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Eurocucina is a kitchen design exhibition held by Salone del Mobile in Milan every second year.  We sent a team to the fair to find all the latest kitchen design trends that we can expect to start filtering into South African kitchen design in the next year or two!

Make sure you check out Part 1 of this article for the full download of trends, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the videos and interviews too!

  1. Extractor Fans Reinterpreted
Extractor fans have been given a makeover this year – move over stainless steel.

Extractor fans have finally been given the attention they’ve been calling out for. While designers used to treat them as purely functional objects, we saw the emergence of extractor fans being treated as feature elements. While still functional, extractor units have been dressed up to incorporate shelving, storage and hanging space for kitchen utensils and even potted herbs.

A striking extractor-fan-come-display unit shelving greens and herbs and strategically lit. Get the marble look with Caesarstone Statuario Maximus.
A striking extractor-fan-come-display unit shelving greens and herbs and strategically lit. Get the marble look with Caesarstone Statuario Maximus.
Extractor fans have become multi-functional, now acting as shelving units and display areas for kitchen utensils and even herbs.

Some designers have extended extractor units to the length of the kitchen island for dramatic effect.

 

2. Feature Walls

A busy, patterned feature wall can create a fun, striking kitchen space.
A busy, patterned feature wall can create a fun, striking kitchen space.

From Moroccan-inspired tiles; to geometrically-patterned wallpaper; metal; wood; and backlit, opaque glass; feature walls have been given a revamp. Often appearing behind open shelving, they offer soft mood lighting for the kitchen and an appealing contrast to other more textured materials applied in the kitchen.

Opaque, glass feature walls can look incredible when open shelves are placed directly in front of them, adding much needed lighting for styling and display items. Noble Grey Caesarstone tops, anyone?
Opaque, glass feature walls can look incredible when open shelves are placed directly in front of them, adding much needed lighting for styling and display items. Noble Grey Caesarstone tops, anyone?

Applying feature walls with balance is the key – a busy feature wall means the rest of the kitchen needs to be simpler to offset it.

This unusually patterned 3D feature wall adds a modern twist to what could have been a rather traditional kitchen. Get the countertop look with Caesarstone Fresh Concrete!
This unusually patterned 3D feature wall adds a modern twist to what could have been a rather traditional kitchen. Get this countertop look with Caesarstone Fresh Concrete!

3. Transitional Designs

The lines between styles were sometimes blurred, as seen in the transitional kitchen designs at Salone del Mobile. Combining elements of modern, classic, retro and Scandinavian kitchen designs was a noteworthy trend at this year’s show.

This transitional kitchen design features rough brickwork associated with industrial design as well as the clean lines we see in minimalist kitchens.

Designers incorporated references to the past through carefully placed, curated styling items – not just overall style choices. Juxtaposed with modern design elements, these transitional designs were really captivating at this year’s Eurocucina exhibition.

Old-world styling items can help to add to a transitional kitchen design when juxtaposed with modern elements.

4. Smart Kitchens

Our kitchens are getting smarter thanks to integrated technology.

Technological innovations have continuously crept into the kitchen space, and this year we saw even more developments. Wireless phone chargers built into kitchen countertops, digital scales incorporated into surfaces and remote controlled taps and sink surfaces were the most exciting new designs we spotted.

Wireless phone chargers have now been integrated into kitchen countertops

Kitchen innovations we can look forward to in future: a refrigerator that warns you when food items are running low or going off; kitchen-to-supermarket direct digital grocery orders; and a smart kitchen that suggests meal plans and playlists depending on who you are having over for dinner!

5. Curated Styling

Consciously and deliberately selecting styling items for your kitchen is essential for creating the look and feel you desire. We love these concrete-inspired countertops - they look like Caesarstone Sleek Concrete!
Consciously and deliberately selecting styling items for your kitchen is essential for creating the look and feel you desire. We love this concrete-inspired countertop – it looks like Caesarstone Raw Concrete!

Another trend from Eurocucina we think will begin influencing South African homeowners over the next year or two is curated styling. Each kitchen design was enhanced by carefully selected display pieces – some functional, some aesthetic – to help create a particular atmosphere in the kitchen.

Old-world styling elements were popular at the show, such as ceramics, antique-silver trays and heirloom kitchenware.

Ceramic pots and ornaments were popular with designers, as were metallic and wooden objects. Create this look in your home by being pedantic about which items you want on display, making sure that they all work together to create a cohesive space.

Each styling item in your kitchen adds to the ambience and sense of your personal style.
Each styling item in your kitchen adds to the ambience and sense of your personal style.

 

 

6. Integrated Spaces

A general seating area in the kitchen space for homework, mobile office work or even food preparation.

Integrated spaces are about incorporating living areas beyond the kitchen into the kitchen’s domain. With the kitchen being the central hub of the home, the dining, lounge and bar areas’ design scheme is informed by the kitchen design.

Open shelving divides the kitchen and dining area seen in the background, with the dining area taking its design cues from the kitchen scheme.

The look and feel of the kitchen sets the tone for the rest of the interior.

This is the minimalist kitchen area informing the design of the open shelving unit that separates the open plan kitchen and dining spaces.

This year we witnessed offices, lounge spaces and dining area designs integrated into the kitchen area.

A dining area is added to this kitchen island with a timber extension onto the kitchen island and bar stools. Try this modern slimline countertop thickness with Caesarstone Vivid White in a modern, slick 13mm gauge.
A dining area is added to this kitchen island with a timber extension onto the kitchen island and bar stools. Try this modern slimline countertop thickness with Caesarstone Vivid White in a modern, slick 13mm gauge.

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