With the cooler weather settling in, it’s time to move back indoors and focus on the heart of the home: the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to update, completely revamp or just give your kitchen a quick facelift, it’s always good to get as much inspiration as possible first. Every year there are a few stand-out ideas in interior design – here’s a look at the 7 latest trends in Dublin kitchens today.
The colour options are perfectly contrasting this year: on the one hand there are deep blues with marsala and charcoal, combined with natural wood and metal. And on the other hand there is white as snow with bright colour pops in acid yellow, cherry and turquoise mixed with stainless steel and marble. So whichever side of the spectrum you fall in, you can be band on trend. Always consider the amount of natural light you have in your kitchen when choosing a darker palette or opt for a lot of electrical lighting to compensate. A white kitchen on the other hand can look cold and clinical if it is not broken with some colour or warmth. For more on natural light in the kitchen, read this post.
The kitchen has in recent years reclaimed its place as the heart of the home, taking on the style of the living areas and integrating with the more social spaces. It has become the place where not only meals are being prepared, but where families spend time with each other and their friends, and where homework and hobbies are done.
For a very sophisticated room, ensure that the dining table matches the finishes used in the kitchen, whether in the same colour or material. This will create a cohesive room that seamlessly flows between utility and social areas.
Can’t decide on a style or look? That’s okay – just mix it up! Combine open shelving with closed-off cabinets, and wooden cabinets with glass fronts. Even different styles of cabinets are being combined to create a look that is unique to your lifestyle and home décor. To ensure that everything works together, choose one universal feature: a colour, a wood finish or even a repeated profile will ensure that there is an identity in the design.
While minimalist kitchens are still popular, it has been taking a few pointers from its more elaborate counterpart: attention to the small details is what matters. Careful consideration is given to handles, corner details, edging on cabinetry and other finishing touches like turned columns, mouldings and carvings. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just a touch of something interesting. The cabinets may make the bulk of the kitchen, but the personality is in the detail.
We have been seeing this beautiful reddish-orange metal for a few years now in everything from wall finishes to clothing, and it looks set to stay for a while longer. Use it on countertops and splash backs, in decorative light fixtures and in accessories for a modern touch to your kitchen. A soft metal, it is an excellent heat transmitter so take care when using it very close to a hot surface like an oven or hob.
Gone are the days of fluorescent, functional-only lighting in kitchens. Pendant lights with LED lamps make for great task lighting and even a chandelier can add a sophisticated touch to your space. Hang pendants directly over a kitchen island for a beautiful feature that is perfect for task lighting as well.
Our last trend is focusing on tiling. Install tiles from the floor or lower cabinets to the ceiling on one of the kitchen walls to create a focal: an ideal treatment behind and range cooker or modern gas stove. Then opt to have only paint and splash backs in the rest of the room for a fresh, contemporary look.
Now that you are inspired to renovate your Dublin kitchen, give one of our designers a call!