Be free, be individual
The kitchen as a functional space peaked a few years ago. There is a growing desire for furnishing options that are open towards the living room or, at least, a cosy kitchen design and along with that, a proliferation of solutions proposed by the kitchen furniture industry permitting maximum individuality, with or without handles.
Mix & Match
In today’s kitchen and room design, loud colours are tending to retreat into recesses as a means of placing accents. Furniture is dominated by the classic architects’ colours of white, black and grey, each in a range of gradations and in matt or gloss finishes. These self-colours are complemented by metallic variants like titanium, silver and gold or enduring copper. Designs like concrete, glass, ceramic and stone are also still trendy, with increased use of slate and natural wood.
Country style – elegance blends with tradition
In country style, as well as the restrained versions more and more manufacturers are also once again presenting the big-impact, fanciful variants with pilasters, hood surrounds and cornices, and indeed why not in a new pastel green tone.
Smart shelf solutions
Open and closed elements create cosiness.
Shelving systems in wood, often two-tone, or in stainless steel coloured or black metal, which are creating a real revolution in the industry this year, combine with glass cabinets, lowboards and sideboards to make fluid transitions to the living area. Coffered tall units and ceiling-high wall panels emphasize the cosy character of the particular room, setting a new, higher standard for interior design.
More than just a kitchen
Also, year after year the manufacturers are increasingly going for furnishing and functional design options that go far beyond the kitchen space itself.
Interiors classic grey instead of clean white
The interiors of kitchen furniture are also experiencing a perceptible trading up, not only in terms of function, with push-to-open hinges, integral damping, self-closing pull-outs, etc., but also as regards design. Instead of eternal white, many manufacturers are going for anthracite and black for interiors too, i.e. including the drawer side profiles, complementing the overall effect with clear glass or black glass profiles. The integrated organizer systems are no less attractive and are styled in the same colour or a variety of wood finishes.