Last winter was the time of Hygge, the Danish idea that everything in and around the home should be warm and cosy and with winter approaching we can’t see that disappearing any time soon. After all who doesn’t want to be warm and cosy at home when the temperatures fall and the wind howls outside? However kitchen trends this year vary from ultra-modern to classic so whatever your tastes the ideal kitchen is just waiting for you.
The Modern Look
The industrial look combines the hard, smooth lines and surfaces of steel and brushed concrete to provide an uncluttered and stylish finish. Worktops made from quartz or granite finish off a kitchen nicely as they look good, are hard-wearing and they are easy to clean too.
Cupboard units are sleek and glossy and handle-less doors have become very popular for that coveted uncluttered line. The desire to hide away or conceal appliances has not gone away either and the uniformity of handle-less doors plays into this perfectly.
Decor trends lean towards a single colour palette with either steel or Perspex wall splash-backs or neon colours in small doses. Porcelain wall tiles are ever popular as a practical and attractive option as are travertine tiles or natural stone mosaics.
The right floor covering is essential for a modern style and glossy floor tiles look fantastic set against glossy units and modern appliances. For a contemporary look glazed porcelain floor tiles are timeless as is solid wood in light, Scandi-inspired colours.
The Traditional Kitchen
If the modern look is not your style there are still plenty of traditional ideas to choose from. This year colour trends have favoured dark, warm colours like burgundy red, midnight blue or emerald green. To complement this kind of colour palette jungle print wall coverings are proving popular especially when teamed with houseplants. Houseplants are not only a great way to bring the outdoors inside but they do a great job in purifying the air and even absorbing odours.
Solid wood cupboards or standalone units in classic cream or white are still on trend among those who prefer a classic, country look, whether with handles or without.
Solid wood floors go well with the country house feel as do ceramic floor tiles, an ever-popular choice for their aesthetic charm and practicality.
The Smart Kitchen is Here!
Technology is burrowing ever deeper into our lives and there is no escape even in the kitchen. The boiling water tap which dispenses instant boiling water straight from the tap is appearing in the chicest of domestic kitchens as is the ikettle and smart coffee machine. These appliances, like your lights and heating, can be activated from your phone so you can have a cuppa ready and the heating on as soon as you get up or home from work. Along with the smart TV, Bluetooth speakers and hands-free personal assistant like the Amazon Echo which can play music, make your shopping list and connect with other devices, the kitchen is rapidly becoming the hub of the home, whatever your style.