Because our roots are in design as well as kitchen planning, we’re always keen to keep up with the latest trends for our customers. Kitchen styles, like clothing, are integral to an individual’s own style and sense of self. It’s not just about units and worktops but creating a space that’s great for relaxing, entertaining and cooking up a storm. We’ve been checking out what’s going to be hot in the kitchen for 2020 and here’s a few of the ones we liked best!
Over recent years, the kitchen has become increasingly the heart of the family living/working space, with boundaries blurring between the kitchen, the dining area and a snug corner with a sofa and chairs. As a result, the traditional kitchen space is getting larger, and especially as part of refurbishments and extensions. The kitchen island for some is the ‘must have’ as part of open plan living and, now, installing a pair of kitchen islands has become the most recent trend for those where space is no object.
Colours that pop
You could go bold with units, worktops and the whole shebang or opt for combining classic white kitchen units with splashes of bright colour. This can be achieved with a feature wall, striking splashback, zingy flooring, breakfast bar stools, racks of mugs or kitchen utensils and with small kitchen appliances, such as kettles and toasters. Pantone has announced its ‘Colour of the Year’, which is Classic Blue. Blue tones have long been popular in kitchens, from cool aqua to rich navy, and here’s what Pantone has to say about its favourite new tone: “Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052) is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk…it is a restful colour, bringing a sense of peace and tranquillity.”
Oh, the joy of having everything to hand! Larder cupboards are specially designed to easily display and store all your essentials. Ask your kitchen fitter which style will work best for your kitchen – a traditional flat fronted unit with double (or more!) doors or a space saving, slim, pull-out unit that will slot in next to your worktops. The great advantage of these is that it can free up whole walls to create space or use for artwork, furniture or any other feature.
For that sleek, minimalist look. Just press and the door or drawer will open. This look works best with high-gloss, contemporary fitted kitchens, giving a smooth sweep and long lines, drawing the eye along the units. However, if you still want handles, you can go for a recessed option and these can be lined with contrasting colours and materials to add interest.
Warming wood finishes
Less popular in recent years, wood is making a big comeback with its warming tones, natural look and tactile surfaces. Check out subtle-grained ash for a paler, more minimalist Scandinavian look and feel or opt for luxurious, rich tones by choosing walnut with its fine grain. Wooden units look wonderful when paired with stone worktops.
The latest worktops
A worktop is more than just a surface for food preparation, it’s the icing on the cake in terms of completing the look and feel of your new kitchen. Increasingly popular – and very hot right now – is Neolith. Made from entirely natural, recyclable products such as crushed stone, Neolith is created during a process of heat and pressure, bonding the elements to create a strong but lightweight worktop. A similar process is used to create Dekton, a blend of natural quartz, porcelain and glass that’s highly resistant to stains. Both options come in a range of textures and colours. Of course, if your heart is set on granite, then this comes in a variety of finishes and includes composite options. It polishes up beautifully and can be kept looking mirror-like through the application of any number of readily available household stone polishes – including several eco-friendly brands. For sheer luxury and style there’s veined marble, appreciated for its natural beauty over millennia.
Special finishes for sinks and taps
Taps are already available in a wide choice of finishes and now sinks are getting in on the act. From vitreous china to stainless steel, sinks are also available in coloured brushed stainless steel in a variety of finishes, such as gold or bronze.
So, if you’re feeling inspired and are planning a new kitchen, then come and chat to our experienced team. You’ll be able to take advantage of our genuine discounts and Price Promise*. Found a kitchen you like somewhere else? We’ll match it and what’s more, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ll be dealing with local planners and fitters, who’ll be on hand every step of the way to help create your dream kitchen.
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