When designing a new kitchen, it needs to be a space that suits you, your style and your home. You’ll also want to explore as many kitchen trends and styles as possible – ensuring you find the perfect fit for you.
EuroCucina, part of the Milan Furniture Fair, was held in April of this year – showcasing the very best kitchens from the largest European designers and manufacturers. Drawing inspiration from these trends, Freedom Kitchens demonstrates how European style can be achieved right here in Australia.
You can view these stylish European trends and plan your own dream Freedom Kitchen below.
POP WITH COLOUR
Colour is back in a big way. You can use it in your kitchen in a variety of ways – from a pop of colour in a bank of cabinetry or splashback – through to layering different shades of one colour across various surfaces.
Blues and teals were the dominant colour tones seen throughout EuroCucina, while citrus gradients of red, raspberry, yellow and orange were also featured.
Soft, muted pastels appeared too – offering an injection of lighter colour to an all-white kitchen. They’re also useful for breaking up block colours to add a sense of balance.
I love balancing a splash of colour with natural Caesarstone marble-inspired benchtops, coupled with white-toned cabinetry and integrated appliances. This creates a thoughtful and modern take on colour in the kitchen.
BACK TO NATURE
This trend focuses on a very simple and natural palette, with the look of stone or timber being the hero. At EuroCucina, these looks were taken to new heights, with large swatches being used in both cabinetry and benchtops.
Timber can also be used as a foil or contrast to break up classic monochromatic schemes like grey, white or black – allowing you to highlight areas like benchtops and niches with timber-look cabinetry.
In terms of shades, explore everything from oak – for a classic and soft look – to pairing warm walnut with flashes of colour. Cool grey tones can also help to add a sleek urban feel. I love this trend, as timber adds instant warmth and texture to any kitchen space.
BLING IT ON
Metallics can add a heightened sense of glamour and warmth to your dream kitchen. Gold, rose gold, brass, aged brass and copper are all impressive options – with brass being the hero shade of the moment.
Metallics are taking centre stage in the kitchen, featuring in sinks, taps and handles – as well as being used as a treatment for door panels, benchtops, splashbacks and shelving. It’s also a good idea to add an accent through lighting, small appliances and décor to complete the look.
The industrial kitchen style is perfect for those who like things a little more raw and rustic. Think warehouses and cool café spaces – with exposed brickwork or piping, metal features and a mixture of concrete and timber when creating this no-fuss approach to kitchen design.
And thanks to the practicality and visual appeal of the industrial look, it works perfectly to set-up your kitchen as the centrepiece. From here, you’re free to expand the style throughout the rest of your home. It’s also a look that suits those who want to create an eclectic kitchen space – presenting a variety of different finishes, textures and features.
Modern touches to the industrial style add class to classic black, brick, timber and concrete palettes. You may consider the inclusion of colour and/or a pattern to give the finish a more contemporary edge. While black, brass or copper tapware and sinks and sleek stainless-steel appliances can add to the effect.
Most importantly, have fun with your kitchen design and begin your kitchen journey today. Start gathering inspiration from the Freedom Kitchens’ image gallery or download the brand-new winter catalogue now. You can also follow Freedom Kitchens on Instagram and Pinterest. And remember, my best piece of advice is to call in the professionals – the same Freedom Kitchen designers who attend EuroCucina every year – for help on how to finesse your ideas and bring your vision to life.