You don’t have to re-do your whole kitchen to make a statement. This kitchen has existing countertops and white range, but the cabinets were painted and hexagonal terracotta floor tiles were added, as well as open shelves.
Papilio notes a shift ‘towards treating metals to achieve interesting patinas is becoming more popular’. While we can’t get enough of metals in our home – whether that’s copper or brass – there are various ways to achieve a more popular patina finish by oxidation, chemicals and heat, all of which give dramatic and different finishes for a personalised kitchen.
Here’s how to play around with color in an understated way. A jewel-toned island grounds this otherwise all-white kitchen.
In particular, the Amazon Dash button and Google Home have become ‘essentials’ in the kitchen, enabling homeowners to order products, play music, set reminders or find out recipes at the touch of a button or the sound of a voice.
Meanwhile, Papilio note an interest in ‘integrated music and lighting that can all be controlled via one central hub, as well as a call for iPads installed for recipes and work surfaces with integrated mobile phone charging’.
Hanging silver pendants add glam to this clean and modern kitchen. A blue backsplash adds color to keep it from looking monochromatic.
This may be a pricier renovation, but if you’ve always dreamed of living that Lonely Island, “I’m On A Boat” life (uh, don’t we all?), go all-out on the coastal look with porthole windows.
Look out for industrial style features such as concrete effect finishes – Kitchens International says the trend for concrete-sprayed doors or concrete effect doors will continue to grow – as well as black grip ledge handles and open style metal frame racks for storage and eye-catching features.
Create a modern Provincial kitchen with minimalist grooved cabinetry in a soft custom sage green and limestone countertops. The kitchen feels simultaneously masculine and warm & inviting.
‘Living walls are going to be a hit in the kitchen this year,’ reveals Papilio. ‘With botanicals being on trend for the past few years, consumers are on to the next thing – feature walls made from moss.’
Designed by firm Ashe + Leandro,this Manhattan loft kitchen for Coldplay’s lead guitarist Jonny Buckland blends natural materials with modern finishes. Leather-upholstered barstools provide seating around the room’s mahogany butcher.
The rattan pendant in this kitchen ups the coastal vibes, but we’re most obsessed with these tiny blue window shades. Future beach house goals.
‘Think beautiful, ornate handles against modern cupboards and bright coppers/rose golds on shaker style kitchens,’ explains Trainor. ‘There is also a growing trend towards matching accessories and appliances to the rose golds and copper accents found in handles as more homeowners try to find alternatives to everyday stainless steel and black.’
In this exuberant Hamptons home, the kitchen’s stools are by Design Within Reach, the ceiling fixture is from YLighting, the refrigerator and wine cooler are Sub-Zero and the photograph is from Natural Curiosities.
This luxurious kitchen in an Upper East Side home incorporates a touch of the past in its modern design. The pendants are from a Czechoslovakian factory, the oven is by Wolf and the floor is lined with Corten steel tiles.
Black granite floors and Panton chairs by Vitra take center stage in this Toton Sanchez-designed home in Caracas. Wood wine racks, laminate cabinetry and a marble-top Saarinen table by Knoll add variety and texture to the space without being distracting.
The breakfast room boasts a Saarinen table and chairs by Knoll, the painting is by Martin Sniper and the light fixture is by Artemide in a glam Palm Springs home.
The overall linear look with handleless doors proved very popular in 2017’s kitchen, but according to LochAnna Kitchens, ‘handles are coming back’.
In a glamorous Paris apartment, the kitchen embraces a fresh vision of luxury with mod pendant lights by Tom Dixon and custom-made, walnut-veneer kitchen island and cabinetry. The stools are by Mater Design, the ovens and refrigerator are by Gaggenau and the sink fittings are by Franke.
In the kitchen of a contemporary Central Park apartment, the table is by Egg Collective, the Holly Hunt chairs are covered in a leather from Keleen Leathers and the light fixture is by Lindsey Adelman.
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It doesn’t stop at ovens either. ‘We’ve also had requests for multiple dishwashers, washing machines – just to ensure that there’s always enough room for the various demands of running a family home!,’ they explain.
Layers of lighting is key to any good design. The traditional line of three pendant lights continues to be popular and always looks stunning in a rectangular kitchen or hung over an island. ‘Pendants can work really well as task lighting,’ says Simon Wallis-Smith, director of lighting specialists Fritz Fryer. ‘We recommend that you complement them with LED strips on the underside of eye level cupboards, illuminating the work surface. Depending on the size of the kitchen, you can also supplement this scheme with some carefully positioned recessed down lights.’
