5 kitchen design trends for 2016 by guest blogger Helen Powell

Helen Powell of award-winning UK design and lifestyle blog Design Hunter joins forces with leading interiors PR agency Homestyle PR to reveal this year’s latest, modern kitchen trends:

The kitchen is perhaps the hardest working room in the house. With contemporary kitchens being required to combine convenience and functionality with stylish design and flexible living space what are the key trends shaping kitchen design this year?

Here are some of the colours, design ideas and finishes appearing in 2016’s most noteworthy kitchens.

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COLOUR UPDATES | INKY BLUES AND DARK GREEN

Monochrome schemes in shades of grey or black and white have been popular for the past few years, but we’re now starting to see black and grey replaced by other dark colours.

Deep inky blues and dark greens offer depth and contrast and are an excellent choice for classic contemporary style kitchens where you want to make a bold impact with colour.


Homestyle PR's client Woodstock Furniture's fresh and contemporary, bespoke kitchen

Above: White marble worktops contrast with dark blue cabinets in this bespoke kitchen designed by Woodstock Furniture. Softer than black and white this colour scheme feels fresh and contemporary.


Homestyle PR's client Woodstock Furniture's dark green, on-trend cabinetry
Above: Dark green cabinetry with a mid-sheen satin finish gives this kitchen a classic and timeless appeal.

OPEN PLAN LAYOUTS
Homestyle PR's client Woodstock Furniture's kitchen meets the trend for open-plan kitchen living

As the trend towards open-plan living continues, the kitchen has increasingly become a social and multifunctional space that has to accommodate eating, entertaining and relaxing as well as food preparation.

Choosing lighting that is decorative rather than purely functional will help to soften the boundary between the kitchen and the living areas. In this kitchen by Woodstock Furniture a trio of Tom Dixon pendant lights suspended above the island helps to blur the transition between these two different zones. The pendant lighting also breaks up the space, adding interest at a different height to other elements in the room, drawing the eye downwards and adding a sense of intimacy

The island also breaks up the space and acts as a focal point for family and guests to gather around.

ROUGH HEWN FINISHES

Homestyle PR's client Woodstock Furniture's bespoke kitchen demonstrating rough and riven surfaces

Above: rough & riven surfaces by Woodstock Furniture

Details like rough textures and raw unfinished edges can be incorporated to showcase skilled craftsmanship and highlight the natural beauty of materials like marble or wood.

In this stunning contemporary kitchen the rough-hewn edges turn an otherwise minimal island into a show-stopping sculptural focal point. The overall effect is luxurious and highly individual.

MIXING OLD AND NEW

Homestyle PR's cleint Woodstock Furniture's luxury bespoke kitchen featuring a Victorian lamppost from a salvage yard as an island support

Above: Architectural salvage

Mixing up old and new by using salvaged or reclaimed objects and materials alongside modern kitchen units is a great way of acknowledging the original style and period of your home when updating it to offer more contemporary comfort and style.

Here a Victorian lamp post finds a new use as a table leg and ornate decorative detail in a modern kitchen designed within the extension of a Victorian home. Juxtaposing different styles and mixing old alongside new can make a space feel less formal and more relaxed.

PALE WOOD

Homestyle PR's client Caple's stylish Anola Driftwood kitchen range

Above: Anola driftwood kitchen by Caple

Looking to design a kitchen with a minimalist Nordic feel? Pale wood finishes like Caple’s driftwood or grey elm are perfect for creating a bright airy Scandi look.

This driftwood effect kitchen has a light, textured finish. The dark grey wall provides a striking contrast.

The result? Effortless modern style.