STAYING ON TOP OF NEW TRENDS
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.