As with any form of interior design, trends change from year to year, reflecting differences in taste and fashion. Few rooms display this change in style and taste more so than the kitchen. Although there are practical and functional needs that need to remain the same, the kitchen is a great place to experiment with colour schemes, fixtures, fittings and designs. During 2012 we were made aware of a number of kitchen trends.
The emergence of the glass backsplash has brought about an end to the more traditional tile design. As well as glass, stone such as quartz and granite are very popular as a material to surround the sink area. This can also really compliment marble or granite work surfaces as provided by Compac worktops.
Tap use has also changed notably over the past year. The pull-out faucet is now very much a regular fixture in many kitchens. The pull out faucet integrates two functions into the single unit. It allows greater mobility of the tap and is popular for those wanting to save on their water bill.
Lighting is something that is very important when it comes to the atmosphere of a kitchen. If good natural light is not an option, LED lighting (Light-emitting diode) is now becoming very popular. Initially more expensive than regular lighting, the bulbs are much more energy efficient and can contribute to a desirable ambience in the room.
When it comes to units and furniture, there was a vast decline in the use of cherry wood over the past 12 months. Although no particular material has replaced it as the most dominant, a number of wood types have become prevalent including bamboo and ash. This is also evident amidst work top designs. Caesarstone worktops and Silestone worktops have become popular as they incorporate quartz and marble.
One thing is for sure. Kitchen designs and trends don’t remain the same for long, so it’s only a matter of time before we see a whole new set of ideas in one of the most rapidly changing rooms in the house.