Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

Last week saw KBB return to the NEC in Birmingham. I missed the show last year – something to do with getting married, so I thought I ought to pop up to Birmingham again this year and see what the show had to offer, and how it aligned to the trends that I wrote about on behalf of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) for the KBB Preview Magazine.

For an economy that seems to finally be on the up, I was excited to see what the show might offer. I was looking for unexpected materials, textures and even colours. Designs full of fun and frivolity! Sadly I was rather disappointed in the show. There seemed to be fewer exhibitors there than in previous years, and very little new and exciting in the product ranges on show.

2014 is about finding ways to save time, space, and money whilst creating a warm and inviting space. So, let’s take a look at what the kitchen trends for 2014 are, and where I found these at the show. I was on the lookout for kitchen solutions that ooze both style and practicality.

  1. Scandinavian-inspired, clean, white kitchens
    This minimalist, stream-lined look is still very much on-trend for 2014, with its simple, sleek white units, white worktops and unfussy, clean lines. Doca have a great range of super sleek units to fit this brief.


  1. Colour, pattern and fun
    In total contrast to this monochrome minimalism I am noticing an increasingly popular trend towards colour, pattern and fun. And I’m not just talking brightly painted units, like these happy yellow units from Nolte! Ornate tiles with exotic designs and gorgeous, rich colours are stealing the show, but sadly not the KBB show! I think they missed a trick here.


  1. All things natural
    This trend is all about natural wood effects, and I found this fairly rustic but modern looking kitchen at Leicht, complete with knotholes, cracks and a brushed surface to give it the gnarled aged wood character.


  1. Sophisticated neutrals
    Grey is still the new black for kitchen units, but dark, moody blues are also proving to be very fashionable shades, and look great with raw, industrial-style features such as exposed brickwork, wooden worktops and metal pendant lights. Again Leicht had some lovely moody neutrals to support this trend.

  2. Metallics
    These finishes are still very on-trend, with copper being the latest shade to come to the fore. Designers are looking for innovative ways to introduce this colour into their schemes, and I came across these fun sinks from Alveus, which come in copper, gold or anthracite.


  1. The ‘wow’ factor
    As clients increasingly seek the ‘wow’ factor in their kitchens, innovations in appliance technology are allowing the connected home to become a reality for today’s consumers. I know this is not a new product, but I can’t stop loving the Star cooker hood from Elica to add a bit of glamour and sparkle into your kitchen!


What are you lusting after for your kitchen today?

“Designers must produce what the public has not yet imagined.”
Steve Jobs

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