Whatever the size of your house, most parties end up in the kitchen. Fact. Entertaining aside, most of our waking time at home is spent in the kitchen, whether eating, cooking, or just relaxing with family and friends.
Written by Wesley Muchimwe | 4th March 2019
Kitchen Style: Latest trends for 2019
No room is more deserving of an update or a redesign, so whether you dream of an ultra-modern look, traditional country style or a handcrafted wood effect, what are the top kitchen trends for 2019?
Pantries: No self-respecting English country house would be without a pantry. A bespoke larder is now as popular as a range cooker.
Built-in benches and booths: Open plan kitchens are a perfect space for lounging and banquette style seating is a growing trend. It makes great use of space and is much more comfortable than perching at an island.
Going green: While there’s no denying the timeless appeal of an ultra-bright white kitchen, bespoke kitchen designer Naked Kitchens predicts a 'new rich blue-green emerging' in kitchens this year.
Minimalism: Sleek, clean lines and long stretches of clear surfaces. The influence of decluttering guru Marie Kondo can be felt keenly in the kitchen this year and bespoke cabinets extended right up to the ceiling for maximum storage is set to be a big trend.
Glass-fronted cabinets: If you have ornaments, cookery books and stunning kitchenware you want to display without causing chaos on your counters, putting them behind glass is the perfect solution.
Single slab splashbacks: Similar to how paint or wallpaper is used to create a feature wall in your living room, there is a growing demand for single slab splashbacks instead of tiling in the kitchen. Elegant and simple, a single slab is not only stunning but eliminates the problem of keeping grouting clean.
Feature taps: Taps are as intrinsic to the overall kitchen design as the choice of work surface and brass is still the metal of choice. Tap technology has also stepped up a gear, now providing instant boiling, filtered and sparkling water.
Sustainability: Environmentally friendly, quality furniture remains a priority for many in 2019 and durable materials and designs will continue to grow in popularity. Make a statement with Ikea’s black KUNGSBACKA kitchen range which is made from recycled wood and covered with a plastic foil made using recycled PET bottles.
Connectivity: Home tech gets cleverer by the day, and Miele has launched a cooker hood that can communicate with the hob below, automatically adjusting its suction strength according to what’s sizzling beneath it. Smart and energy efficient.
Wine conditioning unit: Another tantalizing offering from Miele, this unit holds up to 83 bottles and features independent temperature zones so that you can store reds, whites and champagnes all at their optimum condition inside the same unit. Who mentioned a party?
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