This San Francisco loft, belonging to designer Steven Volpe, proves that wood can be incorporated into modern design — especially when it’s paired with marble. The marble-and-wood kitchen island is surrounded by silver Knoll barstools.
A glazed backsplash and weathered oak island feel sleek and sexy in a kitchen. The hanging rack is functional and stylish.
For example, MOSSwall, which is available in a range of colours, appears as a wall of natural moss. Papilio says this is a ‘simple concept but delivers a striking visual and in addition the natural moss provides excellent acoustic absorption’.
It’s not just taps either, although feature taps and statement sinks are becoming increasingly popular too.
In the chic kitchen of George Nunno’s New York loft, the custom cabinetry is ebonized oak topped with Nero Marquina marble, the black and brass barstools are by Milo Baughman and the iron sculpture was found in a Paris flea market.
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Mix form with function by outfitting your kitchen with a ladder. Moroccan tiles add a bright pop of blue to break up all the wood.
‘An inclusively designed kitchen is intended to offer independence to less able or wheelchair users, whilst at the same time being suitable for all other users in the household,’ explains home specialist association KBSA.
The kitchen is probably the most used room in your house, so you want it to be a space you enjoy spending time in. From country casual to sleek and modern — and everything in between — we’ve got all the kitchen inspiration you could ever need. Marble countertops, here we come!
Design a kitchen inspired by the ocean’s hues and you’ll forever be dreaming of a beach vacation. But it’s not like you weren’t already, right?
In a sophisticated home in the Hamptons, the kitchen barstools are by Etel Carmona for Espasso, the matte lacquer cabinetry is custom made, the sink fittings are by Kallista and the range is by Wolf.
In this Brooklyn loft designed by Form Architecture + Interiors, modernism takes on a sky-blue hue with a refrigerator by Müller Möbelfabrikation and a slightly darker blue kitchen island, topped with a cast concrete counter. The barstools are from Design Within Reach.
From cobalt blue to powder blue and teal, blue is the colour of the moment when it comes to kitchens. Darker shades of this versatile hue will prove to be the most popular. ‘Undoubtedly the biggest colour trend the industry has seen this year is the desire to have blue in the kitchen,’ reveals BA Components. ‘This bold and dramatic move is for those who are brave and want to make a statement within the home.’
Innovation research and trends firm, Stylus, comment on a trend of brands employing natural materials to add an element of crafted luxury to appliances. ‘Wood veneers, cork and leather provide a welcome contrast to technological-driven products and synthetic materials, allowing appliances to sit sympathetically alongside furniture and domestic interiors.’
Modern design shows its dark side with a sleek black Valcucine island in this chic Manhattan kitchen. Above the island hangs a glass pendant light, and behind it, a photograph by Eric Slayton.
Simple Shaker-style kitchen cabinets in a creamy color are off set by dark counters. The back door is painted red for a pop of color.
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Create a sophisticated cooking space with a vintage canopy hood. Glossy ebony cabinets add drama, while farmhouse sinks and a 10½-foot long island easily handle meal prep when there’s a crowd.
Pictured: Schüller.C collection – crystal white high gloss and pastel rose, Schüller via InHouse
The team at Kitchens International say floor to ceiling units with no plinths or space above the unit is a key design trend that will provide maximum storage in smaller areas. They add: ‘Open shelving with internal lighting produces a more living room feel and look to the kitchen and is becoming increasingly popular on islands.’
But hidden storage will be ‘more important than ever for hiding older cookware that you don’t want on display, ambient food and other bits and bobs that find their way into the kitchen,’ says Trainor from LochAnna Kitchens. ‘Internal drawers, pull out storage systems and tall larder storage will also be making their way into kitchens.’
This black and white kitchen features custom-made cabinetry with vintage hardware. The the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero, the sink fittings are by Dornbracht and the countertops are white glass.
A dropped floor makes a rustic kitchen feel even larger. The exposed wood beams in the ceiling also give it that farmhouse vibe.
Pictured: Matt Denim, Matt Dove Grey Aldridge Kitchen, Bella collection, BA Components
Oil-rubbed-bronze hardware and antique-inspired floor tiles give a nod to old-world charm. The appliances and subway tiling keep it from feeling too dated.
