This year has sped by and we’re excited to see what the next year New Year brings in terms of kitchen design. The last couple of years have seen the arrival of trends and design features that look to challenge stereotypes on how a kitchen looks and what we do there; so we’re intrigued to see what emerges in 2017. We thought we’d see out 2016 with the customary end of year blog post and take a look at some of our favourites.
Neutral colours have always been a popular choice for kitchens, and we’ve seen a twist on the theme with an increase in the use of soft pastels. Colours included duck-egg blue, stone grey, pale mint and even subtle lemon. While white has always been the go to colour for a light and airy effect, this year kitchen designers have softened the look with gently toned shades of white such as Porcelain, Cashmere and Alabaster.
Technology is always on the move and this year we’ve seen great advancements in kitchen technology. From hidden charging stations with pop-up plug sockets to integrated weighing scales for the chef – it was all about making day to day life easier. Smart appliances have arrived in the kitchen with examples like Siemens Home Connect – allowing us to control our kitchen from our smart phones on the go. With the trend for entertaining at home continuing we’ve also seen a rise in integrated coffee machines and wine coolers, perfect for keeping guests happy whatever the occasion.
Open plan spaces have become a popular phenomenon, and we’ve seen this go one step further this year with colour palettes and design features creating a sense of unity throughout the living, dining and kitchen spaces. The kitchen is now the focal point of the house – used for family living and entertaining rather than solely for cooking and cleaning. With dining areas moving into the kitchen the traditional kitchen table has left us, with breakfast bars and kitchen islands seen as common alternatives.
Say goodbye to awkward table lamps and exposed lighting cables, and hello to great new ways to light up your kitchen, with options such as under-cabinet and LED strip lighting. Highlight feature areas like an attractive kitchen island or the mantle over your range cooker as well as creating a soft, welcoming atmosphere.
We love gadgets for their ability to make everyone’s life that little bit easier. Smart ideas for storage were popular this year and clever solutions made organising, finding and using your favourite ingredients a breeze. There’s so much to choose from – magic corners, carousels, cupboard pull-outs – you name it there’s a design solution for it!
Traditional never gets old and this year has been no different. We’ve seen a lot of contemporary takes on the country designs, mixing classic and modern styles together. Traditional kitchens were brought bang up to date with touches like boutique handles and integrated appliances. We’ve also reinvigorated our clients’ traditional kitchens with a burst of fresh, bright colours or an impressive curved island. This mix and match approach works extremely well and we think this is one that will continue into the new year.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our favourite 2016 kitchen trends. We would like to thank all our clients who trusted us to deliver a beautiful and practical design for one of the most important rooms in their home – it has been a pleasure to push design boundaries with your unique, bespoke kitchens. If you’d like to know about the coming trends for next year keep your eyes peeled for our next blog where we will discuss the kitchen trends for 2017.