Kitchens are the hub of any family home and 2016 focuses on open and inviting spaces to embrace this trend.

COLOUR

We all know white is a kitchen staple and each year we see plenty of these fresh designs. This will continue, however 2016 has seen a welcome change with some clients opting for warm greys instead of the cooler tones and bright white.

We will also see a move from the bright colours back to a more neutral palette where textures, plants and accessories will play a big part in adding personality into the space.

For those who still want a more permanent pop of colour, petrol, dramatic blues and greens such as peacock and teal when paired with concrete, timber, matt black or crisp whites will provide an edgier vibe.

TIMBER

Timber has been a making its way into homes for years and the light timber of the Scandinavian style furnishing that became so popular in renovating shows such as The Block, has made its way into the kitchen with lighter timber floors and cabinetry.

METALS

With kitchens bringing in more warmth, stainless steel and silver, the previous metals of choice are being shelved and brass, copper and gold are being featured. Think rangehoods, splashbacks, tapware and handles. Those those who can’t commit to something as big as a rangehood or splashback then copper pendant lighting above an island bench is easy to change out.

BENCHTOPS

Benchtops in 2016 are getting thinner than ever before, some benches are as thin as 6mm. Materials such as porcelain, quartz and granite are growing in popularity and really compliment the other trends of timber and warmer metals.

Cost effective man made versions of these materials are becoming more popular as their quality and aesthetic appeal improves.

OTHER FEATURES

Open shelving, clever storage solutions and beverage stations are key features for the family kitchen.

Whatever the style of your home 2016 has a trend to suit your lifestyle.