When a Silicon Valley family wanted to create a retreat in the woods, without going rustic, architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush brought modern, urban cool to a country cabin. This modern kitchen’s island creates a somewhat moody atmosphere with its quartzite countertop. The cabinetry is by Bulthaup, the oven is by Miele, the stove and hood are by Gaggenau, the sink by Blanco has Dornbracht fittings and the custom-made stools are covered in an Edelman leather.
‘Layouts are usually dictated by the space available, but islands continue to dominate with many larger kitchens now opting for two islands,’ say the experts at Kitchens International. ‘Most will have breakfast bar seating or banqueting seating attached to the island so that dining is incorporated into the kitchen area.’
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A green gingham ceiling gives a classic white kitchen some cool points. Bonus? It adds drama to high ceilings, while making the room a little cozier.
‘Smart appliances are developing at a rapid pace and anyone considering installing a new kitchen in 2018 should really not do without a boiling water tap – seen as a necessity in today’s living; wifi ready appliances – allowing us to control our kitchens from afar; and steam ovens and vacuum drawers – this makes cooking quicker, easier and contains the flavour in the food,’ say Kitchens International.
Trainor from LochAnna Kitchens, adds: ‘An island or breakfast bar can also work as both a storage area and a place for dining. But less often they are used for actual food preparation. Utilise your island further by installing an appliance – the addition of a small sink or hob in your island will mean everyone can get involved with food prep!’
This modern kitchen in fashion designer Josie Natori’s New York home makes ample use of white for a clean design that bounces light. The island is topped with marble and the cabinetry is by St. Charles of New York.
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Crafted from walnut, imbuia, and anigre, the nearly 11-foot-long island was inspired by English antiques. Elegance to the max.
Store everyday dishes on a traditional plate rack, and opt for a vintage table and chairs. Major farmhouse decor envy.
Pictured: LED Eyelid under-cupboard light, Contour LED strip, Polespring LED downlight, all John Cullen Lighting
This otherwise neutral kitchen gets a burst of color from a vibrant red. Brass fixtures make it feel clean and elegant.
Pictured: Carnegie kitchen in Scotts Grey and Terracotta Sunset, Masterclass Kitchens
Lighting under cabinetry and counters is an easy way to change the atmosphere of a room, something which Papilio has seen a lot of their clients requesting. ‘Concealed LEDs can be placed under the worktops to transform a kitchen into an entertaining space… it’s an easy way to illuminate a room and add a little bit of contrast to the existing lighting features,’ they say.
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In this black kitchen, the custom-made stools and cabinetry are by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri.
Use open shelves to break up cabinetry. Blue mercury-glass pendants pick up the color theme and add to the kitchen’s exotic style.
‘Brass has been hot for the latter part of 2017 but this will continue into 2018 with the material being paired with warm colourways and acting as statement features within the kitchen,’ says Papilio.
Hang pots from cantilevered shelves and choose patterned tiles to create a graphic floor in an all-white kitchen. The effect is industrial, but still homey.
For a glam but gender-neutral color scheme, opt for brass and blue. A banquette offers cozy seating.
Open shelving is becoming increasingly popular with homeowners able to make a statement in their kitchen by adding their own personality with small accessories and even deluxe food items placed on shelves. ‘It’s the perfect chance to add lots of greenery in a physical format with bright, airy kitchens providing the perfect setting for succulents and hanging Ivy, incorporating yet another important interior style trend,’ says Papilio.
‘You can create striking focal points with brass doors, door handles, ovens, sinks – it’s all about thinking outside the box,’ Papilio adds. ‘Mixed metals are still a key trend too and mixing with metal appliances can work well. SMEG have a range of coloured metal appliances in black, white, red, blue, mint and more which look great mixed with other metals like brass, silver and bronze.’
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In this New York City home high above the city, the kitchen’s lacquer cabinetry is custom made for a clean, modern aesthetic. It is echoed in style by the backsplash and countertop, made with Calacatta marble. The range is by Viking, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the print is by Ellsworth Kelly.
Open shelving and racks make a kitchen’s everyday items easily accessible. Add elegant stools so it doesn’t feel too industrial.
A must have is the Zip Tap – now the world’s most advanced drinking water appliance. ‘The Zip HydroTap transforms ordinary water into a form of the clients choice, all via one tap,’ says Papilio. ‘This essential and smart addition to any kitchen provides pure tasting boiling, chilled and sparkling water at the push of a button.’
Take blue and white to the next level with a vibrant burst of cobalt. It makes a statement but still feels classic.
In a Moscow apartment that embraces modern living, designer Olga Kulikovskaia-Ashby assigned an area of the kitchen for a convenient breakfast nook. The chairs are by Vitra, the plates on the kitchen counter are by Seletti and pendant lights by Tom Dixon hang above the table.
