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Kitchen Trends – as reported from this year’s Grand Designs

Every year a wide spectrum of leading brand interiors, architectural and landscaping companies bring their latest products to display at Grand Designs Live in London. This year’s recent show was an inspiring event, with some key trends that were clear to see across the exhibition. It was great to see so many textured materials, indicating that the tactile trend is still going strong, bringing a sense of touch and comfort that connects us to our homes away from the busy outside world. It was particularly interesting to see a playful incorporation of textural contrasts as different products interplayed textures for a real eye-catcher of a design. Smooth Corian and glittering granite worktops were combined with natural wood, whilst material such as ceramic were mixed in the kitchen with river-washed wooden breakfast bars with an almost raw grain. And for the Fashionistas, you could see fabric introduced onto door fronts with a nod to the current tweed revival on one kitchen stand. Textures can give a completely luxurious feel to your kitchen, adding a hidden depth to an otherwise clean surface. A few years ago, white was the new black, and whilst it’s undoubtedly still the most popular colour choice for kitchens, it was considerably outnumbered at the show by a huge variety of solid wood fronts, veneers and timber-effects, in a plethora of shades and grains. Gone (almost) are the classic shapes of framed wooden kitchens of traditional times though. The new wood door is smooth, with sleek lines and precisely aligned grains for a new, modern finish that indicates a continuation of our love affair with minimalistic styles. Lighting is playing a larger part in today’s interior choices than ever before and we saw a definite explosion of vintage-inspired bare bulbs across the show, which work really well with the ultra-modern, industrial-inspired furniture. Bringing touches of character to otherwise bared-back styles and materials, we also saw a nod to the vintage trend with reclaimed bar stools and decadent antique leather chairs. Perhaps it is also this trend that explains a return of copper and brass-plated elements such as splash-backs sinks and taps, which appeared on the most design-led stands? Whatever the reason, it all added to a show that was full of excitement and variety – and visitors seemed to love it!

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