Kitchens, bed­rooms and bath­rooms

The Oban Times - - SELF BUILD & RENOVATION -


Home­own­ers to­day want an open and thought­fully de­signed kitchen that blends seam­lessly with the rest of the home’s de­sign aes­thetic. From hid­den ap­pli­ances and bins to beau­ti­fully painted cab­i­nets in com­ple­ment­ing colours, home­own­ers want their kitchen to be stylish enough for en­ter­tain­ing, yet wel­com­ing and func­tional for ev­ery­day use.

Clean lines

Cabi­netry with clean lines and built-in styles are pop­u­lar. More home­own­ers might be will­ing to go with a more mod­ern look be­cause of the new tech­nolo­gies be­ing in­tro­duced in kitchens.

Two tone

White and grey are still the go-to colours for many. Two-tone kitchens are also trend­ing. Wood cab­i­nets still dom­i­nate the kitchen, but metal cab­i­nets (such as stain­less steel, gold, and black) could be on the rise. Quartz is the top coun­ter­top choice.

Long-term in­vest­ment

Ac­ces­si­ble and univer­sal de­sign fea­tures are trend­ing as home­own­ers are choos­ing to age in place and more house­holds are multi-gen­er­a­tional. Tech­nol­ogy is on the rise with internet-con­nected ap­pli­ances mak­ing their way into the kitchen as well as in­duc­tion cook tops and steam ovens.

Bin it

In­te­grated kitchen bins, which fea­ture mul­ti­ple com­part­ments, al­low you to make the most of un­used kitchen cup­board or drawer space.


The bed­room mar­ket is com­ing of age as home­own­ers seek a de­signer look, just as they do in the kitchen and the bath­room. The range of op­tions avail­able in the fit­ted bed­room mar­ket has ex­panded of­fer­ing more choice than ever.

Lux­ury and com­fort

Jonathan War­ren, di­rec­tor at bed and sleep spe­cial­ist Time 4 Sleep, thinks we should add an el­e­ment of lux­ury to our homes this year. He says: ‘Au­tumn is all about feel­ing cosy your home. In­dulge in beau­ti­ful fur­nish­ings to cre­ate a charm­ing, bou­tique-style room. Your bed­room should be a haven of re­lax­ation at the end of a long day so choose fur­ni­ture that will make you feel calm and con­tent. Opt for a plush, up­hol­stered head­board to add a lux­u­ri­ous touch to your bed­room. Team this with an ex­cel­lent qual­ity mat­tress for the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of com­fort and style.’

More op­tions than ever

Re­cent de­vel­op­ments have seen an ex­plo­sion of not just colours, tex­tures and styles but a to­tally new ap­proach that co­or­di­nates bed­side ta­bles, beds and oc­ca­sional fur­ni­ture. More so­phis­ti­cated hid­den stor­age op­tions and light­ing al­lows con­sumers to per­son­alise their bed­room de­sign like never be­fore.

Tech­nol­ogy with a vin­tage feel

Cur­rent stand out trends in bed­rooms in­clude the growth in syn­chro­nised MFC fin­ishes. Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy has en­abled the pro­duc­tion of beau­ti­ful wood grained fin­ishes with tex­ture and va­ri­ety that are much closer to the real thing, mak­ing these very pop­u­lar.

Sleek so­lu­tions

In terms of prod­ucts, slid­ers are surg­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. There is a grow­ing de­mand for slid­ing wardrobes be­cause they present a sleek so­lu­tion to bed­room stor­age and are avail­able in a wide range of colours and fin­ishes.


From Nordic to cool­ness and vin­tage, stylish de­sign is in de­mand for bath­rooms in 2017.

Ur­ban cool­ness

Black, metal and con­crete are hot for the coolest of looks. Char­ac­terised by clear, strong lines, sharp edges and com­plete avoid­ance of em­bel­lish­ments, the ur­ban cool­ness in­te­rior trend is all about purist min­i­mal­ism in its most pared-down form. This style is also ring­ing the changes in the bath­room, with black and white re­plac­ing bright colours, sin­gle shades in­stead of pat­terns, stain­less steel rather than brass and raw con­crete in place of warm plas­ter.

Vin­tage style

Retro and vin­tage styles are still key trends, en­hanced in some cases with a mod­ern note. Fa­mil­iar items are be­ing re­dis­cov­ered and re­vealed in new in­ter­pre­ta­tions, in­spired by style in­flu­ences, but avoid­ing di­rect repli­ca­tion. And noone wants to sac­ri­fice mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and con­tem­po­rary com­forts, es­pe­cially in the bath­room. Quite the re-verse, func­tion­al­ity is taken for granted, ex­clu­sive lux­ury is a must.


Scan­di­navia’s ap­peal is as strong as ever. All over the world, the Nordic life­style stands for friend­li­ness, au­then­tic­ity and an affin­ity with na­ture. And na­ture is also an in­spi­ra­tion in in­te­rior de­sign, with lots of wood, un­der­stated shapes, clear lines and soft colours re­flect­ing the typ­i­cal Nordic life­style and invit­ing a feel­ing of well-be­ing into the bath­room.


Con­jur­ing up images of fresh leaves and new shoots, green­ery, the Pan­tone colour of 2017, is a fresh, yel­low-green shade rep­re­sent­ing na­ture in spring. This life-af­firm­ing colour is brim­ming with vi­tal­ity and pas­sion. Green­ery also stands for diver­sity, hav­ing al­ready per­me­ated ev­ery area of the fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign worlds. Its in­flu­ence is also ap­par­ent in the bath­room.

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