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The Latest Kitchen Trends

Lucy Sutherland

Our kitchens are forever evolving as our lifestyles change in subtle ways. Kitchen trends have come a long way in the last 10 years, with our increasing love of cooking and creating beautiful food in a functional but stunning environment. 

One of the main European kitchen design fairs has just closed in Cologne, Germany. Here are some of the trends that were observed there, as well as some local design directions that are becoming more and more popular. 

1) Keeping it natural

The use of natural colours, materials and textures is a growing trend. Using real timber in kitchens, rather than the use of veneer, adds warmth and texture. There is a push towards the handmade look, with oiled or waxed timber rather than lacquer.  Stone surfaces are prevalent in a more natural form, raw and unpolished to offer real depth and character. Copper is the most popular metallic finish and is used for detailing, accessories and polished pendant lighting. 

2) The greenhouse

Now more than ever, we are seeing the use of indoor gardens appearing in our kitchens - whether it is a herb garden built into the bench top, upside down hanging pots, or a wall of green foliage. The living kitchen builds on the whole move towards a more natural living environment, surrounded by greenery that can be grown and used as we need it.

3) Dramatic black

Black is now the hot colour for kitchens. As we spend more time in our kitchens, we want them to be a really stunning and stylish space. Black makes a strong style statement and is becoming more and more popular in cabinetry and bench tops.

4) Walk-in pantries

With our increased love of cooking and entertaining at home, comes a desire for more storage space.  This year sees us moving towards large scale walk-in pantries and wine cellars. These rooms feel like part of the kitchen but provide extra preparation and storage areas hidden out of sight. 

5) Patterned splashbacks

We are now adding in contrast and texture with boldly-coloured tiles in subtle matt finishes. Patterned splashbacks are a great way to modernise an older kitchen without a huge investment. They can completely transform your space. Make your accessories around the kitchen the same colour as the splashback for a seamless look.

6) Open shelving

Open plan kitchens with fewer wall cabinets are increasing in popularity. The reduction in cabinetry enhances the feeling of spaciousness in a kitchen and allows other design features to be used in their place. Open shelving is a practical addition to a modern kitchen, allowing us to display the pieces we want to display and giving personality and a lived-in feel to the space. A combination of open shelving and cabinets is a great compromise that allows you to hide the things that you don’t want on display.

7) Luxurious metallics

Metallic finishes will continue to be a major focal point of our kitchens. There is a subtle shift away from silver, chrome and stainless steel to the slightly warmer tones of bronze, brass, copper and gold. These metals sit perfectly alongside the more subdued textures of timber and natural stone.

Designing a new kitchen is a huge investment and it is important to consider a design that will work with the way that you and your family use your kitchen and living spaces. Timber, metallic and black and white are all timeless and classic trends that will not quickly date. The simple addition of on trend accessories, greenery, interesting splashbacks and appliances will keep your kitchen right at the forefront of the latest trends. 

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