Kitchen Design Trends in 2009
Oct 2009 —According to Sue Hasler, National Design & Sales Manager – Freedom Kitchens:
Open-plan living rooms have become the focal point of the home for family and entertaining. Both aesthetics and the function of the space are equally important, more so than any other room in the home, with a stronger emphasis on environmentally sound materials.
The strongest trend by far is the move towards wood textures such as teak and combining these with large stainless steel accessories such as square handles.
Gloss finished doors are also making a resurgence this year in everything from bold colours to wood grain and glass splashbacks continue to dominate.
The key to working these finishes is in the colour combination, for example, a horizontal charcoal wood grain would be mixed with a strong metallic glass colour.
There is definitely a move away from the “dull and boring’’ although the minimalist style still prevails albeit with a contemporary twist.
Long straight bench tops with smooth square doors, gloss cabinets, open shelves with horizontal clean lines are on trend, however, there is also stronger emphasis on warmth and ambience in kitchens.
The introduction of more decoration such as chandeliers in contemporary settings is featuring heavily in European design and filtering into local market at a rapid rate. As always, mood lighting is big this year.
Meanwhile colour is trending toward the bold, in particular black, white, red and new metallics like bronze and oxygen. Aluminium finishes are gone with a return to stainless steel, more polished than brushed, and chrome.