Designer    Focus 26 Jan 2018

Papilio’s Prophecy – Aesthetic Trends for 2018: Unique, multi-function, feature taps, openness

As the third of a four-part prophecy – including predictions for colour, material, aesthetic, and appliance trends – today we take a look at what the bespoke kitchen design company based in Frome, Somerset, says about aesthetics.

Unique lighting solutions
Lighting is one of the most important features in the home. It’s one of the places where, in the past, people have sometimes tended to go cheap. However, poor lighting can be detrimental to an area where you have spent money. Incorporating three or more lighting features within a room, from a statement light, to pendant lights, to spotlights, or under island lighting, will best illuminate the details of a kitchen which has had money spent on it, making it a sound financial investment for consumers. Lighting under cabinetry and counters is an easy way to change the atmosphere of a room and add a futuristic feel. Concealed LED’s can be placed under the worktops to transform a kitchen into an entertaining space and add a pop of colour with some neon accents.

Multi-functional elements
Why have one use for a sink when you can have a multi-functional trough which can be used for anything from chilling oysters, champagne or growing herbs, and of course as a traditional sink too? For the avid entertainer, the multi-purpose integrated trough sink is the perfect addition to any kitchen and with more homeowners looking to add that “wow-factor” to their kitchen, this is becoming a favourite with consumers. This once again comes down to how people use their kitchens and how to make the room as functional as can be.

Feature taps
Moving on from the brass material trend, feature taps are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners not wanting to settle for an ‘ordinary’ sink area. Statement sinks really can make the difference in your kitchen and Waterworks are one of the most popular brands to source from. Illustrated is their Regulator Gooseneck Double Spout Marquee Kitchen Faucet, with Matte Black Wheel Handles.

Open shelving
Open shelving is becoming increasingly popular amongst consumers. This easy and accessible option allows homeowners to make a statement in their kitchen by adding their own personality with small accessories and even deluxe food items placed on the shelving.
It’s the perfect chance to add lots of greenery in a physical format with bright, airy kitchens providing the perfect setting for succulents and hanging Ivy, incorporating yet another important interior style trend – living walls. Pairing them with handmade ceramics provides an artisanal and more unique finish.

Tomorrow we will reveal what Papilio predicts to be the appliance trends of 2018.

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