Kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.