How we love our kitchens! Arguably the most important room in the house, kitchens offer design opportunities far beyond their functionality. From walk-in larders to fashion-influenced surfaces to entertaining schemes that bring diners closer to the cook, these practical spaces have moved past their basic remit to be the beating heart of our homes with a design statement of their own.
Here’s our round-up of the latest trends.
“We are designing and installing more and more bars within our client properties,” informs Viki Lander of Ensoul. “Bringing back bars in a contemporary and fun way is all part of making life at home more relaxed, more social and more fun. Our clients work hard and want to play hard when they’ve got precious time at home. Our bars range from built-in cabinetry with glassware and bottles on display through to larger affairs that you can sit at with wine fridges, cool drawers and metres of back-lit shelving. This perfectly formed bar was designed into a penthouse kitchen we made.”
Modern & Classic
“Dark kitchens are still very fashionable, both for contemporary and classic designs,” explains Jolanta Harradine from Eclectic Interiors. “And we are seeing more designs that combine the best elements from both. For example, you do not have to go for a Shaker style to use a traditional Belfast sink. Because modern kitchens are back with a new, updated and less fully fitted look, you have the freedom to combine certain elements.”
Get creative with your kitchen tiling. Clara Bee has incorporated this hexagonal splashback design to add interest and texture to a simple, minimalist scheme. “The surface you install behind your worktop can completely transform the look of your kitchen,” Claire Burrage of Clara Bee explains.
“Walk-in larders are officially a thing,” declare Roundhouse. “They’re not just a trendy fad, as the advantage of having dry goods storage space all in one place, making it much easier to locate things, and keeping today’s often open-plan kitchens clutter free, means that having a walk-in larder is a trend that looks set to stay.”
Photography by Billy Bolton
“When space is tight, which is particularly common on smaller, side return kitchen extensions, custom-made seating can be a brilliant option for a kitchen/dining area,” says Helen Wood from Simply Extend. “Create a built-in table as an add-on to your kitchen, then use the spare space around it to fit seating in. Decorate with bold patterned cushions to add a great feature to the room.”
Bespoke Additions to an Existing Kitchen
If you have moved to a new home and the existing kitchen does 90% of what you want, consider re-inventing what you have by working with a designer to create a dream kitchen that fully delivers.
“Our client decided to update the kitchen of their new home without having to replace it. The existing cabinets were repainted and a new marble worktop, splashback and shelves added. On the opposing wall we designed the bespoke joinery unit for further storage, a bar and a neat desk area hidden behind pocket doors.” Thea Ingram, Stanza Interior Design
“Range cookers are a big trend for 2019,” Ben Richards from Aura Homes told NappyValleyNet. “This one from Lacanche looks stunning with this classic Shaker-style kitchen. America-style fridges are also becoming more popular, especially the models with a pull-down freezer drawer.”
According to Italian kitchen supplier Hub Kitchens, a massive trend for the coming year is ‘plisse surfaces’.“We saw a lot of this type of finish in the fashion industry in 2017/18 and it has now trickled into interiors, featuring in bathrooms and kitchens in particular.”
“Walk-in larders are officially a thing,” declares xxxxxx from Roundhouse. “They’re not just a trendy fad, as the advantage of having dry goods storage space all in one place, making it much easier to locate things, and keeping today’s often open-plan kitchens clutter free, means that having a walk-in larder is a trend that looks set to stay.”
Photography by Billy Bolton
“‘A kitchen that isn’t a kitchen’, is a popular request that we hear often,” explains Warren Luke at Bellevue Bespoke. “Clients want the heart of their home to be a multi-functional room where the kitchen is in the background, rather than taking centre stage. For this, our Remp kitchens are the choice of design professionals. Clean lines, multi-level surfaces and the use of simple materials, such as limestone and marble, combined with seamless cabinetry mean that the kitchen can play its part but also be used in other ways, such as an office area.”
“Open shelves are proving popular in kitchen designs,” advises Miroslav Chrapka from Kelmscott Home Improvement. “Not only do they provide much-needed storage space, they also create interesting areas to display favourite pieces alongside practical items.” This pretty colour scheme in the open-shelf design of this kitchen brings a pop of pastels to an otherwise all-white design.
“As kitchens become ever more social spaces, we generally are now asked to place the hob on the island, so budding chefs can face their guests whilst they cook,” explains Kate Strong from Run Projects. “The next progression of this is dining islands which takes cooking and socialising in the kitchen to the next level.”
Statements of Colour
“The colour palette of the kitchen has become much bolder,” says Kitchen Connection’s Anna Sadej. “The combination of deep colours brings opulence in the kitchen.” Using colour in this way transcends the space from its purely functional purpose to be a design statement, an entertaining space and a visually interesting room in which to spend time.
“Splashbacks are no longer just a practical element of a kitchen – designers are now incorporating them to be a focal point of a scheme, with concrete splashbacks in growing demand,” says Barny Robinson from Red Box.“We have also installed concrete work tops and flooring for some properties,creating kitchens with a real industrial look.”