I guess the major design trends we’re gonna be seeing in the next 12 months/two years is the strong movement towards warmer colours. We’re going to see, I think, a very rapid increase in coloured carcasses inside the door so that when you open the door instead of seeing a white box behind the door you’ll see maybe a wood grain carcass or a coloured carcass. Certainly, where wardrobes are concerned, white wardrobes have basically gone. All wardrobes now have some sort of a fine, grained wood grain of some sort.
We’re also seeing a move to thinner benchtops, particularly with a very contemporary design, very very thin 12 mm or thereabouts benchtops using porcelain, very very popular. But, on the other hand, we’re also seeing a strong movement of very thick benchtops. So, I think the traditional around about 40 mm or thereabouts is now not so much gone but rather people are using their imagination doing more and different things.
I think that warm colours are primarily where we’re all heading. Whites always gonna be a classic, it’s never gonna go, but we’re seeing a trend towards soft hues, warm browns, warm blues, warm greens, lovely soft colours.
Basically, the colour trends that are sort of taking this forward I guess at the moment are some of these. Let me show them to you, this is a little section. I’ll just open up this wall where we’ve got all of the various companies’ color charts. In fact, this one here is not a bad one to start with actually cause we’re seeing today a lot of these sorts of colours that are being used more and more. Soft greens, soft blues, and warm browns in particular warm greys these sorts of colours, this is where the market’s going to the midrange blues and greens. Little bit of this but this is sort of not gone but just we’re looking for warmer shades in the marketplace at the present time. That’s probably a pretty good example of where the market’s going.
The other thing that we’re seeing a lot of nowadays is very accurately reproduced wood grains and there’s loads and loads and loads of them. I’ll show you some bigger ones in a minute, but that gives you a bit of an idea of what the market’s doing internationally. Let’s now have a little bit of a look to give you an idea that those little samples show us or let’s have a look at now what they look like in a full door. As an example I’ll take this one here for argument’s sake. This is fairly typical of the sorts of colour palette we’re looking at today. Again, a soft but warm green. And at the same time, we could also say some of these wood grains now are really really popular. A nice straight grain, fine grain, looks lovely in a pantry or a wardrobe or something like that. Another one which is worth showing is here. No one would believe that that was a laminate. It looks like a log of wood. It’s just amazing what the technology of today is allowing us to do.
In fact, the other thing we’re seeing quite a bit of these days is timber coming back. Here is a shaker door in oak, beautiful door, lovely colour, soft to touch, very silky to touch, solid timber is a wonderful product. This sort of shaker door is becoming, again, very very popular.
We are seeing a little bit of a rebirth, I think, of timber being used in kitchens as against timber veneer. Lots of things I could show you but we could go on and on and on for days and we don’t have that much time. Hopefully, that’s given you a little bit of a feel for where colour is going at the moment and probably for the next couple of years.