2014 kitchen design trends
1 Sconce lighting
“The ongoing trend of fewer upper cabinets in the kitchen opens up more space for decorative task lighting, like sconces,” says Erin. “It's not all about under-cabinet lighting so much anymore.” Erin points out that these fixtures are often on adjustable arms, giving the option to have the light directed where you need it most. Look for decorative task fixtures in black, iron and aged brass finishes to really make a statement in your kitchen.
2 Slab backsplashes
This year, it’s all about the beauty of nature’s materials taking the forefront in the kitchen. “Again, with more open space surrounding range hoods and sinks, there’s greater opportunity for large-scale backsplashes,” says Erin. “To really showcase the backsplash and make it a focal point in your kitchen, opt for slabs of marble and limestone – their natural veining essentially creates a work of art.”
3 Brass, aged gold and black hardware
“Chrome, nickel and stainless steel are no-longer the go-to for kitchen metals anymore,” Erin says. Instead, she suggests trying warm metals and shades of iron and graphite, hardware trends that are becoming increasingly more popular. “Statement hoods are also popping up in these finishes and material combinations – they look fantastic against the big slabs of marble.”
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4 Built-in cabinetry that looks like furniture
Far from the unfitted kitchens we've seen in the past, the new trend in kitchen design for 2014 is built-in accent cabinets that act as framework for the rest of the cabinetry. “We often design these cabinets tall and narrow to sit right on the counters, flanking the stove or on either ends of the run of cabinetry,” says Erin. “They’re usually quite contrasting in both colour and style, introducing more detail than the simple door profiles throughout.”
5 Natural raw materials in place of drywall
Kitchens in 2014 are embracing natural, raw materials – expect to see walls of brick veneer, concrete and barnboard, as well as ceilings of tongue and groove, wood planks and exposed beams. “There's something quite industrial, yet warm about this use of natural elements,” says Erin. “There are some terrific veneers available that give a real authenticity and structural component to newly constructed and renovated spaces.” For a rustic look with a lot of character, pick up some reclaimed wood and have a contractor create open shelving, or take it on yourself as a DIY project.