It’s January, so what better way to kick off the year than to have a look at the kitchen trends that will be hitting houses all across the country this year. Kitchen worktop specialists Mayfair Worktops have compiled some of their predictions for what will be big this year, let’s take a look:
Large-format flooring and luxury vinyl
Kitchen flooring is an important part of the kitchen design procedure which is often overlooked as people focus on cabinet design, appliances and lighting, but it can have a dramatic effect on the overall look of a kitchen.
Tiles have always been a popular choice for kitchen floors as they are hard wearing, easy to clean and available in a wide range of colours, and this year will be no exception. Mayfair Granite predicts that 2016 will see Large-Format tiles becoming even more popular; these larger tiles mean fewer grout lines leading to a much cleaner look, something that will be popular this year as sleek designs continue to be king.
Vinyl flooring has come a long way since the peel-and-stick stuff from the 1970s and will also be a popular choice this year. Luxury vinyl combines the high-quality realistic look of hardwood or stone with the durability of vinyl making it a natural fit for the kitchen.
People have been trying to declutter their kitchen cabinets since they were invented. Over the past few years, advances in technology and design now mean that every space is used to its full potential. From a range of clever storage solutions to adjustable shelving, you can have your kitchen built to your specific needs.
A big trend that will be popular this year is contrasting cabinets. Combining different colours, textures and materials into one room will give the overall design depth and produce an eye-catching and exciting space.
Open shelving is also predicted to be big in 2016, and why would hide your beautiful dishes, glasses and cookware away inexpensive cabinets anyway. Open shelving can help to increase your storage options, increase the amount of light in the room and produces a sense of space, perfect for smaller rooms.
Granite and Quartz worktops have always been a popular choice for the kitchen due to their durability and quality look and this year is no exception. Advances in production and cutting techniques now mean that granite and quartz worktops are more affordable than ever and can fit seamlessly into the kitchen with the minimum of hassle. Dark greys and blacks are trending right now, perfect for creating a luxurious look.
Much like kitchen cabinets, sinks are trending away from basic white and stainless steel. The bright and vibrant colours now coming onto the market are a great way of adding a splash of colour to a neutral kitchen or to create an eye-catching focal point that really gives a kitchen that wow factor.
Pendant lighting and LED strips
Lighting is key to creating the right balance of ambience and function in the kitchen. Gone are the days of harsh strip lights and recessed lighting, 2016 will see the emergence of pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting.
Pendant lights can create a relaxing environment in the kitchen, while under cabinet lighting provides better visibility for tasks such as food preparation and chopping. Low voltage light strips are also a good choice for illuminating inside and above cabinets to create a dynamic effect.
People rarely move beyond standard coloured kitchen appliances, tending to go safe with either white black or stainless steel. All of that is going to change this year, as people introduce colourful cabinets and sinks to their kitchens.
Bright, vibrant colours are bang on trend, allowing people to show off their individualism and their appliances in style.