Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, we all need them but where to go to find the best suppliers, gadgets and pink sinks? KBB is where.
First let's look at the kitchens (bathrooms to follow). Half expecting the show to consist of endless stands of hinges, extractor systems and shiny suits, although I did see plenty of these, I was happy to be proved wrong as I discovered cutting edge kitchen design and looks and learnt a lot about the forthcoming trends, which I'm going to share with you here.
Wanting to ensure that I do know what the next big thing in kitchens will be for my lovely clients, I also attended a very informative talk on Future Materials and Colour Trends by Formica which correlated with the items I selected on my visit.
Every two years, Formica Group researches and collaborates with global designers and architects to define the upcoming trends that will have a direct impact on design. Called 'Future Vision', it predicted the future materials and colours that will shape the sector and how they fit with broader consumer and societal themes. The key themes for the coming years
Honest and robust materials such as metal, wood, glass and porcelain in industrially inspired spaces. Think warehouse but with softer edges and steely greys anchoring pops of utilitarian colours. A definite move away from the hi-gloss cupboard.
Or bringing the outside in. The latest swathe of Instagram interiors featuring lots of greenery in the home and the use of natural wood along with open spaces and inhabited views through vast panes of glass is where your kitchen will be at. Think blurring the boundaries of inside and outside with herbs growing in mini counter-top glasshouses and soft earthy colours such as Khakis, pale browns and off-whites forming the colour schemes.
Summarised best as minimalist, sensory and tactile. Kitchens will become a lot calmer with tech hidden in appliances (see Samsung fridge above) and transparent and reflective surfaces with lighter hues, simple lines and all small appliances put-away. Only the most beautiful form meets function items will survive the countertop cull.
So, I'd go for the solid pine kitchen, with white tops, hanging baskets, polished plaster walls and chunky handles to encompass al the above.
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Not surprisingly, I didn't spend much time here. Sorry hinge guys.
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