There is a growing emphasis on making the kitchen the focal point in the house. A place to bring together friends and family.
Rather than closing the kitchen off somewhere in the back of the house, the trend is to open up the kitchen to the main living area and, where possible, link it directly to your outdoor entertaining area.
This creates the ideal space for social gatherings and allows you to entertain, cook and socialise all at the same time. Something that helps with our time-poor lives.
With the move towards integrating the kitchen into your main living areas, colours tend towards a more neutral palate that can then be co-ordinated and made to work with the rest of the home.
A kitchen is a significant investment and by staying with neutral whites, off-whites or natural timbers you can update the colours in the rest of the home without having to go to the expense of changing the entire kitchen.
Create a modern look, with a welcoming ambiance by moving towards a sleek, uncluttered finish. Utilise handle-free drawers, with doors and appliances tucked neatly away. This helps integrate the spaces and transforms the kitchen into an entertainment area rather than for cooking alone.