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.
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.
Above: Dark green cabinetry with a mid-sheen satin finish gives this kitchen a classic and timeless appeal.
OPEN PLAN LAYOUTS
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
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
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.
This driftwood effect kitchen has a light, textured finish. The dark grey wall provides a striking contrast.
The result? Effortless modern style.