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!
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- Extractor Fans Reinterpreted
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.
Some designers have extended extractor units to the length of the kitchen island for dramatic effect.
2. Feature Walls
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Smart Kitchens
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.
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
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.
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.
6. Integrated Spaces
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.
The look and feel of the kitchen sets the tone for the rest of the interior.
This year we witnessed offices, lounge spaces and dining area designs integrated into the kitchen area.