7 Essential Kitchen Trends Every New Kitchen Needs

July 26, 2019

7 Essential Kitchen Trends Every New Kitchen Needs

Designing a kitchen can present you with a number of challenges.

One of the main challenges is to design and build a kitchen that is not only modern for today but will stand the test of time.

7 Essential Kitchen Trends Every New Kitchen Needs

You want a kitchen that is functional and practical. That frees you up to enjoy your home, family and friends but also allows you to enjoy your time in the kitchen.

Your new kitchen should save you time and enhance your time in the kitchen.

Here are our 7 favourite trends for designing a kitchen that will be relevant for today and into the future.

1. Smart Kitchens

Technology is making our lives easier and faster and this applies to the Kitchen.

From simply controlling your kitchen lighting via your smartphone or tablet you now can use technology and the internet to be in complete control of your kitchen.

You can have technology integrated into every function and appliance from your taps to the refrigerator to the lighting.

If you are building a brand new kitchen these developments can be included from the start. If you have an older kitchen then sensors or other devices can be used to upgrade your kitchen.

Easy add-ons are motion sense-equipped kitchen taps that can sense the presence of hands underneath and will come on automatically or try a one-touch feature.

Refrigerators that can alert you when your groceries items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up. 

From remote light controls to smart screen display fridges, there are plenty of smart updates to take advantage of for the best in kitchen design.

Innovations that allow you to wirelessly communicate with your lights, thermostats, music, fans, shades, smart door locks, and security cameras have allowed us to connect with our homes whether we are in them or not.

Now you can connect with your oven, coffee maker, small appliances, and refrigerator no matter where you are in the world 

2. Streamline Design

Homeowners are looking to have more streamlined kitchens. They are looking for a stress-free, hassle-free environment. A place to escape to after a busy day or work or other activities. 

The key here is simplicity. Simplicity with design, simple clean lines, simple to use kitchen.

Concealed options are becoming more popular for storage and appliances.

Straight lines are a way of having that simple and easy look. No handles on cabinetry, easy to open drawers, larger drawers for storage.

3. Dark Colours

All-white kitchens are decreasing in popularity. 

White still remains a popular colour but homeowners are looking to add some colour and personality to their kitchen.

To break up an all-white kitchen people are looking to have kitchen islands in a variety of different colours. Or using different colour cabinetry to complement the traditional white look.

Dark kitchen cabinets can work in and/or enhance a kitchen space with its dramatic and luxurious feel. 

Dark kitchen cabinets portray full-on elegance and a deep rich luxurious atmosphere that the other options just don’t. They cast the kitchen in a subtle dramatic essence.

However, you have to be careful that it does not overpower the room, making it feel perpetually dark. But more and more homeowners are getting bolder and opting for a kitchen with dark cabinet colours

Instead of focusing on shine and gloss in the kitchen, matte black is the new neutral of choice. Not only does it feel fresh in an otherwise light kitchen, but it will help blend your jewel-toned accents and lighting with the rest of the space.

Black is a classic colour that brings, without a shadow of a doubt, sophistication and distinction to any décor. It’s a great option for anyone wanting to explore new avenues and think outside the box.

Whether you opt for a kitchen with a total black look or combine it with beautiful wood species and a counter in an opposite shade, it dresses up wonderfully the kitchen.

Do not be intimidated by its Imposing presence, but rather explore the different design possibilities that know how to make a piece look stunning.

Whether in accessories, sinks, taps, appliances, or cabinetry you’ll see dark and bold colour in the design. 

Contrasting colours offset the hard surfaces that can make a kitchen feel cold. People are using hues in green, blue, dark grey, red, and even black. All are stunning when paired with finishes in white, metal, and wood.

7 Essential Kitchen Trends Every New Kitchen Needs

4. Storage Solution

Storage in the kitchen is extremely important.

Over the years we have seen the development of hardware that makes having a dead area in your cabinets a thing of the past.

From lazy susans to flexible shelves that pull out as you open the cupboard door means that you will save space and your back from having to look deep into a cabinet to find something. 

Deeper than average drawers allow the homeowner to improve storage and cooking experience. They are mainly being utilised in high traffic cooking areas so that there is easy access to pots and pans.

Other improvements can include 

  • Appliances garages for small appliances
  • Drawer dividers for cutlery & utensils, pull-outs for spices, 
  • Tray dividers, 
  • Roll-out trays and caddies for pots & pans,
  • Wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recyclables and deep drawers. These will make it easier to store foods, drinks and small appliances. 


    5. Connecting with the Outdoors

    Homeowners are connecting the kitchen to an outdoor space or pergola. 

    They are adding entry points from the kitchen to outside entertainment areas. 

    By installing a glassdoor in your kitchen, you can easily connect these two spaces in your home. 

    7 Essential Kitchen Trends Every New Kitchen Needs

    6. Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

    Kitchen islands are no longer an afterthought or something small to squeeze into the kitchen. 

    They have become focal points and the hub of the kitchen. 

    One of the changes emerging is the single level, larger sizing island, that serves multiple uses; especially if there is less wall cabinet space in kitchen design. 

    Single level islands don’t block light, increase prep space, and create an unobstructed conversation and dining area.

    By extending your countertop over the edge of your kitchen island, you’ll easily add extra space for seating more guests while eliminating the need for a table if you are short on space.

    The breakfast bar can house cabinets and also double as casual seating while you’re entertaining, which is exactly why this trend is so popular. 

    Many contemporary homes have islands with seating and pendant lights that create a beautiful feature vignette in the kitchen.

    You don’t want a very big island that looks out of place. For foot traffic, leave about 90 to 120 centimetres of space on all sides. The size and the nature of the kitchen island are often dictated by what purpose it will serve.

    No matter how small or large, a kitchen island occupies a focal point in your kitchen and hence, are often the most focused item when it comes to a kitchen renovation. 

    Natural stones like granite and marble along with engineered quartz are some of the most commonly used material due to the variety they offer without compromising on durability.

    7. Kitchen Lighting

    Lighting is important in any kitchen, and pendant lights are the fixture of choice—particularly in Italian-inspired, jewel-toned designs.

    Make a statement with a conversation-starting a set of pendant lights as they’re perfect for adding ample lighting to wide-open spaces.

    The introduction of layered light has allowed for the improved design of kitchens.

    Working with different levels of light enables designers to create a clever atmosphere. Regardless of style, the triad of overall, task and accent lighting when woven into the kitchen’s design creates a wonderful feeling.

    It’s possible to create contrasts by integrating lighting with dark cabinets and countertops to create an elegant atmosphere and give a futuristic impression, such as a Blade Runner scene. 

    These 7 essential kitchen trends will give your new kitchen a look that will last well into the future.

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