the test of time: think cutting edge storage solutions and spaces that generate utter calm.

 Cyma Reversa moulding on the doors for a traditional manor style

Cyma Reversa moulding on the doors for a traditional manor style

On the subject of current trends, Tim says bespoke contemporary design is the fresh approach to traditional living. ‘Customers are becoming more aware of the less fitted kitchen trend,’ he explains. Tim uses earthy tones of a soothing palette depending on the light, explaining the importance of space. ‘You really need to consider the room as a whole,’ he begins.

‘So many homes and gardens are now designed to “flow” together. An important and often overlooked detail is the colour of any framework between house and garden. Choosing an earthy toned green/grey can have an enormous effect in the grander scheme of things, softening the boundary between inside and out,’ he says.

 Savoy Cabbage painted by Jane Wormell

Savoy Cabbage painted by Jane Wormell

By way of example, Tim’s kitchen boasts an innovative gold footed ‘Savoy Cabbage’ cabinet. His artist wife, Jane Wormell, paints the striking images featured on the cabinet, creating its unique charm. Talking of family, how does he approach Christmas? ‘Traditionally,’ he smiles, saying holly and ivy are the preferred house decoration of choice. ‘My son tries to place cannonball sized baubles at the front of our tree each year,’ he adds with a laugh. ‘Then small ones hang in annoying places like the kitchen cupboard doors!’ Lucky, then, that Tim and his family have plenty of space in that part of the house.