From cool colors to cabinetry, these latest kitchen designs are all ahead of the curve.
With cool new kitchen brands popping up and lots of innovative design ideas on display in kitchen showrooms across the country, there are plenty of on-trend looks and state-of-the-art appliances to pick from.
1. STONE AGE
It’s the time of strongly veined marble, the busier the better for unmissable luxury and next-level style. If there’s one thing that’s storming the style charts and shaking up interiors, it’s the return of marble.
2. ASH BACK
Out of fashion for a while, wood is now enjoying a bit of a revival. Use subtle-grained ash, paler than oak or walnut, to pick out the warm tones in manmade stone.
3. DARK DRAMA
Often overlooked as purely an ‘accent’ color, black walls, cabinetry, and work surfaces are having something of a moment. Black becomes livable, luxe and inviting, with textured woods adding rustic, homely charm.
4. COLOUR POP
Throw the rulebook out of the window in favor of unexpected paint-color pairings. Kitchens are rife with colour opportunities, from appliances and flooring, to window treatments and cabinets.
Start by deciding how much of a permanent commitment you are willing to make. One of the easiest and least expensive options is to paint a wall that can be easily updated should you tire of it. Choosing color is such a personal experience – in fact, no one knows for sure whether we all even see the myriad shades in the same way.
The colors we choose automatically are naturally influenced by current fashions. The color in a kitchen – be it on walls or fittings – should last for at least five years, minimum, so try to look beyond immediate trends and choose a color that will keep you feeling good long term.
5. DOUBLE ISLANDS
With the move towards larger kitchens, in open-plan spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature. A pair of island units has become the last work in luxury, an expansive addition for when space is no object.
6. HANDLELESS DESIRE
The latest contemporary designs are all about multi-tasking, free-flowing design with a paired-back look. Technological advances in push-open and close doors means that it has become possible to dispense with handles in both wall and base cabinets. If you prefer not to have push-open cupboards, then recessed handles provide the same sleek look and can be lined with contrasting colors and materials to add interest.
Handleless kitchen cabinets are one of the biggest trends for 2020 for a more pared-back, streamlined look. It’s all about simplicity and a focus on cabinetry details.
7. LARDER LOVE
Larder cupboards, sometimes known as pantry cupboards, have been kitchen staples for centuries and, in the last few years, have established themselves as one of the must-have items in modern homes.
Having a larder makes perfect sense. All the food goods are in one place and not scattered around in numerous wall cupboards, meaning people can be more organized when doing their food shopping.
The other great advantage of a larder and its storage capacity is that a kitchen no longer needs to be full of wall cupboards. It frees up entire walls to either be left free or have an attractive piece of artwork in the kitchen which in turn helps it feel less like a kitchen and instead more of a relaxed environment, perfect for open plan living areas.
8. WALNUT WONDER
We have recently seen a rise in walnut cabinetry. It’s rich, dark color, fine grain, and natural warmth is prized by makers for its feeling of instant luxury.
9. GOING FOR GOLD
Now that taps are available in a wide choice of colors and finishes, sinks are following, too. Aesthetics have made an impact in wet areas just as they have in furniture and appliance design, with color, shape, size, and material heavily influenced by the overall look of the room.
Sinks have moved up on the scale of importance in kitchen design. Models are introduced to meet customers’ demands for a sink which, in addition to being purely functional, also makes a definitive style statement.