FOCUS | Trends for 2020

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again as part of an industrial look. In addition, both Nolte and Scavolini note the increasing relevance of soft-matt surfaces that feel luxurious, while offering benefits such as anti-fingerprint technology in the case of Nolte’s door ranges Plus and Flair, and hi-tech durability and longevity, and even repairability in the case of Scavolini’s Fenix NTM.

In terms of design and layout, we can look forward to a much cosier and more homely feel, with open shelving for displaying knick-knacks and ornaments and the dining table taking the place of the breakfast bar as a more comfortable way of socialising.

Technology Multiwood marketing manager Dan Evers comments that technology will be the main driving force behind most of the expected trends. “Improvements in technology have enhanced the availability of products and product finishes that were not so readily available in the past.

“The influences behind 2020’s colour and material choices also stem from technology. Social media has a huge effect on our daily fashion and design choices, with more and more people turning to social channels like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Home magazines are, thankfully, still as relevant as ever and we expect to see lots of publications feature bold colours and brash finishes over chrome or the copper trend of recent years.”

Sinks and taps Technology is leading innovation in the market for sinks and taps, too, mostly in the area of PVD (physical vapour deposition) coatings, which allows brands to create these products in almost any colour. Most popular for sinks and taps in 2019 were metallic finishes such as copper, gunmetal and brass.

Abode marketing manager

Leanne Adamson notes that with the continuing trend for industrial-style kitchens, matt black and brass finishes will be particularly popular as these


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tones are “extremely versatile and combine well with trending kitchen materials, such as natural stone, metal and wood”.

Granite will continue as a popular choice with consumers, “for its durability and easy maintenance characteristics”, comments Carron Phoenix brand manager Larah Kuziw. “And more recently


Technology is leading innovation in the market for sinks and taps with PVD coatings allowing brands to create these products in almost any colour

[in 2019].”

Multifunctionality is also increasingly important to consumers in open-plan kitchens where a clutter-

product has been reimagined with contemporary colours, lower-profile designs and easier installation.” Dave Mayer, sales and marketing director at Reginox, adds: “The sleek appearance of granite lends itself beautifully to the minimalistic kitchen, as the material’s smooth lines can blend almost seamlessly with granite work surfaces to create a simple, but stunning, result that is simultaneously subtle but eye-catching. Grey, in its many shades, is still the leading colour of choice – our Harlem granite sink in ‘silvery grey’ has been one of our best-selling sinks

free, minimalist look is preferred. So multifunctional and boiling and hot water taps, will continue to do well in 2020 and beyond. These taps, rather than simply being something people would like, are now often regarded as essential. They also have the benefit of significant eco-credentials, as you only heat the amount of water you need, thereby saving energy. Most of these taps now also offer sparkling, chilled and filtered water, so homeowners with these are much less likely to purchase bottled water. Reginox’s Mayer says sales of its hot water taps have quadrupled in the past 12 months [to November 2019] and he anticipates they will quadruple again across 2020 and 2021.


When it comes to multifunctional sinks, Franke its Box Center,

is “the ultimate”. It is

ergonomically designed to transform into a workstation with its integrated food-preparation accessories for chopping, washing, rinsing and draining all close at hand.

Crafted in premium stainless steel, the innovative double-bowl sink features a spacious main bowl for everyday use. Its second compartment bowl incorporates a range of accessories, including chef- quality knives, knife holder, stainless steel strainer bowl, food-preparation platter, chopping board and a wire rack that can be stowed away neatly, leaving the area organised and clutter-free.

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