Kitchens have become far more affordable in recent years, with innovative and exciting design now being within most people’s reach. However, with so much choice, it can be hard to know where to start when designing a brand new kitchen.
To kick-start your imagination and give you some inspirational ideas for your kitchen, here are 5 of the hottest kitchen design trends for this year:
1. Bold colour. If you think kitchens this year are going to be cream, white, grey and black – prepare to think again. According to design experts, kitchens this year are going to be seriously bold. Red is a popular choice, but teals, mustard yellows and even purples are also hugely popular. This look is all about making a statement with stand-out design and colour, and it’s perfect for those who like the modern, glossy look. If you’re trying this look yourself, just remember to balance out your strong colours with neutrals – the contrast will also give your bold colours more distinction.
2. Open shelving. Open shelves have often been used for display purposes, but user-friendly open shelving is now being seen as a practical solution for kitchen storage. According to kitchen designer Kesha Pillay from Art of Kitchens, open shelving can also help to personalise storage spaces as well as making a kitchen more functional.
3. Statement ceilings. Kitchen designer Lee Hardcastle believes that 2015 is the year of the ‘statement ceiling’. But what does this mean? Simple ideas are bright colours on the ceiling – which looks fantastic in an otherwise neutral kitchen – and features such as long horizontal windows high up the wall. You can add beams and other design features to add interest to your ceiling, but remember that it’s all with the aim of making your ceilings appear higher and the room larger.
4. Industrial lighting. Industrial-style light fittings, including copper, brass and other metals, have been popular in homes for a while now – but the trend has now spread to kitchens. The look is relatively easy to achieve and goes well with greys, whites, woods and blacks. Good choices include old-fashioned style lightbulbs, maritime-themed light fitting, wire caging instead of sconces and stainless steel. To master this look, head online to get some inspiration.
5. Smart appliances. We all want our kitchens to be as efficient and as easy to use as possible, and the latest trend for smartphone app-controlled devices takes this to a whole new level.. There are lots of ways that smart technology can help you manage your kitchen, from apps to adjust lighting and sound systems to Bluetooth connected cookers and coffee machines. This technology isn’t cheap, but it is super cool (and can make your life much easier).
Once you have your dream kitchen design, possibly incorporating some of this year’s most popular design trends, it’s time to think about fitting. Don’t ruin an otherwise high-end kitchen with a poor fit – use a specialist such as A&J Kitchens for expert fitting down to the last millimetre.