Wholeheartedly consumed by design, quality and precision. You can say it: we’re obsessed. “With what exactly?” you might ask. Well, we aim to contribute to interior spaces by planning and creating manufactured components and wood based panel products. These premium quality products can be used for the furniture, manufacturing and shop fitting industries. Robyn Higgins from Lansdowne Boards shares with us her latest trends from EuroCucina 2016:When it comes to the home, my favourite place has to be the kitchen. It’s definitely the social centre for my family; I think we spend more time there than anywhere else and why not? It’s warm and there is always lots of food and wine! We need never leave! So in the spirit of all things kitchen, I felt that my first article for SA Decor would focus on my favourite space. I recently visited Eurocucina at Milan Design Week and got the low down on the biggest trends in the kitchen for the year ahead and thought I’d share a few of them with you: Heavy Metal Dark metals are nothing new, they have gradually made their way into our living spaces and 2016 is no exception. They were seen in a big way on everything from the stove to kitchen sink. Copper, brass and bronze reigned supreme whether brushed, polished or beaten. This is also a relatively easy trend to bring into your home without too much expense: cabinet handles, taps and pendant lights don’t have to cost the earth to create a big impact and incorporate this key trend into your kitchen. Clean Modern Design While I wouldn’t say the trend was for ultra mod, it was definitely a move away from traditional styling. Kitchen design was all about clean lines without interruption. Doors were flat, handle-less and with an emphasis on scale and proportion. The Island Life Open plan kitchens were a key focus at Milan. The multi tasking worktop (as mentioned below) featured strongly on big impressive islands which easily transitioned from a work space to the social hub making the kitchen a truly entertainment worthy space. The Natural Touch Stone and wood dominated. Dark woods and veneers prevailed with a strong focus on the natural texture of timber. Used on door finishes, wall panelling and chunky “butcher block” style worktops to create impact. Natural stone took pride of place especially in the darker varieties and concrete. Not only used as worktops but also in vertical applications, from splashbacks to matched doors. The overall impact was fresh and modern. The Muted Palette A soft muted palette dominated with an emphasis on the natural finishes of stone and wood present in the kitchen. Muted and super matte were the order of the day with darker shades of grey, charcoal and black with pops of taupe and white. Integration is everything. The trend for uncluttered clean lines extended into appliances were harder to find than usual. The Integrated appliance was taken to a whole new level at Milan Design Week with stoves integrated into worktops and some even using induction technology in ceramic tops. The sliding worktop also made a few appearances enabling you to hide your stove when you’re done cooking for increased functionality. Technology! The mind boggles! The ever changing worktop Worktops were definitely the star performers at Milan Design Week. They took on more roles than a pantomime. Not only did they feature completely integrated stove technology they also came in every thickness and finish imaginable: stone, wood, laminate, ceramic, stainless steel all featured strongly and were mixed and matched in varying thicknesses to create maximum impact. If it’s good enough for the outside, it’s good enough for the inside Gone are the days of standard white melamine cupboard interiors. The interior is now as important as the exterior of your kitchen cabinets with stunning wood grains matching back to the exterior or in stark contrast, the overall effect was stunning. So there you have it, the biggest trends direct from Milan Design Week. Whether you choose to make a small change or a grand scale revamp, I hope these trends will help to inspire your new kitchen design. Written By Robyn Higgins of Lansdowne Boards
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