For all you trend-seekers out there: look no further. We are here to talk you through the latest kitchen trends, including the appliances, materials, colours and shapes to go for when refurbishing or building your new kitchen. With focus on elevating exquisite materials and shapes, and enriching the cooking experience through the latest technology, this is the perfect guide for making your modern, elegant kitchen dreams a reality. Our friends at Fine Finish Furniture, bespoke kitchen and bedroom manufacturers, have helped us in identifying the best-selling kitchen styles and trends. So, let’s get stuck in…
In order to achieve a sleek kitchen, your units will have to be the epitome of ‘less is more’. For this trend, we are talking: less lines, less detailing, less visible equipment and less noise.
Smooth doors and cabinets are key: no V-grooves on the surfaces will help produce that modern, streamlined look. If you do want in-frame cabinets though, opt for thinner stiles and rails for a simple and elegant touch. Next are handles. As in, there will be NO handles! True handless units are all the rage at the moment, and again will help you achieve your look. The units will of course be soft closing, so you can stop worrying about noisy drawers and cabinet doors. A sleek, contemporary kitchen is all about eliminating the stress, and amplifying the stylish comfort. Finally, the only exceptions to the ‘less is more’ motto, are the highly popular island units. Families are gathering together in the kitchen more than ever before, and a modern, sleek kitchen would look stunning with this impressive feature.
Talking about comfort and ease, built-in or integrated appliances are a must. They will blend into your stylish tones and units seamlessly, while still delivering the best quality cooking and washing results. Not to mention they will require less cleaning, as fewer food bits and dust will end up in all the nooks and crannies around your kitchen! Choose a built-in minimalist single or double oven; Bosch, Neff or Samsung have some great options. Integrated dishwashers will also fit seamlessly in your kitchen and match your furniture, select from leading brands such as Miele and Bosch. Even your sink can blend in effortlessly, choose an under-mount or inset option from Franke or Blanco. To go with your minimalist, modern sink, whilst making your life easier and less cluttered, why not include a 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 tap? These can deliver hot, cold, boiling (100°C) filtered and cold filtered water for the 4-in-1 option, thus eliminating the kettle, bottled or Brita filtered water, saving you energy and freeing up more time. Great options can be found at Quooker and Franke.
Integrated wine coolers are another statement piece that will keep your wine chilled and on display whilst seamlessly merging into your modern kitchen. Sought-after brands include Liebherr, Caple and CDA. American style fridge-freezers are the latest trend in refrigeration. Even though they are not integrated they are by far the best option for a modern, busy family. They offer incredible storage space, interesting features (like Samsung’s family hub or LG’s InstaView), and all have a modern and stylish appearance.
Now, for the interesting and innovative designs that will truly give an oomph to your kitchen. For the true minimalist, you can now have your hob and extraction in one! Air venting induction hobs are available from leading brands such as Elica, Siemens and Smeg. Other innovative solutions are also attractive though, such as downdraft hoods that disappear into your worktop, from Elica, AEG or Neff.
The Materials and Colours:
What will make the kitchen stunning rests in the extraordinary modern and tech-inspired materials available. The most popular and innovative of these is Dekton: a new, on trend, heat-proof, fire-proof and freeze-proof solution for your kitchen worktop. Collections include liquid embers, industrial and glossy styles amongst many more, for every taste. Corian and quartz are also rather popular, and all the worktops tend to be thinner, either 20 or 12mm in depth.
Hot colours for the rest of the furniture include dove grey, old chalk, powder blue, sage, charcoal, and snow from the Neptune palette. You can ensure that your appliances carry on the elegance of any colour you choose by choosing integrated options.
Lighting is also important in a contemporary kitchen: elevate your furniture by installing LED lighting above or below your cabinets and drawers.
For trendy examples of this style and others, visit Fine Finish Furniture’s past projects page.