Hidden appliances. Smart devices. ‘Tuxedo’ panelling. Island integration.
They could all feature as the chapter titles to a Ian Fleming or John Le Carre novel, but they are just some of the kitchen design trends that will start to land in 2017, if the trade magazines and shows are anything to go by.
Integration therefore is key. The sleek, one piece feels are going to become more commonplace, whilst your lifestyle is going to further sync with the beating heart of the home in technology, appliances and feature units.
“Customers will be looking to integrate more function in style solutions than ever before” said Stefano after a recent exhibitor trip. “More homes are opening up spaces as the renovation market will take a positive move forwards in the UK, therefore people are experimenting with designs and features as well as understanding that function and style need not be separate entities.”
So, what were the items that stood out and what can you consider for your home improvements for 2017? Here are some key points;
The days of the stainless steel appliance has gone. The American fridge ranges will still be around, but single housed items will be disappearing from kitchen installations, they reckon, within the next 5 years. The reason? Seamless design flow being the biggest motivating factor. This is more than your built in appliance and oven housing ranges, this has to do with “linear design” and function.
You may have heard the terminology, ‘the internet of things.’ It’s the concept that we are connecting our lives to more of the things around us, using technology as an enabler as well as feeding back to a system which creates our own unique environments. It’s very Minority Report! But what this essentially means is that appliances such as your fridge, coffee machine, washer dryer and even hobs can be activated remotely, can feed information back to your smart devices (phones, tablets, watches) and you keep in control. Samsung announced their smart fridge for UK release earlier this year and it is amazing!
We’ve been doing ‘Tuxedo panelling’ for years, we just called it mix and match colour schemes, and that’s essentially what it is. The only difference for 2017 is going to be, the variety of colour schemes that you can start to do this with (it’s not always black and white) and the amount of panelling that will be used. (We’re not for mass panelling ourselves, it takes away from storage and function but we will always aim to please every customer that walks through the door.)
With more people spending the time and money on creating bigger living/dining spaces, the island unit is no longer a luxury in your home, but a highly functional and integral element of your space. Whether it is using the work surface as additional preparation areas to integrated appliances, storage or applied to maximising your eating space, the island unit is integral and no longer separate. Therefore design features for 2017 are going to be more focused on work surface materials, stepped design (between preparation and eating areas) and shaping of the unit to allow movement and flow across the kitchen and living space.
Watch this space for more information on design trends in 2017. From colour schemes to the latest in kitchen inspiration, we’ll have it here on our blog!