The kitchen is an integral part of any household. It is a place where meals are prepared and also family members and friends gather together to share and care.
House owners, designers, architects are putting serious thoughts into giving them a feel-good factor by making kitchen spaces smart, sassy and convenient for all kinds of people.
The concept of the modern or open kitchen has led to smart, ventilated kitchen spaces with natural lighting and technology-driven appliances whether big or small. Such kitchens are also ideal for social or creative cooking.
The industry is evolving everyday , meanwhile, the latest design trends which are going to rule the market in 2018 are as follows:
1. Smart and Open Kitchen
Smart is the buzzword for everything nowadays and the kitchen is no far away from it. Cooking is no more a pot and burner thing but now it also involves a lot of technology, smart appliances and, latest gadgets. In order to save time and energy manufacturers are bringing new age technologies to cooking and people are ready to experiment with them. Also, Kitchens are no more a separate room in the corner of the house but part of dining and living areas.
Tech-savvy open kitchens are preferred choice of house owners these days as it allows them a free flow and flexibility of enjoying both living and kitchen area. One can opt for open kitchen concept in the beginning of house design or if one is remodelling the house, then a little extra cost on renovation will add that glamour and convenience.
2. Quartz Countertops
When it comes to kitchen countertops, Quartz and granite are the leading contenders but Quartz is the winner. Quartz is more durable as its flaws are engineered out while granite is more in a natural slab form. The material requires very low maintenance, is antimicrobial and suitable for high end to rigorous kitchen conditions. Manufacturers are coming out with a wide variety of colours as well realistic stone patterns in Quartz. The favorite trending colours are in neutral and softer tone with grey, opaque, taupe, creamy and white finishes.
For example, Samsung Radianz Quartz Kitchen bench top is made of 93% natural quartz crystal and provides a uniform surface in a light beige colour with light brown quartz speckles. It is highly stained, bacteria free, scratch resistant and a non-porous surface.
Other than Quartz there will be more concrete, laminate and nanotech countertops.
For example; Australian Architectural Hardwoods is providing bench tops produced from wide board laminations of seasoned recycled timber. Nover is providing Fenix NTM (opaque nanotech matt material). An interior design product offering aesthetic and technological solutions for the modern kitchen.
3. Storage Solutions
Storage is the most fundamental thing of any good kitchen. The cabinets, shelves, and drawers should be placed in such a manner that they don’t leave any wasted space and can accommodate from small to large things. Every homeowner wants to have effective storage solutions. Some of them include appliance garages for coffee-maker, toaster, tray dividers, drawer dividers for cutlery & utensil, pull out drawers, storage cabinets, wastebasket cabinets etc.
In terms of colours two tone cabinets, dark colour cabinets such as grey, black, plum, navy colours will be in trend for a more contemporary and luxurious look.
Sheerglide Drawer System by Envorinex is lightweight, strong, drawer system requiring no glue or staples. They are made from 100% recyclable uPVC, water resistant, safe from insect attack and hamper the growth of bacteria, mold and fungal spores. Economical and DIY they, can be a suitable purchase for a quick and versatile storage solution.
Hardwood Flooring is a preferred choice in flooring for its classic look and feel good factor. Also, one can opt for engineered wood flooring option and ceramic tile replica of natural wood to get the similar look at no maintenance and at low cost. Hardwood flooring can be as costly as marble or slate but for the expensive kitchen, the look is worthy of an amount. However, to get any expensive look at reasonable pricing, ceramic tiles are a good bet.
With the help of technology, it is easy to source any design, pattern, size in ceramic tiles as well. From surface texture to colour and pattern everything can be mimicked to give that luxurious look.
5. New Age Appliances
New age appliances are a great trend. From large appliances to small products everything is becoming technology driven. Companies such as Samsung, LG, Electrolux, Whirpool etc. are showcasing new items which can store and cook food in a more high tech way. There are ovens and refrigerators with Wi-Fi and inbuilt cameras to let you know about the food inside them. There are software and apps which inform you about the food that is expired or cooking methodology of a particular food in the oven. There are cookwares with detachable handles and clip on to minimize spacing on the kitchen counter. Instant pots which go with the minimalist trend where one pot can handle many roles.
All-purpose bakeware suitable for all appliances from fridge, microwave, oven, and dishwasher. Steam ovens, air fryer, smart refrigerator, induction cooktops, food processors, Bluetooth equipped kitchen devices, the nest protects for any gas leak or fire, transformative taps turning simple water into sparkling water are some of the products that will continue to grow in 2018.
The latest design, colours, and utility makes them even more appealing. Stainless steel has been an all-time favourite but there will be golden colours such as rose gold, brass, and copper on kitchen appliances to give them a more luxurious look. Dark brushed metal finish and bright colours like navy blue, red, green and yellow will also be in trend.
An example of new generation in boiling water technology is AquaBoil Underbench ABU Boiler which is ideal for tea and coffee. The unit is located under the sink with a cooper body comprising a storage tank and an expansion chamber. No expensive pumps, solenoid valves or drainage is required and offers remote controlled boiling water safety cut off the system.
6. All-purpose Kitchen Islands
The kitchen islands are the fast emerging design trend appealing to customers. They are no more an element for aesthetic but add purpose to cooking with their multi utility facility. The kitchen islands are coming with an induction cooktop range, storage cabinetry, oven, storage space, dining style seating, basin and many under counter appliances. They have become focal point for cooking and casual socializing. To incorporate them well into the space, kitchens are merged with living room in an open ventilated design so that they can serve their multi utilitarian aspect.
One can opt for Clark Pete Evans complete range providing all essential range of kitchen sinks and accessories to offer a convenient, uncluttered and stylish workstation for cooking needs. Dorf Kitchen sink mixers also come in wide variety of sizes and styles.
So, these are some of the trends and design concepts which will be trending in the coming year. One can opt for them to add better aesthetics, convenience, and functionality to their kitchen spaces.