After an amazing time at the Shrewsbury Food Festival this weekend – where we got to sample oh so much delicious new food and drink – it got us thinking about how important the preparation and eating of food is to family life. The kitchen is most certainly the heart of the home and even in today’s hectic lifestyle, its still the place where people gather to cook, eat and enjoy food together. One of the primary determiners when it comes to selling or buying a home, if the kitchen looks good, then the chances are your buyers will oversee any other niggles and fall in love with your property.
So what makes a good kitchen and what should you be looking for if you are planning on sprucing up your kitchen for a sale this summer? Doing all of the groundwork for you, we have scoured the interior design publications to bring you the top 3 hottest kitchen trends for 2018/2019.
1. The Colours
Open plan layout is popular, so in instances where the kitchen merges into the dining and living spaces, the design of the kitchen really does set the tone for the rest of the house. According to www.interiorzine.com the kitchen colours for the 2018/19 season will range from natural neutrals, oak, petrol-green and charcoal (with black accents) to sage. Orange is set to be a key colour selection, which will be teamed up with dark, bold contrasting colours to make your kitchen the feature of the home.
2. The Look
Thanks to B&Q publishing their first-ever Kitchen Trends Report (found on www.diy.com), compiled with info gained from the searches / saves of UK users looking for kitchen decor inspiration on Pinterest, combined with B&Q’s own sales insights, they are telling us that the whole ‘getting back to nature’ look is a key one for the year ahead. To achieve an ‘eco look’ to your kitchen, according to B&Q, the key is the use of natural materials, such as real wood, bamboo and plenty of foliage. Describing the look as “A modern reworking of the classic country kitchen, combining the rustic spirit with a passion for the great outdoors” we think that this one is pretty do-able, particularly if you are sprucing up an existing kitchen ready for sale.
3. The Finish
Grand Designs Magazine (www.granddesignsmagazine.com) believe that the time is now to move away from chunky and towards slimline when it comes to surfaces. The latest ceramic and porcelain worksurface options give you the look of natural materials (such as stone) but with super-high durability. Swap out the gloss and compliment your worksurface with matt finished cabinets. Much more practical than their shiny counterparts, the powder-coated nature of matt finished cabinets not only hides fingerprints (result!) but also look amazing against the rustic wood, stone and other natural elements that we will be shopping for this year and into next.
Happy kitchen hunting folks! We look forward to seeing what you create.