Designed for true modern-day entertaining, this Florida home by Nate Berkus showcases stools by BDDW and light fixtures by Historical Materialism. The marble wall tiles are by Ann Sacks, and the counters are teak.
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In a young couple’s Brussels home designed by architect Frederic Haesevoets, the modern kitchen island is by Bulthau. The vent hood is by AEG, the stools are by E15 and the hanging light fixtures are by Ionna Vautrin.
Marble tiles in this modern kitchen of London designer Colin Radcliffe’s Notting Hill townhouse set the foundation for a cool, clean space. The design is markedly modern, with the exception of a 1950s FontanaArte chandelier and 1970s barstools. The cabinetry is custom made, and the refrigerators are by Liebherr.
Ralph Lauren’s kitchen opts for modernism over tradition, with ovens and a cooktop by Wolf, a custom-made vent hood and cabinetry of white lacquer and stainless steel. The island is sheathed in Celador, and the Bertoia barstools are by Knoll.
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‘Personalisation will be big in 2018,’ adds Sinead Trainor, kitchen category manager at LochAnna Kitchens. ‘The tail end of 2017 has seen the emergence of more bold colours and textures in kitchen doors and this will follow into the new year. The mix of striking solid colours and woodgrains will continue to prove popular, whilst more industrial finishes like concrete will sit alongside these to really create interest in the kitchen. Consumers are increasingly looking for more variety and being braver in their style and colour choices.’
‘Multi-user kitchens for those abled-bodied and less abled is an increasing wish for many homeowners with huge advances in moveable worksurfaces, appliances and tables,’ reveals Kitchens International.
The shaker door is still a popular choice with kitchen buyers. ‘In recent years we have experienced a 16 per cent increase in shaker style doors sales,’ says Kieran McCracken from kitchen door manufacturer BA Components. ‘Shaker offers distinctive yet practical styling as many consumers opt for a traditional design with unicolour matte finishes being very popular.’
‘Why have one use for a sink when you can have a multifunctional trough which can be used for anything from chilling oysters, champagne or growing herbs, and of course as a traditional sink to prepare food at too,’ says Papilio. ‘For the avid entertainer the multi-purpose integrated trough sink is the perfect addition to any kitchen and with more homeowners looking to add that “wow-factor” to their home, this has been a favourite amongst suggestions to clients.’
An orange checkerboard floor brightens up a mostly white kitchen. The contrasting blue door adds quirk.
This kitchen has a tiled barrel-vault ceiling, retro artwork, and bistro chairs for a vintage vibe. The brass fixtures add elegance.
The city version of a farmhouse kitchen features brass hardware, a painted floor, and two Wolf ovens. The cabinetry, along with white-tiled walls and a milk-glass chandelier, creates the illusion of added sunlight.
In a textile designer’s townhouse, the kitchen counters are Calacatta Gold marble, the backsplash tile is by Waterworks, the range is by Capital, the stools are from ABC Carpet & Home and the light fixture is by Apparatus.
This kitchen’s 1850s English refectory table echoes the wood beams above. And that farmhouse sink, though.
In a Manhattan home overlooking the Hudson river, the kitchen counter is by Antolini, the stove and oven are by Miele, the refrigerator is by Sub-Zero and the sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
Angus Mackintosh, senior sales designer from Kitchens International, adds: ‘Disguised light channels built into the plasterboard are very on trend in modern architecture buildings and I expect this to merge over to the kitchen world and become more common place in most designs.’
With homeowners more mindful about use of materials, we’re likely to see an increase in the use of characterful`veneers such as Pippy Elm & Walnut for 2018, predicts Papilio. ‘These materials add texture and intrigue to the kitchen and when working in a bespoke manner can be used for everything from statement wall veneers to unique cabinetry and shelving. The use of high quality wood to create statement rooms is going to be big.’
‘An ongoing shift towards individuality in today’s kitchen design, the latest fronts, finishes and solutions become instrumental in creating definition and individuality,’ says Schüller. ‘With heavy metal, even storage is coming out of the cupboard and when features unite with function, you create kitchens with purpose.’
This elegant kitchen, belonging to hostess Rena Abboud, is designed for evening socializing. The island is brushed metal, the stools are Lamboro and the pendant lights are Eichholtz.
