STAY­ING ON TOP OF NEW TRENDS

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For peo­ple think­ing of ren­o­vat­ing and want­ing their style choices to last the dis­tance, it’s worth con­sid­er­ing the lat­est trends from over­seas.

In the US, Hamp­tons-style kitchens, pop­u­lar in Aus­tralia, are out, ac­cord­ing to Mas­ter Builders man­ager dis­play vil­lages, An­drew Rock­ley.

“In­stead, clean-lined con­tem­po­rary kitchens rule,” he said.

“And in Europe, hi-tech kitchens are where it’s at.”

The US Na­tional Kitchen & Bath As­so­ci­a­tion’s (NKBA) 2017 de­sign trends sur­vey found con­tem­po­rary-styled kitchens had over­taken tra­di­tional kitchens to be­come the sec­ond-most pop­u­lar kitchen de­sign.

The most pop­u­lar US de­sign is clas­si­fied as tran­si­tional — de­sign which falls some­where be­tween con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional.

The NKBA ex­pects to see clean lines, builtins and sim­ple door styles dom­i­nat­ing kitchen de­signs this year.

The sur­vey found white and grey-painted cab­i­nets dom­i­nated kitchen colour schemes, while blue-painted and high-gloss cab­i­nets were emerg­ing. For over­all colour schemes, blue as well as black were gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, as were two-toned kitchens.

Wood cab­i­nets dom­i­nated US kitchen de­signs, but metal, cur­rently a small seg­ment of the cab­i­net mar­ket, ap­peared to be emerg­ing. Th­ese were most fre­quently spec­i­fied by younger and male de­sign­ers.

“Quartz is the most pop­u­lar kitchen coun­ter­top ma­te­rial, and trend­ing up,” Mr Rock­ley said.

“Gran­ite, the sec­ond most pop­u­lar coun­ter­top ma­te­rial, is trend­ing down.”

In­duc­tion cook­tops and con­vec­tion ovens were trend­ing higher, and mi­crowave draw­ers were out­pac­ing free­stand­ing or built-in mi­crowaves. Steam ovens still rep­re­sented a small seg­ment of the mar­ket, but were also trend­ing higher.

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