For many households, the kitchen is the hub of the home. Kitchen designs are always changing and we’ve identified some key trends to keep an eye out for in 2016.
Super-sized islands and integrated living spaces
Entertaining guests is no longer focused on the living room. More than ever, people are hosting from their kitchens, meaning it has become the new social hub of the house. As a result of this, kitchen islands are becoming much bigger in order to accommodate the larger number of guests gathering around them, and kitchens are being merged with living spaces to offer a more accommodating cooking space.
Storage is the key to a tidy and organised kitchen – something many people struggle with. Popular requests for 2016 include seating areas, such as benches, that also have storage space underneath. There is also expected to be an increase in demand for touch-sensitive drawers, hidden cupboards and multi-use appliances.
The exciting, ongoing developments in technology means kitchens are likely to have designated spots for smart devices and an increase in state-of-the-art appliances such as built-in wine coolers and coffee machines.
White, Grey and Neutral palettes
Many homeowners are now opting for neutral colours and earthy tones – not only do these colours offer a sense of warmth, but they also give the freedom to add a splash of colour elsewhere. Though white cupboards are still expected to be popular this year, charcoal, grey tones and pastels like pale blue and pale green gray are likely to be the new alternative to the standard white.
Mix and Match
Gone are the days when a kitchen is perfectly matched. A new trend for 2016 is mixing materials, colours, patterns and textures – therefore creating a unique and eclectic feel. This trend will surely suit those who aren’t fans of ultra-sleek kitchens that make a strong design statement as opposed to offering a cosy, welcoming vibe.
If you want to change your kitchen in 2016, a good place to start is your worktops. Doing this means you can give your kitchen a whole new look without the expense or inconvenience of a complete refit. There are many materials you can choose from, including granite, quartz and ceramic. For more information about our timeless, stylish worktops, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01704 228 574 or visiting our showroom.