Our kitchens are designed by our team in Christchurch, and then made by our suppliers in Germany, so rather than replicate the latest in European design and technology we go straight to the source!
In the lead up to the release of the big name European 2024 ranges in September this year, we are thinking about what's popular right now, and what's trending for the coming year. Here are some key trends we are seeing;
1. Using large natural stone slabs as the splashback. We often continue the benchtop material into the splashback for our clients', and this trend is going nowhere! It's a clean, modern look and with the move towards high contrast veined material for benches, the splashback is wow without detracting from the wow of the benchtop.
Many of our clients want to use the same material not only for the design ethos, but for the practicality. Easier to clean without grout lines of tiles, and more forgiving than a glass splashback.
2. And this leads us onto the benchtops of choice - the high contrast veined finishes are definitely continuing to dominate. A wide variety of materials can provide this veined finish - we use Dekton, Neolith, a variety of engineered stones, acrylics, marble, granite, quartzites, and the list goes on!
3. Mixed metals and materials - the hardware on the fixtures does not have to match - and we are loving the coloured options for sinks and tapware including bronze and copper tones. These colours mix happily with the stainless steel or black appliance finishes that are in fashion.
4. Multi-purpose open-shelving as partitions. This mid-century inspired trend creates shelving for beautiful displays, which also doubles as a functional room divider. Incorporating some open shelving can bridge the openness of the contemporary open-plan living space, adding coziness and a place for some personal touches when dressing your kitchen.
5. Integrated appliances - integrated appliances remain a popular choice keeping the seamless modern look that has been ever popular for the last few years. Fridge freezers hidden behind cabinetry fronts creates a stunning back wall for your kitchen, while in Europe even the ovens are often hidden away behind cabinetry using pocket door systems - something we like to do here and hide toasters and bar areas behind!