While blindly following the latest trends can be hazardous (emoji clothing anyone?), they can help you make sound decisions.
The same applies to interior design. A new kitchen setting is going to set you back into the tens of thousands, so it’s important that you make the right choice – because let’s face it, you’re the one who has to live with it.
Keeping abreast of the latest trends will help you create a kitchen that’s modern, stylish and not likely to date anytime soon. However, you have to be smart about it. If someone suggest a purple colour scheme, maybe you should ask for their credentials.
When kitchens are no longer just kitchens
More and more we are seeing open-plan kitchen areas that blend into the main living space. We are a big fan of this trend because it reflects how people use the home. No longer is the kitchen simply a place where meals are prepared (and where you’re incessantly being told to ‘please get out, can’t you see I’m trying to cook?’). It has become a communal area where families congregate at the start and end of the day to eat, interact and watch television.
Catch ya later, primary colours
Just like that Human Nature CD you have kicking around somewhere, bold, primary colours are no longer in vogue. Instead, we are seeing the rise of soft, muted colours. Expect everything from your cabinets to splashbacks to have a lot less saturated tones.
Of course whiteis not going anywhere (and will still dominate the kitchen space), but we are also seeing the inclusion of neutral pastels like light blue, pale green and muted yellow. These warm and subtle tones will help create a striking, yet not overpowering, motif.
Keep it simple stupid
The present day kitchen is trending towards simple design. The first thing on the chopping block are thick stone benchtops, being replaced by thinner materials such ones at Stone with Character. They offer the home owner a modern and streamlined look.
The other trending material is porcelain, which is a popular choice for benchtops and splashbacks. Porcelain can be manufactured at different varieties of thickness (the smallest being a mere 3mm) and is highly resistant to heat, stains and scratches.
The second thing to get marching orders is appliances hogging valuable space. In 2016, you’ll see more integrated workstations behind doors that offer a home for things like espresso machines and microwaves, keeping your benchtop free.
Mixing the new with the old
Blending the ultra-sleek modern style with a dash of vintage is going to be a look that dominates 2016. I think we can all agree that the cool, contemporary style can, at times, leave us feeling a little cold and detached. A kitchen is supposed to be evoke a cosy and inviting vibe – not feel like a dentist surgery.
Retro-style benchtop gadgets and vintage decor are a popular way to add charm into the kitchen, while keeping it to modern tastes. They are also a lovely way to contrast neutral colour schemes and streamlined designs.
We hope these trends will assist you in creating the perfect kitchen for your home. If you’re in the process of building a kitchen, we wish you the best of luck.