Kitchen and bathroom surfaces suppliers need to be ahead of the game when it comes to trends as their material is often the first noticed in any installation. So, as 2017 approaches, Stephen Moss, managing director of Max-Top, predicts the emerging worktop trends for the year ahead.
“Industrial design is a style that has grown in recent years, particularly in Scandinavia, and the trend looks set to continue in 2017,” says Stephen. “Characterised by details such as exposed brick, exposed pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture, the trend is inspired by factory spaces. We have a Warm Grey finish that matches with rustic themes and is ideal options for those seeking the stripped-back, industrial look in their kitchen.
“Having clutter-free worktops is an emerging interior design trend whatever make of worktop is installed! It can open up the space of a kitchen and allows the home cook to calmly prepare their food at a clear surface. The options for cabinetry are developing to enable this layout, carrying various compartments and shelves for everything from seasoning and oils to paper towels and tea bags. Clear worktops can also create the illusion of a larger kitchen space, so for consumers with a smaller kitchen environment it’s well worth considering having a tidy-up!
“Next year we’re anticipating a rise in popularity of grey, black and white tones in the kitchen. These colours can work to varying degrees, whether it’s entire cabinets, worktops or appliances, or subtle hues coming through in various details and accents such as kitchen accessories. While black and white have always been popular finishes, 2016 has seen demand for grey products surge and we expect that demand for grey surfaces of all shades, to be a key trend for 2017.
“At Max-Top we cater for this expected demand by Max-Top Quartz in Anthracite, Black Onyx Sparkle, Diamond White Sparkle and Warm Grey finishes. These tones can work in either a traditional or modern kitchen environment and provide a stylish, memorable environment throughout the year.
“One further trend that we have spotted is an increase in the number of people that are opting to upgrade from a laminate surface to one of our quartz worktops. This may be a trend restricted to us at Max-Top because our 40mm worktops with their unique honeycomb core makes them an ideal refurbishment worktop as well as a product that is easy for kitchen fitters to install.
“But if the trend is broader than that and the quality and value of materials becomes an important consideration, many surface suppliers will benefit from this development.”