If you’re thinking about investing in a new kitchen this year, here’s what those in the know are predicting to be this year’s hottest trends…
“Fusion is the new buzzword in kitchens,” says Tony McCarthy of Crown Imperial, “where consumers increasingly look to shape a ‘holistic’ kitchen design – simply a ‘smart’ space that maximises every available square inch and creates practical, social and stylish zones that flow on every level. The 2017 kitchen palette will continue to focus on subtle calming neutrals and texture, with pairing of light and dark tones including using wood styles to add warmth. We suggest selecting cabinetry materials and finishes that provide you with the versatility to offer a complete living solution; often a room may have more than one use - open plan kitchen and living room – so storage and styles need to be flexible to your lifestyle needs. Ergonomics play a key role in creating a practical kitchen space, so consider drawers to maintain the visual simplicity and provide easy access with handleless styles to fuse all zones together.”
“A monochromatic palette is a typically popular choice for the kitchen,” advises Daniele Brutto, co-founder at Hub Kitchens, “and can offer a timeless look. However for 2017, organic, natural tones will start to make an appearance. Taking inspiration from the great outdoors, fawn and sage hues, sky blues, earthy tones and pearlescent shades will give the kitchen a calming, sophisticated feel. Look to the Dulux Colour of the Year 2017, Denim Drift, a versatile colour that can be complemented with soft pastels as much as brighter shades. Those daring to be different should look to Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery, for a bold and vibrant statement.”
“Grey has long been a popular colour choice for interiors,” explains Graeme Smith, senior designer at Biography Kitchens, “however there’s a definite trend now towards deeper and stronger tones and we are seeing black making a welcome return throughout the home. However, to give it a softer and warmer feel, a matte finish is key to ensure the scheme is not too sombre or overpowering. “Tactility, character, mixing materials and the art of layering are also important elements to introduce to a décor that is predominantly black. In kitchens and open-plan living schemes this can be from a honed or leathered worktop or character timber accent area to keep the look balanced, whilst also adding interest and helping to define areas for different tasks. Black matte evokes a sense of belonging but also has longevity. It can be equally at home in a contemporary or classic scheme. In a modern interior black matte can create a semi-industrial look and works well with edgy materials such as concrete. Classic designs will see a more informal homely style developing that appears to have evolved effortlessly over time with materials such as plush velvet and wool in accessories mixed in to soften the scheme.”
According to Alno, a reoccurring interior trend, which is set to be even bigger for 2017, is open-plan living with a particular emphasis on monolithic kitchen furniture. Think large kitchen islands in big open-plan kitchen/dining/living rooms and tall cabinets offering plenty of storage space and somewhere to conceal utensils and appliances while the room is used for work or entertaining. Spacious open-plan rooms are also perfect for mixing contrasting materials and finishes. ALNO’s new Ferro Bronze - a striking bronze metal-effect with a burnished industrial look - is juxtaposed against a pure and minimal high-gloss white, creating a blend of textures, tones and trends together in one room.
Pete Sherry, category manager for LochAnna Kitchens, says, “The use of bold colours will phase out and instead we’ll see more earthy tones and woodgrains. Designers still currently prefer to hide small kitchen appliances, therefore food processors and kettles will find homes in tall larders with a preference towards deep drawers and intelligent high quality storage solutions. Both style and practicality will be increasingly present as designers look to create the wow factor. Technology is also rapidly developing in the contemporary home leaving the kitchen as no exception. In the New Year there will be more of a focus on appliances such as integrated speakers with Bluetooth functionality, colour changing lights and even pop-up sockets for phone charging, giving traditional kitchens a subtle, modern twist.”
Beswick Stone is seeing an emerging trend forwood-effect tiles, which capture the beauty of real wood but have the added benefit of easy maintenance. Its latest collection of porcelains tiles includes parquet and floorboard effects in a wide range of realistic wood tones.
Impervious to water, more resistant to wear and tear than wood and easier to maintain, porcelain tiles are a practical choice for high traffic areas such as kitchens, and as the tiles are thinner and more thermally efficient than wood, they are the ideal choice for use with electric and wet underfloor heating. Beswick’s Parquet range is available in four shades (Biondo, Bruno, Grigio and Neutro) that can be mixed together to mimic the variances of a real wood parquet floor. Tiles can be laid either in a classic herringbone pattern or in a block design for a more contemporary look.
“A popular trend for 2017 is mixed material kitchens,” says Simon Bodsworth, managing director of Daval, “where an eclectic combination of styles, warm materials and painted finishes are being used to create individuality and interest. As a result, time-honoured techniques, hand spraying over engineering, bespoke colours and finishing continue to elevate the kitchen with new paint innovations hitting the UK market and providing even more design advantage to us and our homes.For instance, Daval’s Porcelain Nature finish is manufactured in paint grade foil - an exclusive painted wood effect. This unique laminate door has significant design advantages when compared to a painted veneer cabinet. Delivering a greater consistency of colour thanks to its impregnable laminate surface texture, this door design is able to take on unique colour and texture thanks to its highly scratch resistant properties.”