Whether you’re developing properties with compact kitchens to suit first time buyers, or grand open-plan family spaces, getting the kitchen right is vital. Lanzet Kitchens’ head of design, Alison Day has reviewed this year’s major UK trend reports to identify the top five themes for contract kitchens 2017.
1. New twists on the classic shaker
Shaker kitchen cabinets seem to transcend trends due to their flexibility. With this timeless base, homeowners can style them with country-chic accessories or high tech gadgets. There is a move away from chunky profiles over to thinner contouring; plus, teaming Shaker cabinets with sleek work surfaces and new-to-market handles brings them bang up to date. Slab in-frame doors as a design combination with Shaker style doors is another hot designer tip coming through this year.
2. Sleek and chic
Sleek doesn’t just mean high gloss and handless (although demand remains high for this look), grained finishes still meet consumer demand for clean lines and contemporary looks. However, sleek does mean clutter free, given the huge trend of fitting appliances and gadgets neatly hidden behind doors or encased within the wall units. This trend is also about big and wide – with lots of clever storage built inside.
3. Low profile worktops and Quartz
Slim profile worktops, from 12mm deep, are a key way to ensure a kitchen will offer longevity. Similarly, the number of developers upgrading from laminate to Quartz is significant. This trend looks set to continue in the year ahead as the quality and value of materials becomes an important consideration. The upgrade from laminate to natural stone can greatly increase the grandeur of a room for a relatively modest price increase. Lanzet’s bestselling solid worktop is a 20mm Quartz.
4. Fingerprint friendly matt finishes
Not only are matt finished doors more resilient to sticky fingers, they also add softness to a kitchen environment. More and more matt door options are becoming available and matt is slowly overtaking high gloss. Hi-gloss finishes are still a good option in a small space as they will help to bounce light around the room and improve the sense of space.
5. Mix and match
Painted cabinetry is soaring in popularity (particularly for high-specification kitchens) due to suppliers, like Lanzet, being able to cost effectively paint-to-order – offering almost any choice of colour, as well as a colour matching service. While grey is the most dominant hue, indigo, navy and graphite are also increasingly popular. For those opting for an all white kitchen, which – let’s face it – is truly a trend that will never go out of style, Pantone’s Greenery and Dulux’s Denim Drift colours are dominating the 2017 home interiors sector as complementary paint colours.