2014 kitchen trends from Eurocucina

2014 kitchen trends from Eurocucina

Key points to note about this years trends in kitchen design

  • juxtaposing of a variety of textures
  • matte finishes dominate over high gloss finishes
  • steel, glass, laminates, natural stone and quartz surfaces, porcelain and timber are this year's preferred materials
  • balance of texture to help disguise  fingerprints and smudge marks
  • clear lean towards focussing on more natural-looking products
  • move to incorporate more nature into design is right in line with the rising awareness of global sustainable development issues
  • the world of IT is finally hitting our kitchens too -  mini-bars emerging automatically,  automated cupboard doors hiding and revealing cabinet contents, kitchen countertops moving horizontally and vertically and extractor fans delighted visitors with a magical emergence from countertops at the press of a button
  • integrated dining table slotted into the kitchen countertop, but at dining room table height
  • conjoined dining space attached to the main kitchen island
  • the kitchen to become the firm hub of hospitality in the home
  • clever use of personalised styling - Vintage items were big, as well as unusual styling pieces with thought provoking sayings and quotes, or artwork that looked handmade
  • Lighting as a design focus - major lighting trend was low-hanging lights suspended over the island space, however, more and more designers opted for floor-level lighting on the kickboards and continued to use LED strips beneath high level cabinets and at on the inner corners of open shelving. A new predominant trend that stood out at the show was LED lighting appearing within drawers, switching on automatically when the drawer was opened
  • cabinets were mostly free of traditional handles and showcased the popular push-touch technology and fingergrips. A lack of handles allowed focus to fall squarely on the cabinet cladding material textures and colour, and an often clever layout of drawers and cabinets
  • countertops in many kitchens were exceptionally slim, adding to the clean, sophisticated look expressed in many kitchens this year. Some designers opted for a reverse bevel, cutting away the original surface thickness to create the illusion of a super-thin top
  • mostly dark, monochromatic tones lead the way. Dark and light timber tones seemed to anchor many of the schemes. In some cases one or two primary colours were used. The best designs incorporated a considered combination of textures in the same tones in order to create a pleasing overall design
  • In line with the sustainability and hipster movements, as well as the worldwide foodie revolution, indoor gardens, greenery and herbs were the order of the day. The move back to nature and natural materials was completed with beautiful luminous tones of green expressed through inter-countertop planter boxes and herb walls
  • Open plan living has begun to erode the space between kitchen, dining room and lounge - the inclusion of couches, televisions and armchairs, dining room tables and reading spots within kitchen spaces. The old adage, 'the kitchen is the heart of the home' became a reality 

Posted: Tue 23 Sep 2014

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