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Design consultant interview - Tam Reed

I’ve been a kitchen designer for over three years and have enjoyed every minute of it! I have a degree in interior design and I love the opportunity to be truly creative; after all, every brief is different and requires a unique solution. I like my designs to be original - every kitchen should look amazing - whilst also meeting my clients’ specific requirements. The result is their dream kitchen!

The kitchen is arguably the most important room of the house, and deciding to fit a new one can be the biggest household project you’ll ever undertake. That's why it's so important to pick a company who genuinely cares about each and every customer. As a designer, my role is to find solutions that are both innovative and practical. Because every project is different I work closely with my clients to ensure their kitchen is tailored to their needs.

A large percentage of my client base comes from word of mouth. Nothing beats the feeling of being recommended - it proves both Wickes and I are providing an excellent service. I often hear that my clients show off their kitchens to friends and family who are blown away by the quality of the kitchen! I feel extremely proud to bring someone’s dream kitchen to life and, with Wickes, I know that my clients are getting a quality product at a great price.

The best advice I can give to anyone having a new kitchen is to do your research. Look through kitchen magazines and circle the things you like the look of. Show your designer examples of kitchens that you think are beautiful, or have features that suit your needs. Keep cutouts in a folder or scrap book and take pictures whenever you see something you like.

Your designer will provide you with advice on colour, trends and style, and know how to achieve the look you're going for. Remember that the more you share with them, the more elements of your personality will be embedded in your kitchen.

Personally, I love it when clients choose to mix kitchens together. Aesthetically, the painted wood Heritage Grey kitchen with a Melbourne island looks fantastic as it brings out the oak features in the Heritage. Or if you love the high gloss Masoni grey but you've got limited light, why not add some white Caledonia wall units and lighten everything up?
I often get couples who can't decide on a kitchen and my answer is always the same – have both!