I guess the major design trends we’re gonna be seeing in the next 12 months to two years is a strong movement towards warmer colours. We’re going to see, I think, a very rapid increase in coloured carcasses inside cabinet doors and drawers etc.
This means 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. This features a very thin 12 mm, or thereabouts, benchtops using porcelain, which is very popular.
On the other hand, we’re also seeing a strong movement of very thick benchtops. So, I think the traditional benchtop of around about 40 mm or thereabouts is now not so much gone, but rather people are using their imagination doing things differently.
Trends In Colours
I think that warm colours are primarily where we’re all heading. Whites always gonna be a classic, it’s never gonna go. However, 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. Colours such as soft greens, soft blues, and warm browns in particular warm greys, these sorts of colours that give a warmer feeling,
Laminates Or Real Wood?
The other thing that we’re seeing a lot of nowadays is very accurately reproduced wood grains, and there are loads and loads and loads of them. A nice straight fine grain looks lovely in a pantry or a wardrobe or something like that.
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. For example, there are some lovely shaker doors in oak, beautiful doors, lovely colour, soft to touch, very silky to touch.
Solid timber really is a wonderful product. Due to the lovely finish, this sort of oak wood shaker door is becoming very popular. We are seeing a little bit of a rebirth, I think, of timber being used in kitchens as against timber veneer.
Hopefully, this has given you a little bit of a feel for where colour is going at the moment and probably for the next couple of years.
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