“Widely considered to be the heart of any home, the kitchen is usually the most multifunctional room. It’s somewhere to dine, entertain, relax, work and learn, so it’s no wonder that open plan layouts remain popular. But how can you personalise this?
“One of the main trends for this year is bold colours. Green has become especially popular and we’re starting to see emerald green units being offered as well as others from within this family such as sage, khaki and mint. Colour is not just being expressed on kitchen cabinetry but is also seen in accessories, window frames, panelling, wallpapering and painting. Perhaps think about industrial style lighting, a deliberate mix of metallics – brass, copper or gold handles or taps for instance – or even a contrasting colour sink and splashback.
“Another emerging trend is adopting elements of nature and the environment in your home styling. Fabrics and materials can be very sustainable and restorative, think rattan, cane and wood. Dress windows or French doors with light fabrics to maximise natural daylight.
“Finally, don’t overlook the importance of efficient storage and organisational solutions, as the kitchen is where we need maximum space and minimal clutter. Clever installations, such as taller wall units, concealed carousels and pull-out style larders, as well as floating shelves, door spice racks and integral chopping boards, put necessities in easy reach while maintaining neat and tidy surfaces.”