Kitchen trends 2015

2015’s & 2016’s MOST POPULAR KITCHEN TRENDS

Open plan & entertainers kitchens have been the biggest trend in 2015 so if you’re opting for an open plan space, read these simple tips!

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We’re not entirely sure when it happened but, at some point in the last 10 years or so, the kitchen went from being a simple, functional space to prep a meal to the focal point of the home. A recent survey conducted by user-generated renovation site Houzz found up to 85 percent of people surveyed spent more than two hours a day in their kitchens.

Jenny Drew, the Editor of Houzz Australia says this is why the “entertainer’s kitchen” is now one of the most popular trends in the renovation market. “Our survey found 41 percent say easy entertaining is their top-rated kitchen function,” Drew says. “Nearly half of renovators who took the survey opted for an open-plan design (46 percent) and one-in-five are including a built-in bar or wine storage [area].” She believes the trend has emerged because of time poor we’ve become. “An entertainer’s kitchen creates a central hub to gather around for cooking, chatting, working and doing homework,” she says.

Sound appealing? Here are the biggest Houzz trends for entertainer’s kitchens in 2015:

“Sociable” kitchen islands: “Islands are now being built with cantilevered tops to allow guests to sit around and have a conversation.”    think Granite Transformations Engineered stone

Built-in bar and wine storage: Take a dividing space and install some shelves, a bar fridge and a bench top to create a mini-bar.     think Baumatic wine storage BWC157-319-646-694-6166

Walk-in pantry: If you have the space, a butler’s pantry is a great way to create more storage and hide dirty dishes when you’re socialising.    ask your Flair Cabinets kitchen designer

Kitchen dining table: This is not to be confused with a dining room table! If you have a big enough kitchen space it will provide a spot for casual dining and homework.

Breakfast nooks: More often than not, these are now posh enough for a dinner party.    ask your Flair Cabinets kitchen designer

Digital entertainment: “18 percent of surveyed homeowners who took our survey were working on a kitchen project and are planning to include a TV or built-in music system.”

A good dishwasher: “A place to stash the dishes while the guests are still around,” Drew says.     think Baumatic BBM14S ultra low noise dishwasher with brushless motor technology

Ample glassware: “With water and wine of many colours, do you really want to be washing them up each time someone wants another drink? I don’t!”

Durable surfaces: “Low-maintenance surfaces (engineered stone or stainless-steel, for instance) which are easy to clean and won’t leave you still clearing up at 2am are the way to go,” Drew explains.      think Granite Transformations Engineered stone

Indoors/outdoors: “Bi-fold kitchen doors that open up to an outdoor entertaining space are popular and kitchen serveries are popping up time and time again allowing food and drinks to be passed from both zones.”

Not up for a full scale reno?

Drew says even those who are not up for a full-scale renovation can get in on the entertainer’s kitchen trend. “I can say with 100percent certainty that you don’t need to go for a whole kitchen overhaul to make it an entertainer’s haven,” she says.

If you don’t have a kitchen island, Drew suggests fashioning a breakfast bar from a spare patch of bench space. “You’ll need about a metre per stool, but it’ll be priceless if you want to chat while you cook,” Drew explains.

“iPad stations with speakers are a quick fix in place of a built-in system, and if you don’t have the luxury of a walk-in pantry, make the most of pull-out drawers to keep ingredients on hand while prepping for a party.” They also provide a sneaky spot to stash the dirty dishes and cookware until guests leave.

“[And] when you can’t squeeze in a home bar, opt for a drinks station. Nothing says ‘entertainer’s kitchen’ quite like it,” Drew says.