Fashions come and go, and that includes the area of home decor. In this article we explore a few current kitchen trends worth investing in when considering your new luxury bespoke kitchen.
Back in July 2016 we wrote a blog article about the kitchen trends for 2016. In this article we talked about handleless kitchens, super glossy kitchens, open plan kitchens and ingenious storage. Here at Charter Walk Kitchen Living we are still seeing these trends continuing to be really strong.
A recent article on the Houselogic website, explored current trends a little further and came up with a list of kitchen trends worth investing in. The kitchen is an expensive investment, so its good to ensure that you look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.
Here are some trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings — ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.
Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong
It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get any more popular. But the preference for white cabinets continues to soar and now with the addition of layering white on white — white backsplashes beneath white cabinets on white worktops is popular. This is also seen in the area of appliances, with white goods with a glass-like glossy sheen now competing with the still popular rival stainless steel.
White appliances are easy to keep clean and the icy look is simple, cool, and easily able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.
Want Color? Go for Neutral Grey
The popularity of sleek, sophisticated grey color schemes is soaring.
But grey can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, grey can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, grey can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, grey is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.
Choose Quartz Worktops Over Granite
“Consumers Reports” says quartz is the toughest worktop material, which resists scratches, burns, and chips. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce worktops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness. It’s easy to maintain, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.
Invest in LEDs
Ribbons of LEDs are showing up in the weirdest — and most wonderful — kitchen places: Along kick-boards as nightlights; on the inside of cabinet doors to show off grandma’s china; concealed in moldings to wash ceilings with light. Here at Charter Walk, we’ve seen a huge increase in a desire for task based lighting – which LEDs are great for.
LED rope or cove lights are gaining in popularity because:
- LEDs come in a rainbow of colors, from bright to soft white, red, blue, and green.
- You can get creative about where you install them.
- LEDs emit virtually no heat, so you can keep them on forever without burning cabinets or walls.
- LEDs are energy efficient, lasting 50,000 hours on average.
Rethink Your Fridge
Refrigeration is no longer limited to a single, hulking unit. Homeowners are customizing their cooling needs with “point of use” refrigeration, adding cool where they need it. That could mean adding a counter-height produce fridge in your island, next to a wine cooler for the adults, and a juice fridge for the kids.
Install a modern kitchen tap
Touch-activated taps are bursting out the fad category into the kitchen must-have column. On the face of it, touch-activated seems a little gimmicky, but it’s great for those times when you’ve got dirty hands, and for those in your household who refuse to turn water on and off between tasks because it’s too much hassle. And as water becomes scarcer, anything that saves gallons will have value — and save you on your water bills.
Previously considered a luxury item, steaming or boiling water taps are becoming a mainstream item with more brands and more choice available. Imagine a tap that immediately dispenses boiling water – instant hot beverages, water for food preparation or sterilisation – and safer than having a kettle of hot water on the side. A separate tap can be fitted to the kitchen worktop, or integrated into a hot water tap alongside the mixer tap. Here at Charter Walk, we love the Quooker boiling water tap.
Stick with Transitional Kitchen Design
Lots of designers we work with are saying that contemporary, with its sleek simplicity, is the fastest-growing kitchen style. Fussy, decorative and distressed looks are out.
Contemporary looks sleek and clean, but can also come across as cold. The design encourages a non-cluttered look, which can be hard to maintain in a busy home. So it’s better to hedge your bets with transitional design, which combines contemporary and traditional to exploit the best parts of each.
Here at Charter Walk Kitchen Living, our experienced team would love to help you find your perfect luxury kitchen. We make each bespoke kitchen to perfectly suit your lifestyle and decor preferences so it will be unique to you. We now have two Charter Walk Kitchen Living showrooms, in Haslemere and Guildford, so please feel free to drop by and have a look around, or browse our website portfolio of recent installations. Our Charter Walk brochure is now also available on line. We look forward to helping you decide which kitchen trends are worth investing in!