After easy ways to brighten up the heart of the home? Sam Wylie-Harris selects the freshest new-season kitchenware and accessories

WITH so many eye-popping patterns and funky designs being dished out, there couldn't be a better time to freshen up your kitchen with some new accessories.

And no matter how large or small the space, key pieces such as a coffee machine (Nespresso have a new mini model), casserole dish and decorative tableware look great on open shelving, while even the latest recycling bin is stylish enough to want to make room for.

Here's our shortlist of various kitchen collectables and practical pieces for table tops and work surfaces. Who knows, it may even inspire some creative cooking...

1. Alessi Espresso Coffee Maker Pulcina, available in red and black, from £59.95,

Create a cafe society feel... Italian designer Michele De Lucchi has teamed up with Alessi to produce this cutting-edge coffee maker cast in shiny aluminium with a red or black finish.

Chard & Ilminster News: Alessi Espresso Coffee Maker Pulcina. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Alessi

2. Anthropologie Sally Muir Dog-a-Day Dessert Plate - French Bulldog, £14; Gilded Monogram Glass Tumbler, £14; Set of 6 Assorted Colours Latte Bowls, £24; Turquoise Old Havana Serving Bowl, £58, and matching Old Havana Pitcher, £38, John Lewis

If you're pulled in all directions and can't make up your mind on a colour code, try mixing and matching. There may be the odd clash, but eclectic is totally cool. Chard & Ilminster News: John Lewis Anthropologie collection. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/John Lewis

3. Flamingo & Pineapple Nest of 3 Stacked Bowls, £55,

With just the right measure of kitsch, we love these quirky measuring bowls, featuring pink flamingos, which (depending on your appetite) can double up and be used for breakfast cereal, soups and puds. Chard & Ilminster News: Flamingo & Pineapple Nest of 3 Stacked Bowls. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Fenella Smith

4. Pink Mixer with Bowl and Attachments, currently reduced to £59.99 from £179.99,

This pink stand mixer will whisk the smoothest batter to perfection - and look pretty on your counter top all year round.  Chard & Ilminster News: Pink Mixer with Bowl and Attachments. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Studio

5. Rory Dobner Beautiful Buildings Plates, from £36-£66 each,

The next best thing to a grand entrance, this monochrome plate is the perfect building block to illustrating your dream home. Chard & Ilminster News: Rory Dobner Beautiful Buildings plate. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Rory Dobner

6. Statement Teacups, £2 each, Flying Tiger Copenhagen (in store only)

Comic-inspired decos are all the rage right now; these wacky cups will add extra punch to your morning cuppa. Chard & Ilminster News: Statement Teacups, Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Studio

7. Emma Bridgewater Indian Sponge Collection Small Tureen, £39.95; Half Pint Mug £19.95; Dinner Plate, £19.95; Side Plate, £17.95, and Large Fluted Dish £49.95, (available from February 26)

Inspired by hand-blocked prints on Indian cotton, we love Emma Bridgewater's "new star of the kitchen table" Indian Sponge range, with its simple pattern that will make any dish you serve look even more delicious. Chard & Ilminster News: Emma Bridgewater Indian Sponge collection. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Emma Bridgewater

8. Nespresso Essenza Mini Magimix Lime Green, D30, £89.99,

Snazzy spring colour: tick. Compact size: tick. Guaranteed great tasting coffee: tick. No mess: tick. What's not to love about Nespresso's new mini motor? Chard & Ilminster News: Nespresso Essenza Mini Magimix Lime Green D30. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Nespresso

9. Orla Kiely 70s Oval Enamel Casserole Pan - Red, £85,

With a fun Seventies-inspired floral print, and matching flower kitchenware available separately, this could inspire a super satisfying chicken casserole or beef bourguignon supper. Chard & Ilminster News: Orla Kiely 70s Oval Enamel Casserole Pan. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Amarai

10. Leon Terracotta Tagine - Red, £65; Wok Set, £40, and Granite and Oak Pestle and Mortar, £45, John Lewis

With the Chinese New Year celebrations kicking off, why not try blending the flavours of Oriental chicken tagine with 'lucky foods' such as noodles, to channel some happiness and longevity - with some super-stylish kit, of course. Chard & Ilminster News: John Lewis Leon collection. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/John Lewis

11. Brabantia Bo Touch Bin with 1 Inner Bucket - 36 litre - Daisy Yellow, £149,

Waste not, want not... With easy waste disposal, sturdy legs and plenty of capacity, this daffodil-yellow touch bin can hold all your glass, paper and plastics ready for you to recycle in style.Chard & Ilminster News: Brabantia Bo Touch Bin. Picture: PA Photo/Handout/Brabantia