In the kitchen of an NYC apartment dedicated to art, the custom island is topped with brushed stainless steel, the range is by Wolf, the Saarinen table and chairs are from Knoll, and the Dandelion chandeliers by Tony Duquette are from Remains Lighting; the Roman shade is of a China Seas fabric with velvet trim from Duralee, and the floor tiles are by Paris Ceramics.
‘Golds have been on trend for a while now but the move to combining them with browns and organic materials is going to be big for 2018,’ predicts Papilio. ‘Combining the use of neutrals, golds and organic textures makes for a warm environment with a slight seventies feel, hitting the mark in terms of both style and substance. The boho look is not only easily adaptable with other colours but also comes hand in hand with good quality and timeless design – something which a kitchen needs to present.’
‘Vibrant colour schemes will continue to be popular for 2018 with a focus on both Scandinavian application – pops of bright colour – or complete maximalism –with colour clashes,’ says Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio. ‘The use of colour in the kitchen is extremely important and should reflect homeowners’ personalities and their needs. For instance, a space for cooking should be light and bright while spaces designed for entertaining could have a darker essence to provide a suitable ambience.’
With multigenerational living on the rise, the growing need to accommodate for different users, whether that’s ensuring enough space has been allocated to create a turning circle for a wheelchair, heights of work surfaces and workflow, has been noted as a key design requirement.
Thanks to products being designed to take on contemporary aesthetics, kitchen appliances are seamlessly blending in with our interiors. Pastel colours are becoming particularly progressive in kitchen appliances, with key shades of pink, green and aqua blue, whilst bold brights continue to expand within home appliances more generally, offering statement pieces and injections of colour.
‘The latest material we’ve seen a surge in for kitchen worktops is Neolith. A well thought-out ￼range of finishes to suit the modern worktop requirement and also very practical, unlike the ￼recent marble trend,’ says Papilio. ‘NeoLith’s revolutionary manufacturing process uses 100 per cent natural materials, extreme heat, and intense pressure to produce the most durable surface material available in the market today. The range includes finishes in silk, satin, river washed and polished.’
‘Pretty pastels present real design advantages and are a great way to inject a little fun into the kitchen, especially when used as co-ordinating or contrasting finishes,’ say the team at Schüller. ‘For those keen to create some individuality, yet not quite brave enough for the dramatic contrast of bold colours, then pastels are ideal partners for popular grey palettes and wood effect finishes. Used for highlighting and creating features, pastels in blue, yellow, pink and green can create a real wow factor.’
‘People are engaging in much busier lifestyles these days and it makes sense to cook multiple dishes simultaneously, particularly people who are big on entertaining,’ explains Papilio. ‘Multiple ovens can even create a statement look as shown here, where three eye level Gaggenau ovens have been placed in tall wall cabinets to contrast with the original stonewall.’
Pictured: The Shaker Layon range, priced from £17,500 inc. vat, John Lewis of Hungerford
The contrast between the rustic stonework and streamlined stainless steel appliances give this French-inspired kitchen a serious wow factor. To maximize entertaining space, downsize an island and add a trestle table with stools.
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For an oversized island, you need statement lighting. These iron pendants add drama and necessary light.
In a San Francisco loft, the kitchen’s cabinetry is by Henrybuilt, the countertops are PentalQuartz, the faucet is by Dornbracht, the stools are by Overgaard & Dyrman and the wall sculpture is by Manuel Neri.
Cowhide makes a surprise appearance in this contemporary Los Angeles bachelor pad with custom-made stools covered in an Edelman cowhide in the kitchen. The island features a surface by Caesarstone, the lacquered cabinetry is custom made and the sink fittings are by Dornbracht.
The kitchen island and counters in this New York home are topped with a Caesarstone surface. The Bertoia barstools are by Knoll, the refrigerator is by Thermador and the sink by Elkay has Rohl fittings.
In a perfumer’s Paris home, designed by Pierre Yovanovitch, the kitchen’s backsplash and wall sculpture were made by Armelle Benoit. The Bertoia stool is by Knoll, the range is by Wolf, the sink is by Franke and the cabinetry is custom made.
‘Kitchen design in 2018 is all about timber veneers, colour contrast, texture, metallics and the ongoing industrial look,’ says bespoke furniture manufacturers Schmidt.
The subtle color in this kitchen brings a coziness to the space, but doesn’t distract from its traditional style. And we need to talk about that insanely cool rolling ladder.
Pale oak floors have a scrubbed look, and plank cabinetry with painted hinges and black latches give a kitchen old-time charm. To top the counters and island, choose a butcher block for warmth and informality.
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