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Trends for 2020 | FOCUS


breakfast bars, such as wood or even a bit of marble where budgets will allow.


In terms of colour trends and styles, advances in printing techniques mean that homeowners are increasingly opting for solid surfaces that imitate natural materials, such as marble, granite and concrete, as well as oxidised metal finishes. Andrew Pickup, director at Karonia, notes that the brand has seen “sustained demand for marble-look products in particular, as well as for numerous shades of grey”. He adds: “With darker furniture colours continuing to dominate in the kitchen and bathroom, often accessorised by metallic taps and handles, we expect purchasing trends to continue to favour white decors and the popular grey shades to balance the look. In general, the industry will continue to maximise the enduring visual appeal of stone effects combined with the versatile features and benefits of man-made materials.” On the subject of solid- core laminates, Holly Turnbull,


Kitchen furniture When it comes to kitchen furniture, trends from 2019 will once again spill over into 2020 with strong colours and plenty of texture the order of the day. In addition, personalisation and individualisation will be key themes.


Advances in printing techniques mean homeowners are increasingly opting for solid surfaces that imitate natural materials


marketing communications manager for Bushboard Worksurfaces, notes that materials like slim solid- core laminate surfaces have made it very easy for consumers who are hesitating to move into their own homes from a rented house, or even into a rented property, to update an existing kitchen and so create a personal, clean space without a huge budget.


Dark greens, dark blues and black are set to be key colours, as are brightly coloured and metallic accents, either in the form of tiles, splashbacks like those available from Alusplash, and sinks and taps. On the subject of black being used in the kitchen, Pronorm product designer Gerd Meier notes that while black has been seen in accents for some time, it is now making its way boldly on to full doors, work surfaces and cabinetry, not only in sold matt black, but also in stained fine-grain woodgrain.


“Matt textures are crucial to the design aesthetic and the latest


anti-fingerprint tech-


nology makes black surfaces practical to use and easy to keep clean. So, we’ll see more full black kitchens,


which can look very elegant and striking when combined with warm lighting or, if that’s a step too far, a warm woodgrain.” Nina Bailey, UK design manager at Formica Group, expects 2020 “to maintain the focus on wellness and incorporating it into daily routines”. She suggests that this will “inspire kitchen design, making cooking and


THE GREAT OUTDOORS


BBQ Kitchens specialises in top-end outdoor kitchen appliances and stainless steel outdoor kitchens. Here, general manager Darren Turnbull tells us why outdoor kitchens are likely to grow in popularity


The trend for outdoor cooking has really taken off in the US, Australia and New Zealand, so the market has grown and we now have some really


sophisticated


equipment, such as really clean gas barbecues that are more like an oven. That has led to people building an almost ‘proper’ kitchen outside. So you might have a stainless steel worktop and units – a wine fridge, a beer fridge and space for all the cookware and equipment you need.


We also have a business creating whole outdoor ‘rooms’, with canopies that give that real indoor/outdoor living feel. In south-west London, everyone is extending their properties and really getting into this idea – they see


what their friends or


neighbours have and then they want to do the same.


It has just evolved from there. After having these extensions people are wondering what to do with the garden and they might have some experience of South Africa or Australia or the


Mediterranean and they want to do that, too.


In the UK, this market is still


very spring- or summer-focused, but the concept of the three- season outdoor living space has really resonated with people and they are choosing to upgrade from their barbecue to this really nice,


sophisticated equipment


that can handle the weather and that they can really use for six to eight months of the year. Anyone who visits my house


and sees the outdoor kitchen wants one.


Linea base and lift-up cabinets from Masterclass Kitchens


eating a more grounded experience with a homely, crafted feel”. Homeowners will continue to combine contemporary and traditional materials, she says, creating an eclectic aesthetic oozing with personality. In terms of colour, palettes are set to become richer and dark and monochrome colour schemes will become increasingly popular as we move into the new year.


Bailey also points to autumnal tones growing in popularity, plus more highly saturated and pigmented pastels compared with what we have seen previously. She also predicts there will be earthy greens and that 2020 will also see a shift away from perfect white in favour of cloudy whites and warm neutrals.


Hard to predict


Meanwhile, head of UK décor management at Egger, Elliott Fairlie, believes that while in the past, “we were able to ‘hang our hat’ on particular trends and styles, it’s so much more difficult with the trends of today, with consumers ultimately looking for their own particular style or theme”.


In response to this, Egger is launching its Decorative Collection in February, which is the company’s “most comprehensive collection to date”. “We are seeing the popularity of classic designs with a modern twist making a bit of a comeback,” explains Fairlie. “This has seen classic wood species with a clean, linear appearance, such as walnut, gaining prominence and used in accents to create a rich feel.


“This can also be achieved with Scandinavian timbers in classic and lighter shades, which mix well with popular natural tones such as taupe, as well as accent colours in a more muted direction in blue/ grey tones.


“Classic marble designs and materials such as linen, meanwhile, add that classic edge to create a modern, yet classic look,” he adds


Fairlie says that in contrast, Egger is also still


seeing the use of lots of authentic and rustic woods, often in contemporary designs, to create accents and statements in what could otherwise be considered minimalist.


“In addition to this, industrial materials, such as metals, stones and concretes, continue to add interest and texture in a whole host of design applications for a highly modern look. Pairing these industrial materials with woodgrains and solid colours creates a high-end look.”


Raw materials Daniel Bowler, director at Eggersmann UK, points to the use of raw natural materials as a key trend in 2020, “particularly with the industrial theme running at full steam”.


He adds: “Materials that bring tone and texture to large, professional-style spaces will be popular, along with a combination of metal and stone.” Nolte, too, has showcased this combination of natural textures – this time metal with cement –


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