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Top Kitchen Trends to Look Out For in 2015

 

As the new year gets off to a strong start, everyone is wondering what it will bring. We look at some of the top trends of 2014, and make predictions for the year ahead.

Stone Back Splashes Still Strong

Naturally, we’re always pleased when more designers show that they value the beauty of stone. Stone tiles have had a big impact, and are edging out ceramics as back splashes. Marble and granite tiles lead the pack, as usual, but processed stone is proving popular too. In 2014, the jewel tones of processed stones like Compaq were a big hit, beating ceramics and natural stone with many buyers. We expect this trend to continue in 2015. We may be a little biased, but stone seems ideal for kitchens as it’s the perfect marriage of practical and beautiful.

Quartz, Marble and Granite are Top Worktop Materials

While designers have been talking up limestone, wood and other materials, marble and granite remain among the most sought-after worktop materials. We hope this trend will continue into 2015 and beyond, and it seems that others share our view. As advances in manufacturing and shipping continue, we’re thrilled that a stone kitchen is turning from dream to reality for so many people.

Processed Stone Worktops are Getting Good Press

Quartz worktops have sometimes been seen as a poor relation of marble and granite. However, the sheer range of colours, textures and forms available is starting to be noticed. With statement counter tops a big feature in designer kitchens in 2014, it’s no surprise that interior decorators are picking up on the possibilities offered by engineered stone. In 2015, we expect the trend to fade from the glossies but become more democratic, settling into family homes.

Shine On! High-Gloss is Here to Stay

For a while there it looked like the high-gloss polish might be on its way out, but it has rallied in 2014 and looks set to stay strong in 2015. Dark granite seems to be primarily responsible for the rebound, with many home owners falling for the combination of almost solid black stone with a high-gloss finish. It has an elemental glamour and power, so we can understand the fascination!

Accessibility

This isn’t a trend you’ll see on TV makeover shows (apart from DIY SOS) but it’s an important one, and one we fully support. As more people choose to remain in their own home as they age, and families are keen to make their space welcoming for all their guests, we’re seeing more kitchens designed with accessible features. Whether it’s an extra-wide doorway for a wheelchair, step-free access between kitchen and dining room or simply finding space for a comfortable chair, accessibility is a trend we hope to see continue in 2015. And we’re proud to say that accessibility doesn’t have to comprise aesthetics – at least, not when we’re involved!

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