Whether you’re building a brand new home, doing a full kitchen reno, or just looking to freshen up your kitchen for the new year, we’ve compiled some of the Top Kitchen Trends of 2015, as predicted by the experts!
#1: Modern Traditional
Kesha Pillay – Designer at Art of Kitchens
“Regularly we are being asked to combine Traditional and Modern styles as homeowners are starting to move away from very sleek and stark kitchens to wanting kitchen spaces that are warm, homely and reflect themselves.
Conventionally traditional kitchens stick to one colour pallet; with modern traditional we are mixing colours and textures.
This trend is affecting everything from cabinet design to colours, materials to textures; we are really mixing it up. Flat-panel cabinet doors are being replaced with classic door profiles (e.g. Shaker). Materials are being mixed: stainless steel with timber, timber with marble. In a recent renovation we were asked to design a kitchen to suit a traditional Hamptons style home. However the owner didn’t want the traditional style kitchen so we have created a mix of white and charcoal and used precious stone for the island benchtop.
We are designing kitchens with custom canopies with under mount range hoods and steering away from glass splash-backs instead using tiles. We are moving away from chrome handles, and replacing them with black, pewter and brushed nickel.”
Natale predicts that furniture-style cabinetry and other features will be one of the top trends in 2015. This approach marks another step in the evolution of the kitchen as the hub of the home and a treasured space the whole family can enjoy, rather than just a functional area that’s used for food prep and cooking alone. “The incredible designs available celebrate the different elements of the kitchen as pieces of beautiful furniture, not just workstations, which allows people to bring their own personal, warm, welcoming touch to this space,” he says.
How can you incorporate this idea into your own kitchen? “A standout way is through an island,” says Natale, who designed the sophisticated culinary zone seen here. “Raising it on legs or including intricate paneling or a contrasting top and sides are ways of turning this into a piece to be proud of.”
“Wallpaper provides an easy way to add visual impact, even in small amounts,” Hardcastle says. “Wallpaper gives you the control of complementing the architectural elements throughout the kitchen or adding a beautiful contrast to an otherwise simple color palette.”
And it won’t just be used to dress up plain walls, either; Hardcastle predicts that next year we’ll also be seeing wallpaper used in unexpected ways and spaces, such as on ceilings, to create striking features.
“Environmental consideration is no longer something that just sits in the back of our heads. We recognise that the way that we live in the world and what we take from it ultimately has an impact directly upon us. Environmentally friendly design, sustainability, passive homes, products that require less energy, reducing the running costs of our homes, new lighting options, repurposing, recycling, up-cycling and new hybrid materials are either standard or continue to emerge.”