Each year, interior designers are tasked with the challenge of finding the latest trends in designer kitchens. The kitchen trends that are dominating the design world this year include features that combine multi-functionality with convenience, as well as bright colours, an eco-friendly approach and streamlined spaces.
Colour has made a bold return in designer kitchens, with many people updating the space through the use of paint, rather than going through entire renovations. Paint is a great way to give a kitchen a makeover and create a more modern, fresh appearance. Those with designer kitchens know how quickly decor styles can go out of date and for this reason, paint works brilliantly as a way of lending your kitchen a few more years before a full renovation is necessary. Painting also doesn’t need to be restricted to the walls of the room; more and more people are now using wooden cabinets and kitchen tables, which can easily be sanded and painted in order to give the space a whole new style.
When it comes to colour choices, it’s important to strike a balance between what is on trend and what works for your personal taste. Colours that are becoming wildly popular in kitchens this year include juicy, fresh citrus shades of lemon yellow, bright orange and bold lime green. If painting the walls or cabinets these shades seems too daunting, you can always bring some colour into the space through the use of colourful new electrical appliances, which now come in a whole host of bright colours. These kinds of colours are great for those whose designer kitchens are somewhat cold and unwelcoming in appearance, as bright shades will instantly create a more fun and friendly ambience.
Streamlining is another key trend for kitchens this year. This trend reflects the more collaborative and relaxed method of entertaining, preparing food, cooking and dining that most people use their kitchen for nowadays. Appliances are integrated into the space so that there is more room for the people who spend time there. Drawer like fridges, dishwashers and ovens that match the kitchen cabinets help to create a much cleaner, simpler look in the space.
Another trend that has been popping up in the latest kitchens is the concept of mixing and matching painted wood and stained wood kitchen cabinets. Stained wood has in the past been deemed the more traditional choice, whilst painted wood was considered more quirky and relaxed. Now people are using a combination of both in order to create a contemporary, tasteful, yet fun kitchen look. In terms of the stains used for the wood, high gloss has made a big comeback. Although if used in large quantities, high gloss stains can be a bit too much, they look great when used sparingly, around the frames of cabinets and drawers. Likewise, painted cabinets can overwhelm the space if bright colours are used all over, however a splash of colour on the centre of the cabinet doors, or around the frames, can do wonders for a dull looking kitchen.