Today’s kitchens increasingly set the style of the whole living space of the home. They have become more a family room than the old open-plan kitchen-diner so they need to fit in with the rest of the home.
I think colour and texture will be popular looks for 2014, especially in worktops and splashbacks. A kitchen is a big investment so once the cabinets are in, most people will keep them for around 15 years, especially if they are good quality. However, worktops and splashbacks are likely to start looking tired before the cabinets wear out, so you can change these without feeling too guilty! They are also (relatively) cheap to change.
Bold colourful splashbacks against wood or white always looks good.
Laminate used to be considered a bit naff but I reckon its about time for a revival. Improvements in printing technology create life-like characteristics of wood grains, stone and granite. Its easy to instal, lighter than stone and really affordable at about £50 per metre.
Resilica is made in the UK (just down the road from me in Hastings) from 100% recycled glass waste, cast into resin, the surface of which is then ground away and polished to reveal the sparkly glass fragments. You can choose from a variety of different coloured pigments and/or glass, including pinks and purples!
Designfinger make eco-concrete worktops, using a wide range of recycled materials set into a concrete mould so you can choose a different shape as well as texture. They can also add coloured pigments to the concrete but I think that defeats the object- the beauty of concrete is in its natural colour and texture.
Taps are a cheap and cheerful way to add colour. Zucchetti make mixers in black, baby blue and bright red. Ikea also do a more affordable black version
There are lots of copper accessories around the design shows at the moment. If you have copper pans why not display them on a pan rack? This would really suit a country style Shaker kitchen (or add some retro style to an industrial-look kitchen).
Plumen has a good selection of designer, low energy lightbulbs ideal for the kitchen.
Technology and gadgets are becoming so incorporated into our daily routine, so it isn’t surprising that sophisticated technology is appearing in kitchen products. Induction hobs have been around for a while but the latest ones include automatic pan recognition, which means the zone will only heat up once it has recognised that a typical saucepan shape has been placed on it, so that other metal objects like spoons don’t get hot if they are left on the hob.
Nutrima, a wi-fi enabled bendy mat capable of measuring the weight and nutritional value of foods, was a finalist in the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition. Again, this isn’t in production yet but I think its a sign of things to come- it would certainly make dieting easier!
I also came across this when I was googling- The Kitchen Nano-garden designed by Hyundai is still in development but it is an incredibly clever designed indoor space to grow herbs and vegetables in containers about the size of a fridge. It has built in lighting and a water control system to tell you if the plants are too wet, too dry, or need some nutrients!- I want one even if it isn’t the prettiest thing!
Are you planning on any additions to your kitchen this year?
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