1 Coloured cabinet: While white may reign supreme in the kitchen, kitchen colours are changing. Charcoal, navy, grey, stone, green-grey, soft-blue and tinted whites are the new alternative to standard white, popping up in the world’s best houses. And it’s not unusual to opt for a different colour for overhead cabinets to below benchop units.
2 Hidden gems: While open-plan kitchens have been trending for many years, we also want to be able to hide a little bit of mess. Enter butler’s pantries behind the main kitchen and extra hidden counter space.
3 Unexpected furniture: Since the kitchen is the heart of the house and a room everyone spends a lot of time in, we’re sprucing up the space with comfortable seating, antique cabinets, gorgeous lighting, art and even taxidermy.
4 Mixed material: Eschew the perfect, polished look for a more eclectic, layered look. Instead of using only one or two materials, we will use a variety of different, disparate elements to create our own personalised space.
5 Deep drawers: Research shows that storage is one of the top kitchen priorities during kitchen renovations. Available in endless, affordable options, deep drawers are replacing lower kitchen cabinets – with all kind of fab dividers and inserts to choose from for organising all your pots, pans and utensils. Ideal for bringing all the hidden items back into the light.
6 Matte finishes: Glossy is out; raw, matte and sanded is in. It’s all about opting for a finish as close to the material’s natural state as possible.
7 Professional-grade gas ranges: With the proliferation of TV cooking shows and online classes, we are opting for top-of-the-line gas ranges used by celebrity chefs and serious foodies because there’s no doubt they’re family-friendly too. The race cars of the kitchen, they’re also what we recommend when your midlife crisis hits.
8 Utensils racks: Room-spanning storage rail systems are becoming the kitchen’s star. Great problem solvers too. They are quick to fix, cheaper than shelves, (or built-ins), and sometimes preferable because they don’t shrink a room. They can be attached to virtually any surface too.
9 Moody hues: Dark and dramatic kitchens are on the rise.
10 Workhorse island: Kitchen islands are having a major moment. With deep storage, prep sinks, room for seating, plus providing additional workspace, they are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens.
The information in this article is of a general nature only and does not consider your personal objectives, financial situation or particular needs.