If you are considering a kitchen renovation any time soon, you may want to look at what’s driving trends. Kitchens are now being designed as multifunctional and smart spaces to reflect our modern-day lifestyles. They now double not only as workspaces, but also as communal areas to entertain and, where possible, are being rezoned closer to the outdoors. Smart appliances have become even smarter and cool, subdued colours continue to dominate.
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. It’s where memories are created and shared. But today’s kitchens need to be more – they are required to accommodate work/homework needs, with room to spread out the paperwork. That means adding concealed charging docks and storage space for devices like iPads, smart phones and laptops.
The desire for a multifunctional kitchen is driving another trend – they’re moving closer to nature. Glass doors opening onto a deck, or large windows with a view are being added to create a larger, light-filled space. Not only does this make for easier entertaining, it also allows the family to socialise across multiple zones. It’s all about creating spaces that reflect our lifestyle.
New kitchens continue to indulge our love of technology. This includes programmable, built-in coffee makers with a digital display, smart refrigerators with a giant 21-inch touchscreen (which in future will be voice activated), space-saving juicers for that post-workout drink and there is even a kitchen-tough tablet that can be rinsed under running water.
And no, you don’t have to leave your favourite TV show to switch off the oven… you can use your mobile phone. So, what do these smart, re-zoned kitchens look like?
A soft colour palette with muted pastel shades has outlasted all colour trends. Soft greys and tinted whites in a matt finish remain colours of choice. The use of texture in design is another big one, such as the use of feature textured wood grains, tile splash backs and even textured benchtops.
Timber continues to be used in finishes and furniture, providing visual relief and adding a warm natural touch. The soft colour palette now extends to floors, as lime-washed timber floorboards gain popularity for their light, clean and modern look.
Nothing creates the right mood like good lighting. New kitchens should incorporate an appropriate lighting plan. This may include under-cabinet strip lighting to illuminate work surfaces as well as large pendant lights over the kitchen island to create ambience. Pendant and cluster lights also remain a popular choice.
While it’s great to include some of these trends in your upcoming renovation, we often remind our clients not to forget the basics. Above all else a kitchen needs to be efficient, so plan the work zones well. You’ll find that you enjoy being in the kitchen much more when, as well as looking fabulous, everything flows smoothly.
Renovations need to have the ability to outlast the latest trend and this is where our experienced design team comes into effect. With your individual style in mind, they will guide you to making the right design choices for your space, all whilst introducing the correct balance of new trends paired with the timeless classics.
At smarterBATHROOMS+ we can walk you through all of your options and help you create a beautiful space that works really well for your family. Call us on 1300 662 838 to speak to one of our experts today or to book a Free In-Home Consultation.