Trends come and go. Fashions change. Even your kitchen isn’t immune to the latest must-have accessories and colours of the moment.
We can’t all afford expensive upgrades and renovations every year, but there are small changes which can be made quickly and easily. But if you do have some spare cash, there are plenty of additions which can be made to improve your space.
We’ve rounded up some of the hot and happening trends you’ll need to embrace this year.
Modern but traditional
Interior designer Greg Natale says the simple, timeless look of Shaker-style cabinetry will be popular in 2015.
“I think a lot of people like to keep things traditional and appreciate the textural beauty of wood,” he says.
Nothing says Shaker-style like freestanding gas stoves. Incorporate one into your kitchen by updating the cabinetry.
“I’d focus on the paneling of cupboard doors, which can work in a classic or contemporary space.”
This type of detailing is a key element of Shaker-style kitchens which emphasises clean lines, craftsmanship and function.
Toronto-based interior designer Colleen McGill says metallics are big for 2015 kitchens – especially brass.
Brass began making its way into stylish home a few months ago and now is its time to shine – literally – in the kitchen.
“I love the warmth and sparkle that brass adds to a kitchen – it looks wonderful with whites and greys and can be sophisticated, modern or preppy.
To get that beautiful patina, go for an unpolished brass with a brushed look that will continue to wear over time.”
Another trend which has made its way around all rooms of the home to the kitchen is one of colourful spaces.
Inspire your colour scheme with dreams of travel and memories of the exotic.
“Color tones will likely shift to echo the diversity of nature, with inspiration drawn from the rich, bold Moroccan and Native American palette,” predicts kitchen and bathroom designer Lee Hardcastle.
“Vibrant yet dusty shades of mustard yellows, deep scarlet, royal blues and dirty pink hues may be used in place of primary colors. We’ll still see a mix of matte and gloss finishes to inject energy in the kitchen hub.”
Your kitchen often becomes the centre of your home with family and friends congregating there to enjoy parties and get-togethers.
Make it feel more part of the home by using furniture, like chests and dressers, rather than actual custom kitchen cabinetry.
“The incredible designs available celebrate the different elements of the kitchen as pieces of beautiful furniture, not just workstations, which allows people to bring their own personal, warm, welcoming touch to this space,” says Natale.