Homes+ (Australia) - - TREND ALERT -

In 2017 and be­yond, ply­wood will be a strong pres­ence in joinery, par­tic­u­larly in kitchens and liv­ing ar­eas. Its raw, tex­tured and sim­plis­tic qual­ity is quite a con­trast to the ma­te­ri­als we usu­ally as­so­ciate with a kitchen, em­body­ing the idea of mov­ing back to sim­ple and func­tional ma­te­ri­als and colours. This trend is all about em­brac­ing the raw or “naked” qual­ity of this ma­te­rial.

We know white kitchens are pop­u­lar – and have been for some time, as they date ex­tremely well and work with just about any ma­te­rial or colour. In 2017, white will still be a sta­ple colour in kitchens, how­ever in­tro­duc­ing tim­ber ac­cents, such as ply­wood, will be­come al­most a ne­ces­sity to pre­vent kitchens from be­com­ing too bland and bor­ing – af­ter all, white and wood make the per­fect com­bi­na­tion!

Open ply­wood shelv­ing is a sim­ple and con­tem­po­rary way to add stor­age to a space, and it looks fan­tas­tic filled with books and trin­kets for a dis­play book­case or wall. A dis­play wall is a great so­lu­tion for an area that may be un­us­able for any­thing else but stor­age, but also a space where you could in­tro­duce a fea­ture el­e­ment to add warmth and tex­ture. As ply­wood is such a cost-ef­fec­tive, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and work­able ma­te­rial, you could even build one your­self over a week­end.

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