The view from the showroom

Howarth Timber researcher and blogger Kat Jacklin outlines key kitchen trends identified for 2018 and beyond


roviding a dedicated kitchen design service to both trade customers and homeowners offers a unique insight into kitchen design trends: not only those which glossy magazines tell consumers they should want, but features and colours that people actually want to create in their homes.

But whether your taste tends towards traditional, or you want to bring contemporary cool into your home, there are certain elements of design that will never go out of style. Building these evergreen elements into kitchen design, alongside up to date trend-led colours and features, means that the finished space will be the heart of the home for years to come: which is exactly what a kitchen should be.

APPLIANCES: TRADITIONAL & TECHNOLOGICAL For many years, appliances were seen as something of a necessary evil in kitchens:

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with limited choice and few colour options, appliances were previously prioritising function over form. However, modern kitchen design allows

for creative use of appliances so that they either become attractive feature pieces within the room, or blend seamlessly into the overall look of the space. Larger items like freestanding range cookers or US style fridge-freezers can act as a focal point in the room. With a selection of sizes and colours available from suppliers such as Rangemaster, large cookers can work equally well in traditional ‘farmhouse’ style kitchens or in more contemporary spaces with bright or pastel shades. Similarly, large Belfast or Butler sinks are enjoying a renaissance in kitchen design. These have been popular for years with those looking to recreate traditional, country-style kitchens. But the style has seen something of a resurgence in more

Modern kitchen design allows for creative use of appliances

contemporary spaces, driven both by aesthetics and practicality as people need more space to accommodate bulky kitchenware! However, when it comes to appliances,

some trends are here to stay. The desire for clean, uninterrupted lines throughout the kitchen accounts for the ongoing trend for integrated appliances. Modern kitchen design means that smaller appliances can be built into the surfaces or sit perfectly alongside built-in wall units, while larger appliances such as 47

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