Amazing Kitchen Trends for Autumn 2018
During 2017, Oxford kitchen trends lent towards herringbone tiles, blue cabinetry and Neff’s Slide and Hide oven but what can we expect in 2018? Fortunately, we have studied the trends through our client’s requests and come up with some ideas.
If you’re remodelling your kitchen, you probably have a good idea of what your kitchen needs. However, it is still a good idea to seek out inspiration from other sources.
We have spoken to several of our clients and friends in the industry to bring you what to expect for the trends that will sweep the kitchen design industry for the next few months.
Hide and Seek storage
It seems to open-plan living is as popular as ever and companies like Scavolini have seen tastes change towards hidden storage. An excellent case can be made for this with hidden storage featuring a selection of pocket doors that slide out of sight from your guests while you entertain. This covers your kitchen’s content from prying eyes and allows you to transform your kitchen from a workspace to an entertainment space in just a few seconds.
The trend of open-plan kitchens is very much alive, but there are people who are keen to point out faults in this design approach, “where do you hide dirty pots and pans?”. If this is something that concerns you and you appreciate your privacy, this might the solution you’re looking for.
The concept itself is very simple - you take an open-plan kitchen design and add in a freestanding shelving unit or raised breakfast bar to create separation without having to add in an extra wall to break rooms up.
This, in turn, creates a more zoned approach and experts consider it to be an evolution in the open-plan living design that allows you to be sociable while maintaining privacy.
Yes, this isn’t a joke. There has been a big trend in consumer buying habits towards unicorn-themed homeware over the past few months. Now, that influence is creeping into the world of kitchen design, bringing it into the fantasy realm.
You’re probably expecting multicolour madness from the nightmares of a six-year-old’s colouring book but be assured it is much tamer than that. The influence of unicorns comes in the form of smart white gloss units, gentle tones of pale pinks and blues and gold accents that highlight the fantasy influence on the kitchen.
This trend has made its way into our kitchens and people are starting to fill embrace the theme of turning a plain wall into one painted with glitter-infused colours, gloss tiles and accessories like coloured glass tea lights that add some extra sparkle.
As you will know from every kitchen brochure over the past decade, white has been the favourite shade for cabinetry, but colours are starting to come back into our kitchens. Blue and grey units have been gaining a lot of momentum, especially when used in combination with two shades of the same colour - for example, light blue wall units with dark blue base units.
If you’re feeling brave, this can also be taken a step further by adding bright coloured units and setting them against neutral worktops and units. Another addition could be using mixed materials for worktops, like wood on your island and composite materials elsewhere.
A hint of Morocco
The feeling of being on holiday is one of the few that are hard to replicate when you’re at home but you can go some way to achieving this by taking inspiration from warmer climates. Pinterest has noted that searches for Morrocan-inspired décor have seen a 128% rise. This is especially true of terms like “Moroccan tiles” and “Moroccan Splashbacks” which have seen growing momentum.
Set to become popular in 2018 are Moroccan-inspired mosaic wallpaper and feature floor tiles. This trend will also see lighter Moroccan touches take hold - chunky wooden worktops, gold lanterns and even pendant lighting.