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New Year, New Kitchen Looks
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Once the New Year is underway, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about whether your current kitchen could do with an update. Kitchen designers are already forecasting what the upcoming trends will be so it’s an ideal opportunity to start thinking about the style, materials, storage solutions and, most importantly, the appliances you’d like in your dream design.
Classic neutrals are set to be big news this year – from pure white cabinetry to natural timber finishes, keeping it simple is where it’s at. If you like the rustic beauty of wooden furniture you’ll love the latest looks, which feature horizontal grained door fronts, reclaimed timber tops and painted feature units, which work perfectly with statement freestanding appliances. Rangemaster’s DxD fridge-freezer is a bold French-door refrigerator that comes in black, stainless steel or cream – ideal for bringing a classic or contemporary look into the kitchen.
Colour is also creeping in, with everything from the soft, subtle shades of mushroom and grey to the bold brights of blue, purple and red. Matt finishes are proving popular in terms of furniture and while high gloss is still a favourite, especially in handless designs, a muted matt surface is slowly coming through. Not only does it offer a more contemporary look, but it’s also easier to clean and shows up less fingermarks. If you’re not sure about going all-out when it comes to colourful cabinetry, pick out an accent colour and use it for an island, dresser or feature wall unit against a backdrop of white or cream. You could also introduce a splash of eye-catching colour with a Rangemaster range cooker. The Elise 110 has a Continental feel inspired by European chefs, and is available in cherry red, orange and china blue as well as five other shades.
Once you’ve chosen your colour and finish, think about the style you want to create. ‘Concealed kitchens’ are ideal for open-plan spaces if you want to keep clutter at bay. Think islands with raised breakfast bars to hide pots and pans from view, clever storage solutions such as pull-out larders, Magic Corners and deep pan drawers as well as tambour shutters on the worksurface to hide the toaster, kettle and food mixer when not in use. Other things to look for include sliding or pocket doors, handless cabinets and pop-up plug sockets.
Curved designs are also a big trend for 2014 with curvaceous cabinetry, worktops and cooker hoods teamed with sleek swan neck taps, rounded sinks and circular islands all offering a more ergonomic look. This is a style that can work just as well in small or larger rooms in classic or contemporary designs. Another key theme is mixing and matching – in both materials and furniture. Consider using two different types of worksurface, contrasting cabinet doors or even a combination of fitted and freestanding units for an eclectic, more personal approach.
Now is also the ideal time to ask your designer about opening up the kitchen onto the garden, bringing the outdoors in and blurring the boundaries between the two spaces using bi-fold or sliding glass doors. If this is an option, it’s a great way to create a sense of space in all weathers while also giving you the opportunity to take the party outside when entertaining. If you are going down the single-storey extension route, try to incorporate some skylights or roof lanterns to let the natural light flood in.
If you need additional inspiration, I always find that making a moodboard really helps. Tear out pictures of kitchens from magazines, keep cuttings from brochures, use paint and fabric swatches – even flooring samples – and create your own wish-list of ideas and essentials for your new space.