Planning a kitchen redesign? From splashes of colors to marble and the modern country kitchen, here are the 10 key kitchen trends for 2016…
Words: Kara O’Reilly
1 Colour is in
Many of the most on-trend kitchens have been designed so that you can have them painted in the colour of your choice – bold blues and greys are popular at the moment.
British Standard kitchen cupboards painted in Dulux Niagara Blues, from £7,000, britishstandardcupboards.co.uk
2 Industrial luxe
Traditionally industrial finishes – such as a concrete floor, metro tiles and brass hardware – are made modern when paired with bold painted units, glam Carrara marble and hard-wood work surfaces.
The Real Shaker Kitchen by deVOL, from £8,000, devolkitchens.co.uk
3 Grey shades
From soft shades of dove to deepest charcoals, grey is the new neutral in kitchen design. Even better, it works well for both contemporary and classic designs.
Harvey Jones Linear kitchen, from £18,000, harveyjones.com
4 Mixed materials
Stainless-steel, mirror glass, reclaimed wood, concrete worktops, pale painted doors, and a mix of fitted and freestanding units – this design by Holloways of Ludlow demonstrates just how good a considered mix of finishes and textures can look.
Fontaine kitchen, from £25,000, hollowayskitchens.com
5 Modern country
This family-friendly, open-plan design is in a style that nods to tradition, but brings it bang up-to-date with all the mod cons – including a spectacular working island area.
Spenlow kitchen by Humphrey Munson painted in Cornforth White and Mole’s Breath by Farrow & Ball, from £35,000, humphreymunson.co.uk
6 The statement island
Multi-functional kitchen/living areas seem to be here to stay. An island unit provides the perfect divide between a practical kitchen area and a more relaxed living space; plus it can be customised to suit your needs.
Poggenpohl kitchens, from £30,000, poggenpohl.com
7 Dark matters
Kitchen designers are now properly exploring colour in the kitchen. Bolder, darker, deeper shades are becoming more and more popular – particularly as a way to update classic framed doors.
Casa kitchen in Vino by Rational, from £10,000, rational.de/en
8 Show it off
We no longer want to hide everything away behind floor-to-ceiling doors. Ways to display glassware and ceramics are becoming more of a feature again – from open shelves to stylish dressers. This kitchen is made even more glamorous by the use of mixed metallic finishes.
Roundhouse bespoke kitchens, from £35,000, roundhousedesign.com
9 Stone age
Marble shows no signs of going away anytime soon as the material of the moment for the chicest work surfaces. This design by Smallbone of Devizes makes the most of its eye-catching appeal with this wrap-round island.
Mulberry Street Kitchen, from £40,000, smallbone.co.uk
10 Good woods
Solid wood is still a popular option, although the more contemporary choice is a deeper-hued wood, such as walnut or cherry, in a matt finish.
Sustainably sourced custom-built Loft Kitchen by Team 7, from £50,000, wharfside.co.uk/kitchens