Makeover expert Granite Transformations looks at the hottest kitchen design trends, which enable your layout to take on an exciting new look, without you breaking the bank.
1 Kitchen Remodelling -The hottest trend is remodelling, which involves retaining the familiar layout and cabinetry, but refacing the existing worktops and replacing the old cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Not only does this mean less disruption and outlay than a new fitted kitchen, you are likely to recoup most of the remodelling costs when selling.
2 Colourful Kitchens - With remodelling, you could indulge in the big new trend for vibrant colours. Choose bold primaries like red, orange and emerald green for worktops, reflecting a more casual, upbeat way of living, or go for high gloss door facings in olive, paprika, blueberry or plum. Then add decorative splashbacks for an extra zing.
3 Mixed Finishes -Take a cue from interior designers, with a mix of cabinetry finishes that combine dark and lighter tones at different levels, to give an eclectic look to the kitchen. With remodelling, you can use one door colour or woodgrain at eye level, then another on the base units, or choose a different worktop colour for an island.
4 Bolder Splashbacks -Regular splashbacks provide protection from moisture and grease, but today’s trend is towards bigger, broader upstands that make a decorative statement. Extend composite granite, quartz and recycled glass work surfaces to the underside of wall units, even ceiling height for a luxurious finish, or go for glass mosaic splashbacks for sparkling elegance.
5 Cleaner Lines -Follow the continental fashion for cool, sleek lines, featuring flat slab doors with no handles or minimalist door and drawer pulls. There’s also a move toward matt finishes as an alternative to high gloss doors. Deeper edge profiles on replacement agglomerate worktops give a solid contemporary look, without the extra weight of solid stone.
6 Island Units -If space allows, an island unit turns your layout into a designer kitchen, with bar stools for informal eating. Centre islands can feature fashionable waterfall ends, bringing worktops almost to ground level, or curved doors for a more fluid, ergonomic feel. A built-in wine rack or storage baskets add a bohemian look.
7 Eco-Chic Materials -Current kitchen design trends reflect that the ‘green’ movement is gathering momentum, with eco-friendly materials gaining popularity. Choose from recycled glass worktops made from used beer, wine and mineral water bottles, or composite granite and quartz surfaces containing natural stone spoil salvaged from quarries.
8 Decorative Murals -Most kitchens have limited wall space, but it’s good to introduce a bold splash of colour with a decorative wall mural or feature panel. Authentic glass mosaic tiles introduce colour, texture and a tactile finish, while halogen spotlights will contribute a sparkling, reflective dimension. You could even have a custom-made mosaic.
Offering a complete remodelling service, Granite Transformations can provide all these kitchen design upgrades and more. The company will measure up your own kitchen units, fabricate most of the fittings off-site, then install everything to the highest standards of craftsmanship, mostly in a day or so, with no demolition, debris or disruption.