This Month

There’s nothing like an anniversary or milestone to get the excitement levels rising. While the start of a new year often heralds the end of a season of celebration, here at KBB it’s only beginning.

The year 2019 marks the magazine’s 30th birthday. Three decades of décor ideas and design inspiration, more than 300 issues, countless pages, and millions of words – all to inspire, guide, and showcase your amazing projects. While the nature of magazines has changed since we launched in 1989, with the evolution of digital platforms, the romance of holding a magazine will never wane for me. I love nothing more than a moment of quiet with a coffee and a new read – and since I’m nosy, the lure of sneaking around a home via the printed page is strong. So, to mark this exciting year, we’ve been delving into the archives to discover the styles gone by. It’s fair to say some trends were real showstoppers back in their day, but they may be best left in the past. Turn to page 48 to check out kitchen designs from the late 1990s and see if you remember them. Colourful is certainly one descriptive, but the nostalgia is brilliant.

Speaking of trends, some do have a way of recurring and I’m pleased to say the new year also signals the return of the neutral. No, not beige – think warm honey shades and rich terracotta tones mixed with tactile textures. See page 24 to shop this stylish revival. We’ve also spoken to industry experts about their predictions for the new year – see what they have to say from page 42. As we kick off celebrations for our birthday, I can’t help but wonder what we’ll be saying about this year’s looks in 30 years time.

Enjoy the issue and happy new year,
Lindsay Blair, Editor

The January issue is out now.

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