Kitchen Trends


I worked on a two day shoot a few months ago styling photographs for Smeg in my home with Jacqui Turk, it was a great shoot where I got to have some fun with casual food styling and I especially loved the challenge of styling our fridge and freezer to a showroom/catalogue standard. I wanted to share the shots on here, as I’m so pleased with how they turned out.

All this focus on the kitchen got me thinking about trends and how my particular kitchen will fare in around 5 years time.

In the planning stages of a kitchen renovation it’s important to leave some time to do your research, pin images on Pinterest and tear out magazine photos of spaces you love. Chances are, you’ll soon realise the kitchen style you are drawn to. I think it’s important not to take interior trends too seriously, if it’s something you love and can’t stop thinking about – then it’s pretty safe to say it’s right for you and your home. I do think it’s good to take your time and don’t make too many big impulse decisions, and try to imagine yourself in the space in 5 years time. Will you still be happy with your choices?

It’s safe to say I’m going to love our  White Dual Fuel Freestanding Oven/Stove for many years to come, I can’t tell yohow lovely it is to use. As I’ve mentioned previously, I based my recent kitchen renovation around it and I just knew we needed the beauty in the space and so a natural direction from the traditional lines of the cooker was to add shaker cabinetry. Touches of gold came after that in the form of cabinet handles and a mixer tap. I realize gold is a current trend that’s popping up everywhere in interiors – but it’s a trend I love, and I figure door hardware and a sink tap can always be updated in 5 years time if I get over the look.

I’ve pulled together some further trends that are popping up in kitchen designs:

Integrated storage and workstations
It’s becoming increasingly popular to integrate appliances and workstations into the design of a kitchen to create a sense of flow and order. It’s important to ensure that an appliance such as a microwave doesn’t dominate the aesthetic of your kitchen and this focus stops your kitchen looking cluttered and busy. For example, I hid our Smeg microwave under the breakfast bench, concealed from the hero viewing angles. It’s no secret that an abundance of storage in a kitchen is a must, so having a pantry that is tucked behind joinery is a great way to provide generous storage while being discreet.

Pared-back colour palette
Investing in a kitchen renovation is a big expense, so having a pared-back colour palette would allow your kitchen to always sit comfortably within the interior style of your home. Open shelving is always handy if you have decided to go with a safe colour palette – which mean objects and homewares with punches of colour can still be included in your kitchen and reflect your own personal style – but can always be re-arranged for a refresh if you are sick of the look.

Colour trends
Trend forecasters are saying dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues (although I’m not quite ready for that, I think a navy blue kitchen is divine). Dark green as a paint colour creates a wintery Scandi look that works beautifully with brass, marble and terracotta – it adds depth and brings in colours from the outdoors. The lighter hue on it’s way to stardom is the lightest peachy nude, which would look amazing for door cabinetry with gold door hardware, if you’re game!

Mix it up
Changing up hardware finishes is a trend that isn’t going anywhere soon: Instead of going for a monochromatic stainless steel look, renovators are choosing integrated appliances and accessories with various finishes, such as gold, timber, white enamel and pewter. The final result is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind space. Another popular trend I’m seeing is ‘tuxedo cabinets’ eg.You could consider navy blue cabinets at the bottom with soft grey wall cabinets for a soft contrast.

Our integrated dishwasher blends right in:

Social Butterfly
If you live anything like my family does, the kitchen is no longer simply where your meals are prepared, it is the place where the family gets together at the end of the day to eat, talk, watch television, or just hang out with the laptop. Design trends have started to reflect this way of living with open-plan kitchens blending into the main living and dining areas. After a big wall was knocked out, I know our kitchen has become the entertainment centre of our house. I’m just careful it doesn’t equal lots of clutter and mess. The oversize pantry with drawers and small appliance cupboard means a lot can be hidden behind closed doors. One exception to this rule is the 50’s retro style small appliances I have from the Smeg range. The toaster and kettle in cream are too gorgeous to hide away, and we also got to have a play with the range in soft blue.

Briar x


1 comment

  • Mike

    You have a lovely kitchen that is classic & timeless. With good bones you can update with on trend accent items from time to time without breaking the bank. I wish my fridge was as well organized as yours!

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