This month we’re bringing you exclusive and fresh kitchen trends direct from Milan 2014 and a look into the kitchens of 2015!
We were met this year at the fantastic Salone del Mobile by a definite abundance of dark colours, warmth and slick yet natural materials throughout. The predominant material of wood, and otherwise marble, is juxtaposed with slick but soft lacquers, acrylic and painted metals.
We saw a shift in the atmosphere of a kitchen this year – relaxed, sophisticated and luxurious. Eating areas are far more casual and become part of the architecture of the kitchen. Instead the usual chunky centre island, bar style work tops are slimline and occasional. There is a real contrast with storage, some being completely hidden with handless doors and draws, and other finer items of kitchen ware being placed on open shelves and behind smoked glass doors.
The overall feeling of these kitchens is grown up sophistication meets living room-calm. Appliances are hidden, there is no real feel for gadgets, and if so, they are put in place to blend in such as the counter top recessed extractor fans and power points. Sinks and hobs are flush with the work surfaces so not to become a feature.
Colour is kept to a minimum, instead monochrome and earthy, natural tones are in vogue. This becomes an excellent backdrop for eye catching, accent accessories.
Lighting is given a real thought in all of the examples below. A main lighting circuit is of course required for practical reasons but further circuits are utilised for mood lighting. This can be really important when planning an open plan space, where a living or dining area meets a kitchen.
Wooden units carried through onto the walls, contrasted with an acrylic stone work surface. This kitchen works so well as there are only a few materials in use – polished concrete, wood and acrylic. In this instance the extractor fan takes centre stage.
A stunning solid oak work surface gives warmth and a grittiness to the slick white kitchen.
An example of soft mood lighting in the kitchen.
Work surface that roll back to create a bar table, and over the sink and even hob to conceal the appliances
And again, this time in a coated metal with an elegant cutout pattern. The hob boasts a retractable extractor fan which sinks flush into the wooden work top.
A casual arrangement, simple and sophisticated with a retro look extractor. Again, this works because of the simplicity of the kitchen palette and materials – matt black units, white marble and stainless steel.
A slimline solid wooden bar table runs along the back of the work surface, a particularly good idea to break up open plan kitchen/living rooms and to fit in a seating area in smaller rooms. Consider playing with LED lighting along the underside of the bar for a soft glow in the evenings, it can look very effective. Take a look at our basement conversion Furlong road project for this look here
Open shelving blends into the wall behind to carry accent colours perfectly
A unique way to dine -an elegant walnut table which lingers on the corner of a slick island unit
Handles are nowhere to be seen – these clever cut outs are a favourite of ours, so simple and beautiful. If you require storage and lots of it, we can help you to think of an elegant solution such as this.
Smokey, slightly mirrored glass cabinets for a premium display. It helps the top units to feel lighter and more of a feature to the kitchen
The perfect example of a fresh kitchen layout that is sociable, airy and sophisticated. We would suggest running a bank of units to one wall for all of your required storage.
Plenty of storage? Why not have a run of units with a lighting feature above.
Bridging the gap between the kitchen and living room
Diesel leading the way for dark colours in the kitchen
Lastly a fun freestanding unit for the indoors or out!
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