A kitchen is no longer ‘just’ a cooking space, it’s a living space. Function is important, but you also want a design that reflects your personal taste and makes a statement. More recent kitchen design trends were all about tiles, blue cabinetry and the latest culinary gadgets. All valid features, but what if you want something a little more unique?
Knock the kitsch out of kitchen design. These top 5 design trends will help you create a premium kitchen design that is on-trend and authentically yours. Some of the following ideas can be applied to any kitchen with very little effort. Some others might require a kitchen remodel project to achieve their full effect.
Lighting can really set the theme and tone of your kitchen design. One of the best ways to add a unique ‘zhush’ is to opt for big and bold lighting designs. There are various materials, finishes and styles of light fixtures to choose from. If you want to achieve a high-end look, stay away from plastic or clear glass fixtures. Instead, try to find big and bold signature pendant light designs that fit well with the rest of your interior design. Metal or wire fixtures are perfect to add a degree of drama to any space.
Shimmering metals are on trend with gold and copper the stand-out surfaces. To add a touch of class to your kitchen design and pull off this look, it’s a good idea to have a centerpiece. Options include a featured oven hood - best used when there’s no upper cabinetry – backsplash or statement kitchen island lighting. You can then include more subtle copper details, adding a luxurious finish to handles, plug sockets and wall tiles.
In its solid form, quartz is a luxurious and pricey material. If you’ve got the cash, then go for it, but if you’re on a budget, there are composite surface choices blending quartz and resin. There are options which give you the opportunity to add a splash of sparkle with mirror or glass elements. You can even get quartz finished with elaborate swirls and large veining to imitate other materials like natural stone, which would be perfect for kitchen worktops such as the counter or the island.
Whatever option you go for, upgrading from laminate to natural stone will transform your kitchen into a space fit for your cooking conquests and add that ‘wow’ factor for your next soirée. This might require some kitchen renovation but will be worth it in the end. Read our post on which materials to choose for a glamorous kitchen for more inspiration.
If you want a modern and sleek design for your kitchen, consider decluttering the lines. Going for handless kitchen units can help you achieve a linear look. According to LochAnna Kitchens category manager, Pete Sherry, this look is:
“...proving very popular in today's modern kitchen, and we will continue to see more plain and handleless doors for a simple yet modern style, predominantly in gloss finishes and in grey or neutral earthy hues.’
We are already seeing some touch-to-open or even remote-controlled kitchen cabinet doors on the market. The future for premium cabinets looks bright with various hands-free operation options. It all depends on your kitchen remodel budget to decide which features will fit you and your needs best.
Built-in ovens are a key trend, with inbuilt steam capabilities in ovens growing in popularity. Steam assisted and steam ovens are the new ‘must-have’ appliance for healthy eaters. They’re fast, retain nutrients and add more flavour than a standard oven. Plus, why crowd your space with various single-function kitchen appliances when you can have one that does the job of two, right?
Wow your guests with these kitchen design ideas
There’s something rather indulgent about creating your very own kitchen design, especially when you have the budget to carry out a kitchen remodelling project and add some premium features. Don't have that luxury? Well, the great thing about these kitchen design trends is that achieving a high-end look is possible for every budget. Trends aside, create a space that works for you and makes you feel at home when you’re finally done.