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News - Current Trends in Kitchen Design  

Here is the latest kitchen trends put together by Plain & Simple Kitchens founder, Harvey Wilson:

Kitchen design is very much a personal preference; recently we have seen a rise in interest for the classical shaker style kitchen. We find that customers are now looking for a classical type kitchen but with a modern twist. In regards to kitchen units, a popular option is a spray painted facade in a neutral shade in order to give a clean and seamless look, followed with a wooden walnut interior for a contrasting appearance. Finished with modern handles, streamline taps and sinks, state-of-the-art appliances and light-reflecting mirrored splash backs, a classical kitchen can soon become a contemporary environment.

For an ultra modern look, the fitting of glass unit doors, particularly in matte grey, has become a fashionable option for those looking to make a statement. The addition of this shade can transform any kitchen into a sophisticated space.

When designing kitchens for our clients, the remit usually comprises the inclusion of top of the range appliances from dishwashers to refrigerators and ovens to cooker hoods.

The introduction of instant boiling water taps has become a popular addition for family living as they are safer and more energy efficient than a kettle. They also offer a practical element for food preparation and of course you’re able to make hot drinks instantly. We recommend ‘fusion taps’, which combine hot and cold as well as on-demand boiling water, offering kitchens a minimalistic feel by freeing up valuable workspace.

For added luxury, we are finding that more and more clients are now requesting for wine coolers to integrated within designs. With varying sizes available, dual temperature wine coolers now offer the flexibility to house both red and white wines which appeals more to the self-confessed wine connoisseurs amongst us.

Gone are the days of dishwashers with pull down doors, the sleek style of a Fisher and Paykel ‘DishDrawer’ is perfect for smaller families and those who struggle with the loading and unloading of crockery. Statement refrigerators are also taking centre stage within the kitchen environment; American-style fridge freezers are practical and aesthetically pleasing, especially when surrounded in cabinetry.

Customers rest particular importance on family living and for them kitchens must be uber practical. When it comes to work surfaces the requirements tend to be ‘easy to clean’ and ‘aesthetically pleasing’. Although popular a few years back, granite has almost been superseded by manmade materials which offer more resilience to everyday life. Environmentally friendly ‘Neolith’ has been described as the future for kitchen worktops. Almost indestructible, they are stain, heat and scratch resistant and boast an impressive range of colour combinations.

The ergonomics of a kitchen forms the basis of a usable practical space and the ‘working triangle’ is still very much key. We express the importance of appliances being installed in the correct areas, for example, the fridge needs to be situated by a large preparation space to off load food, the dishwasher should be located next to the sink for rinsing before loading – by doing so it creates a fluid working environment.

By incorporating these key considerations and styles into plans, we can help create the perfect kitchen environment for our customers.

Plain & Simple Kitchens combines superb craftsmanship, cutting-edge design and natural materials from around the world, its kitchens are both charismatic and functional, using only the finest materials including; granite, marble, limestone, corian, stainless steel, nickel and solid timber.

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