Kitchen Planning Trends
Moving away from stainless steel
Stainless steel appliances have been on trend for many years now, and bring a sophisticated and modern feel to a fitted kitchen. However, 2014 has seen a shift towards integrating warmer metals into the kitchen planning process. Metals such as copper or brass bring a more traditional feel to a kitchen and offer an alternative to stainless steel, which when overused can go from sleek and stylish to cold and characterless. Why not try some copper handles, or a custom copper extractor hood?
Copper fittings and appliances would look great with our Avonlea Painted: White Cotton and Ballroom Blue kitchen. Consider integrating warmer metals into your kitchen planning projects in 2014.
Back to Nature
Natural materials and tones are huge when kitchen planning in 2014, and we are seeing a resurgence in ‘loft style’ interior design, with exposed brick walls or salvaged and repurposed wood, and also in traditional ‘country style’ kitchens. Traditional kitchen planning with natural materials can provide a classic, warm and homely kitchen that is great for a family home and will look stylish for many years to come.
If you’re looking for a natural or traditional looking kitchen, you should have a look at our Avonlea Oak Antiqued kitchen, which is made from solid French Oak and features subtle antiquing which gives it that rustic country kitchen look.
Space Saving – Corner Sinks
Space saving in the home is a high priority for many families. A clever space saving kitchen planning trick is to install a corner sink. The corner of work surfaces is often wasted space, so why not install a sink and open up work space on either side instead?
Black & White
Kitchen planning in simple monochrome is still in fashion in 2014, with ultra high gloss kitchens and pure black or white countertops still in high demand. However, with the growing demand for a kitchen to also be a family room, many are starting to add some natural materials which can completely change the atmosphere.
We’re not seeing black or white kitchens becoming unpopular any time soon, so come and have a look at our Astro and Strada Gloss kitchens in white, which help keep your kitchen light and airy.
Or if you want a a black kitchen, check out our ultra High Gloss: Black with Tavola Oak Stained Light Oak kitchen which incorporates natural materials.
Outside kitchens are huge in the United States right now. Unfortunately in the UK it’s a rare day we get the weather to cook outside. However, bringing the outdoors in and vice versa during the kitchen planning process can be done in other ways without literally having a kitchen outside. Glass sliding doors that open up onto a patio allow light to flood into the kitchen, making it feel light and airy, and also allow the kitchen to open out onto the garden on the rare day we get BBQ weather.
Coloured or Patterned Splashbacks
Splashbacks are a great place to integrate a splash of colour while kitchen planning. A monochrome or minimal kitchen can be brought to life by installing a brightly coloured or patterned splashback, whilst still keeping it modern and trendy.
During kitchen planning, lots of people choose a simple combination of overhead lighting and under cupboard spotlights. However, wall lighting – and particularly unusual or feature wall pieces – are increasingly popular and help bring some individuality to your kitchen. Adding another layer of lighting while kitchen planning can help you customise your lighting to any situation – providing ambience for a dinner party with friends, or bringing warmth into a room on a cold, wet day.
Touch of Blue
A blue kitchen may sound like an adventurous step, but the colour can be as subtle or as strong as you like. From powder blue to navy blue, and even to turquoise, blue kitchens are very trendy right now. If going all the way for blue cabinets is too big a step, why not consider using it as an accent colour – a blue splashback or an accent wall for example?
Check out our Jefferson Painted Mussel, Powder Blue & Dust Grey for an example of how to integrate pastel blues into your kitchen planning.