It’s happening. Our kitchen refurb – the plans that helped us decide on buying this house – is about to start.
I have finalised the colours, the style and the appliances (more soon), but man, there is a lot of choice out there. And considering the costs of a fully fitted kitchen can start from £20,000, it takes some serious thinking about.
Now, I like to think I am pretty decisive. But with a plethora of new kitchen trends out there – I have questioned myself more than a few times.
So are grey kitchens really over? These are the trends we are all Pinning, lusting over and going for in 2017.
1: GREEN IS THE NEW GREY.
Keep up. We all want a GREEN kitchen now. The one above is a classic English deVOL kitchen from a house in Peckham, South London. But it’s the dramatic use of dark green (an old Farrow & Ball colour called ‘Carriage Green,’ try ‘Studio Green’ for similar) contrasted with the Indian marble that makes it such a visual treat.
The clever use of the same colour on the walls as well as the cabinetry gives it a really moody feel. And I adore the shelf covered with paintings – although the messy chef in me worries about them!
And this Scandi kitchen uses green paint as an accent on a simple white colour, to brilliant effect.
2: MIXING UP THE COLOUR COMBINATIONS
William Durrant, founder and designer of Herringbone Kitchens says colour may be popular, but it’s not just about using one tone.
William says, “Solid grey kitchens seem to be out of favour. Colours like Farrow & Ball’s ‘Downpipe’ is still really popular, but we’re seeing clients mixing it with other shades. Blues and greens are very popular right now. But lots of customers are choosing two tones, normally a combination of a lighter and a darker colour. People are steering away from the white kitchens of the early 00s and injecting their own personality and colour into their kitchen. The kitchen is becoming the heart of the home, and people are making it reflect their personality.”
3: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL
Forget classic stainless steel taps and sinks. Brass, gold, copper are all having a real moment.
And not just with taps, cladding drawers with brass fronts is a simple way to update a kitchen.
Not everywhere has hopped on the gold or brass tap train, but check out Perrin & Rowe and deVOL offer brass taps as an option with their kitchens.
4: PIMPING UP YOUR CHEAPER KITCHEN
Some kitchen prices make it prohibitive for some people to consider. And really, there are plenty of places that offer great quality for less if you can get your head around working out your own measurements – Ikea being one.
But Swedish design company Superfront have come up with a solution for those who want to add something a little more unique to an Ikea kitchen. They offer a range of doors and handles, in a cool palette of colours, to fit the Ikea Metod and Faktum kitchen cabinets.
Founder Monica Born says “we started to see a pattern amongst friends in making something unique out of the Ikea cabinets. Like adding a stone top, or painting the cabinet. We ourselves had already done the same thing in a kitchen a couple of years back by adding our own fronts – and architects had been doing it for years.”
5: GET YOUR APPLIANCE CONFIGURATIONS RIGHT
Herringbone Kitchen’s William Durrant says it’s all about the practical when it comes to the latest gadgets. He says, “two single ovens are all the rage right now. Rather than double ovens, you have more capacity and more functionality on a single oven.
“Hot water taps are a luxury item, they cost a lot more than a normal tap. But if you take money out of the equation everyone would have one, they are incredible, you can make a cup of tea in 30 seconds.
“And wine fridges are still considered a luxury, but actually not that expensive – and they add a real wow factor.”
What kitchen trends are you loving at the moment? Although, I’ve decided on mine – maybe your comments will change my mind again!