Excitement, Drama And Individuality On The Menu For Kitchens In 2015
It has been an exciting year for kitchen design and the outlook for next year is even better. The emphasis is on individuality with new materials that provide texture and drama, mixing and matching of colours and furniture that is moving beyond the boundaries of the kitchen.
There is a move away from the sterile uniform look of a minimalist kitchen towards a more interesting and integrated look in a kitchen that is designed for living. Old rules will no longer apply as classic and contemporary design elements will be incorporated into the same kitchen. Designs of traditional classics such as shaker doors will evolve to provide an alternative look.
As the kitchen becomes a larger multi-functional space for the family, the design has evolved to reflect this. Furniture is no longer restricted to wall or base units. Display areas for books and treasured possessions are integrated into cabinets and islands. High tech media furniture designed to deal with a multitude of gadgets is a seamless extension of kitchen furniture.
Storage will be viewed differently in the coming year, with options to display rather than hide items in the kitchen becoming the norm. Glazed units and open shelves for example.
Colours will be much more important in 2015. Uninspiring neutrals will become less popular to make way for warm earth pallets such as grey, blue and green. Designs will incorporate more than one colour with complementary tones used on open shelving for example or two or even three colours in different parts of the kitchen. The Dulux colour of the year for 2014 was Teal, a shade that combines the natural harmony of green with the tranquillity of blue to symbolise balance. We will see more of these soft colours in 2015 with maybe some bold splashes of brighter colours for the brave.
The range of manmade materials available in the kitchen has extended considerably during the last twelve months. Technology has enabled better quality products to mimic natural materials, providing more cost effective solutions for those looking for these luxury materials on a budget. Metallic finishes have been strong throughout the home with copper a must have this year. The more subtle bronze will be top of many people’s wish list in the coming year. Wood has always been a favourite in kitchens and the new generation of painted woodgrain effect doors, which have depth and texture are becoming very popular. With the flexibility to appeal to both the lover of contemporary and traditional, this look works on both a flat handleless door and a shaker style.
Finally lighting will play a much more important role in kitchen design. There are now many solutions available to enhance the design and create a mood and an ambience rather than just task lighting. Integrated solutions in furniture will become more commonplace as lighting becomes an essential rather than an addition to the kitchen design.